Here’s something about me: I’m never going to tell you how to raise your kids. I’d like it if you didn’t tell me how to raise mine, so I won’t tell you how to raise yours. But, and you knew there was a but coming, I do believe it’s time for you to have a conversation with your kids about Anthony Davis. Correction: Anthony Marshon Davis, Jr.
But it might be better if you refer to him as Mr. Davis, because Mr. Davis is going off right now and last night against the Suns he was just a monster: 53 points, 17 rebounds, 5 blocks. Yes, I know they’re the Phoenix Suns and there are times where you can’t tell the difference between them and a G-League team. The Suns are that embarrassing. But those numbers are truly absurd.
Sidebar: as long as we’re talking absurd, Emeka Okafor had 14 points and 4 rebounds for the Pelicans last night. EMEKA OKAFOR! He returned to the NBA for the first time since 2013 and he’s dropping double figures on fools.
But even that pales in comparison to Anthony Davis going for better than 50-15-5. Would you like another level of absurdity? The only other guys in NBA history to go 50-15-5 are Wilt Chamberlain and Bob McAdoo. That’s it. No Shaq. No Dream. No Admiral. Just those two and The Brow.
And Phoenix couldn’t do a damn thing to slow him much less stop him. Three of the Suns bigs fouled out trying to slow him down and that clearly didn’t work. Because Anthony Davis is an unstoppable force. And he doesn’t get talked about nearly enough, in large part because he’s playing in New Orleans, not LA or New York or with a juggernaut of a team like Golden State or Houston.
Want a guy who can carry a team? Anthony Davis can carry a team, because he’s doing this without DeMarcus Cousins. As Davis said to Rachel Nichols recently: “When [Cousins] goes down, it goes back to A.D. before DeMarcus. A lot of minutes. Weight of the world on your shoulders. You know, you’ve got to carry the team on your back. You’ve got to almost get 40 every night to give us a chance to win. And it’s back to that.”
He’s making that weight look easy. Last night was his 5th 40-point, 10-rebound game this month alone. And also had games of 38 and 9 and 38 and 10.
Want some more numbers? New Orleans has won six straight and during that run, AD is averaging 42 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 steals, and 2 assists. Those aren’t even real. Those numbers wouldn’t even make sense in 2K. They’re comical.
And if you want a real laugh, take a look at his resume: a national champion in college. A 5-time All-Star. 2-time all NBA first team. An Olympic gold medalist. And he’s ONLY 24 YEARS OLD. I REPEAT, HE’S ONLY 24 YEARS OLD. He doesn’t turn 25 until next month. He’s not even in his prime yet. If he wanted to rent a car, he’d have to pay a premium for another couple of weeks.
No lie. I’m tripping on this guy. ANTHONY DAVIS IS AVERAGING 42 AND 15 OVER THE LAST SIX GAMES AND HE’S ONLY 24 YEARS OLD!!!!
This is mind-blowing stuff that he’s doing, but he’s making it look so easy that every thinks it’s easy. It’s not. Because every night, every opponent is keying on him to stop him and they can’t.
So, sometime before your children go to bed tonight, take a few minutes with them. Catch up on their day. Talk to them about their friends. And then talk to them about Anthony Davis. Because it’s time they knew and it’s time they appreciated. It’s time we all knew and it’s time we all appreciated. Because this dude is not getting nearly the credit he deserves. Sometimes I say I have been giving myself enough credit. When in reality, I should be saying, I’m not giving Anthony Davis enough credit. No one is.