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Anthony Davis scoring and protecting the ball at historic clip

Apr 7, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

Anthony Davis, Paul Pierce, Mason Plumlee

If you’re waiting for Anthony Davis to break out, stop.

He already has.

The 2012 No. 1 pick ranks fourth in the NBA in PER and 11th in win shares. He’s undeniably successful with a stunningly unique style, one Zach Lowe of Grantland and Rob Mahoney of Point Forward detailed so well recently.

But here’s what stood out to me: Davis is averaging 20.8 points per game with an 8.3 turnover percentage.

Turnovers are inevitable, and players who score a lot need the ball in their hands a lot. Therefore, they’re more prone to turnovers. This definitely applies to Davis and his rapidly expanding offensive game, but he’s bucking the turnover trend.

Scoring at least 20 points per game and turning the ball over on 10 or fewer percent of possessions is rare. For a player Davis’ age (21 but qualifying as a 20-year-old this season to Basketball-Reference), it’s unheard of.


Here’s the full list of qualifying players, sorted by age:


The next-youngest qualifier was 22-year-old Dirk Nowitzki, who’s also pushing the other end of the spectrum. He’s on pace this season (21.6 points per game, 7.5 turnover percentage) to become the oldest qualifier at 35.

If Davis can follow Nowitzki career path offensively, the second-year Pelican be in for quite the career. And let’s not forget Davis has shown more defensive potential than Nowitzki ever did.

Davis is going to be special. I’m certain, because he already is.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    I myself, welcome our new overlords… The era of the UNIBROWS!

  2. stayhigh_247 - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    He’s just scratching the surface on what he can do.

    • genericcommenter - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Yeah. I read that Grantland article the other day and there were a lot of good points about things he could still improve- and they seemed very doable, too. Could be scary good.

  3. elwaysagenius - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Maybe Monty can glue unibrows onto all of his players, in hopes that the other team confuses some of them for AD, and their players get scared of driving into the paint.

  4. kb2408 - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    I felt he would be good…but not “this” good, “this” soon!!

    • southbeachtalent - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Agreed, some guys are better in the pros. He’s clearly one of them.

  5. southbeachtalent - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    The future of the league, guy is a monster.

  6. pfic15 - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Just imagine if he gets a real team around him. Injuries ravaged this year And can we please lose Eric Gordon?

  7. bhunter1995 - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    The Pelicans need to get rid of Gordon, let Tyreke start instead. Then sign or trade for a small forward that can shoot, Aminu has no range and they need to space the floor. Get a solid bench Center, and PF and this team wouldbe filthy. It is a bit of a list no doubt but if they make the right moves and fill I . The holes they can build a successful team with the core of Holiday, Evans, Davis and Anderson.

    • turkbox420 - Apr 8, 2014 at 2:12 AM

      Gordon is better than Tyreke starting at the 2 spot. Tyreke is too small and Gordon is one of the best defensive guards in the NBA. He will be fully healthy next season and ready to run all season. In LA he out played every guard he faced, but he was playing like DWade early in his career and hurt his knee diving for the ball. The Clips with Gordon and Blake did not have the talent around them like CP3 does and were still playing well.

  8. bhunter1995 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Gordon won’t ever play a full season, you said Tyreke is too short for the two yet Tyreke is 6’5-6’6 and Gordon is 6’3. You must get your info about players defensive capabilities from 2k because Gordon is terrible on defense. Evans is a better finisher around the rim, a better passer and a better rebounder. If he improves his shooting he will be better then Gordon in every way consevable.

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