New Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry calls Anthony Davis “The best player in the NBA not named LeBron James”

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Fresh off winning a championship as an assistant with the Warriors, Alvin Gentry was finally officially introduced Monday morning as the next head coach of the Pelicans. His uptempo offensive style should be a great fit with the Pelicans’ roster, and he gets the opportunity to coach the league’s fastest-rising star in Luke Babbitt Anthony Davis. Gentry made his excitement known at his introductory press conference.

From the Times-Picayune‘s John Reid:

With emerging star power forward Anthony Davis in the fold, Gentry said the Pelicans roster has tremendous potential and he is eager to get started.

”We got the best player in the NBA, not named LeBron James,” Gentry said. ”But I’m really excited. I look at the roster and I lot of these guys I have a special relationship with.”

He’s not exactly wrong. The other player in that discussion is Kevin Durant, but he missed most of the 2014-15 season with a foot injury. If he’s healthy, he’s probably still the second-best player in the NBA. But taking into account age (Davis is 22) and untapped potential, there’s nobody in the league that any coach should be more excited to get to work with than Davis.