It’s the 2015 NBA off season. While the Golden State Warriors are basking in their glory of claiming the NBA championship, there is another force in the NBA that has the media’s attention—–Anthony Davis. Reporters and basketball fans worldwide are intrigued by the power forward’s new workout regiment, which included easily making three-point shots and gaining an extra 33 pounds. There is no doubt that Davis would approach MVP-caliber for the 2015-2016 season. Fast forward to almost a year later and Anthony Davis missed out on $24 million because he did not place in any of the All-NBA teams.
How did this happen? How did a player who seemed so focused and ready to dominate the next NBA season, which is shown in the video above, fall so short?
Injuries have a lot to do with it. In March, head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans Alvin Gentry announced that the 23-year-old was done for the remainder of the season. His knee and shoulder injuries, which he played with throughout the season, got the best of him and ultimately created a dead-end for Davis’ projected successful season.
Though his injuries seem to be winning the battle, the best is yet to come from Anthony Davis. This salary cut should not indicate a decline in his performance. Davis has what it takes and much more to be a great power forward. He averaged 24.3 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game this season before he was shut down. Furthermore, those three-point workouts came in handy. His three-point percentage increased tremendously this season, jumping from 8.3 to 32.4. He made another feat in his career when he scored a career-high of 59 points against the Detroit Pistons this season.
If Davis can remain healthy throughout the season, he will be closer to greatness. But what he has done this season alone, despite the abrupt ending, is not far from that status at all.
Spark Sports NBA Analyst