Anthony Davis could be first player ever traded during All-NBA first-team season

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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:

Season Player From To All-NBA team
2008-09 Chauncey Billups DET DEN 3
2000-01 Dikembe Mutombo ATL PHI 2
1994-95 Clyde Drexler POR HOU 3
1993-94 Dominique Wilkins ATL LAC 3
1971-72 Archie Clark PHI BAL 2
1968-69 Dave DeBusschere DET NYK 2
1964-65 Wilt Chamberlain SFW PHI 2
1956-57 Slater Martin NYK STL 2
1952-53 Andy Phillip PHW FTW 2

Here’s everyone to get an MVP vote while switching teams during the season:

Season Player From To MVP rank
2009-10 Stephen Jackson GSW CHA 12
2008-09 Chauncey Billups DET DEN 6
2004-05 Vince Carter TOR NJN 13
1994-95 Clyde Drexler POR HOU 14
1993-94 Dominique Wilkins ATL LAC 11
1976-77 Moses Malone BUF HOU 6
1964-65 Wilt Chamberlain SFW PHI 5

Nobody has ever made the All-NBA first team while playing for multiple teams in a season. But Davis is favored to be first-team center this year, ahead of Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic.

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.