Superstar big of the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis took home honors as the center of this year’s All-NBA First Team.
It was another incredible statistically year for Anthony Davis in New Orleans.
His efforts would be rewarded this week with another honor. Davis was the big man in the All-NBA First Team for the 2016-2017 season.
Anthony set highs in multiple categories this year statistically. Davis averaged 28 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game this year. He is just the eighth player in NBA history to be top seven in all three of those categories. His season also includes shooting over 50 percent from the field and 29.9 percent from behind the arc.
This is the second time that Anthony Davis has earned the honor. The other was in New Orleans’ last playoff appearance in 2014-2015. He joins James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James on the first team.
Davis finished with 343 voting points, just four ahead of Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert for the honors. He is the first player in franchise history to earn the First Team honors twice and the second to get All-NBA honors for any of the three teams.
The others that earned recognition in the past were Jamal Mashburn, Baron Davis and Chris Paul.
However, this may be a bitter sweet honor for Anthony Davis. He did not receive the honor last year, missing out on any All-NBA team and plenty of money too. Unfortunately for him, it only nets a huge paycheck on contract years. Still, Davis’ big pay raise he earned last offseason has to feel good, especially with the numbers he is putting up.
Next year will be interesting for Davis. It will be the first time a true star will share the frontcourt with him in DeMarcus Cousins. His numbers when Boogie joined the fray stayed consistently strong and effective, even with Cousins’ addition. With an entire offseason to mesh their skill sets together and time for A.D. to regain his health, excitement continues to be high for the future.
Anthony Davis carried quite the load for the New Orleans Pelicans this season. Even from game one, where he put up 50 points against the Denver Nuggets. The All-NBA First Team is an honor well deserved for Davis and one that sets the tone for an extremely hopeful future for a man many forget is still just 24 years of age. Congratulations to Anthony Davis from all of us here at Pelican Debrief. Well deserved indeed.