After the New Orleans Pelicans won their third consecutive preseason game over the Orlando Magic, one thing has become clear: Anthony Davis is not the player he was at Kentucky, and he is not the player that he was as a rookie. He’s much improved.
In three preseason games, Davis has racked up 21,25, and 29 points respectively. In the win over the Magic, he finished with 29 on 9-of-20 shooting. Davis showed a go-to jump hook over his left shoulder, the ability to knock down jump shots out to 18 feet, as well as the ability to still attack the basket when given the opportunity. The Pelicans power forward was able to get to the free-throw line eleven times, including nine in the third quarter alone, and converted all eleven opportunities.
In addition to showing his improved offensive game, Davis showed that he is still a capable rebounder and dynamic defender. He hauled in nine rebounds, swatted four shots away, and finished with two steals.
When asked about the former No.1 overall pick, head coach Monty Williams responded, “He’s only scratching the surface. He’s only going to get better. He has a way to go, and he has to continue to work. He’s got to get better talking on defense and understand how physical teams are playing him and reacting to that. But what I thought he did well in the third quarter is get to the line.”
Clearly, the sky is the limit for Anthony Davis, but it appears he may already beginning to play at high level.