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Is it time to consider Anthony Davis a serious MVP candidate? 

Glenn Kaplan
ANALYST
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97   //    09 Mar 2018, 20:21 IST

NBA All-Star Game 2018
NBA All-Star Game 2018

When DeMarcus Cousins went down with a torn Achilles on January 26 against the Houston Rockets, the New Orleans Pelicans thought they weren't going to be the same team without him. Ever since Cousins went down, it seems as if the Pelicans are playing just fine and Anthony Davis is carrying the load.

The Pelicans record is 11-5 ever since Cousins has been out. Davis has scored 30 or more points in eight of those contests. He has led the team in scoring 11 times in that span. Anthony Davis is making a serious push for MVP.

Davis has the Pelicans currently in the four spot in the western conference with a 38-26 record. Where would New Orleans be right now without Davis? He actually suffered a sprained ankle in Wednesday's 114-101 win on the road against the Sacramento Kings. Davis is doubtful for Friday night's contest against the Washington Wizards.

If he can't go, they will miss his presence. Davis's injury doesn't seem to be serious at all. If New Orleans loses without him, it will be another clue why Davis could win the MVP award. Anthony Davis is averaging 28.1 PPG 11.1 RPG and 2.3 BPG so far this season.

The thing is, is he making a push too late? I don't think so, but there will be an uproar if James Harden (Houston Rockets) doesn't win the MVP this season. Harden is averaging 30.9 PPG 5.2 RPG 8.9 APG and 1.9 SPG so far this season. Because of Harden's play, the Houston Rockets are currently the one seed in the western conference with a 51-13.

It wouldn't be surprising if Anthony Davis received MVP votes at the end of the season. It would be surprising for him to win the MVP because of the year James Harden is having in Houston. Anthony Davis will win an MVP award one day and he will soon be the best player in the NBA.


Glenn Kaplan
ANALYST
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