Anthony Davis is one of the NBA’s very best players. He averages 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.7 steals per game. He leads the NBA in PER and ranks third in win shares and third in real plus-minus.
He also just requested a trade.
There’s no guarantee Davis maintains his elite production. He’s currently out with a finger injury. There’s also no guarantee the Pelicans trade him before next week’s deadline. They have him under contract through next season.
But Davis has a chance to have one of the best-ever seasons by someone who changed teams mid-year.
Here’s everyone who made an All-NBA team while switching teams during the season:
Here’s everyone to get an MVP vote while switching teams during the season:
And it’s not as if Davis excels at only his position. James Harden has emerged as strong MVP favorite, but Davis is squarely in the mix with Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant for spots lower on the ballot. Davis could easily finish top-four, which would surpass Wilt Chamberlain’s fifth-place finish in 1965, when he got traded from the San Francisco Warriors to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Obviously, essential variables remain – how Davis plays the rest of the season, whether New Orleans actually trades him.
But this has the potential to be one of the most seismic, league-altering in-season trades in NBA history.