Anthony Davis has started the new NBA season in record breaking fashion, surpassing Michael Jordan’s record for the most points in the first two games of an NBA season.
However, despite Davis’ two heroic performances, his team find themselves 0-2 after losing their opening games to the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors.
It is difficult to see how it would even be possible for AD to play at a higher level than where his game is currently at, which means his teammates must up their game to help Davis.
If they do not, the Pelicans risk having AD’s otherworldly play amount to nothing if the team cannot get positive results from it, and just a little bit of extra support from the rest of the squad could make all the difference.
Prior to last night’s game against the Golden State Warriors, Davis was even tipped to win the NBA scoring title this season by four-time award winner Kevin Durant, and with 95 points in two games he has already jumped the gun on the rest of the league.
Losing their point guard and former All-Star Jrue Holiday, who is caring for his recovering wife and new-born child for the first period of the season, is a major blow for New Orleans, but that does not diminish the fact that the rest of the team must perform at a higher level.
Through two games Davis is averaging 47.5 points, 16.5 rebounds, 4 assists, 4.5 steals and 3 blocks per game, numbers that may never have been seen in the NBA before!
They are virtually impossible to continue for a full season, but even if Davis can continue to play at an elite level he would certainly be one of the heavy favourites to win this season’s Most Valuable Player Award.
Davis, however, would surely prefer to have had team success over his personal accomplishments through these first two fixtures of the season, but the team’s ability to win could also have a big impact on how AD’s statistical feats are perceived.
If the Pelicans were to miss the playoffs in the Western Conference is there any way that Davis could be considered for MVP honours come the end of the season?
The argument would certainly be made by the opposition that his dominant performances do not mean a lot if the team do not come out with victories, and in the modern day where contenders for top awards are scrutinised so heavily it would be difficult to see if Davis would have a chance.
After all, the crown is named ‘regular-season MVP’ for a reason, but if Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, Lebron James or another star leads their side to a 55 or 60-win season it is difficult to see the media voting the way of Davis…