If somebody asked you to write down the top three power forwards in the league today, whom would you rank as your number one? I would venture to say that Kevin Love and Blake Griffin dominate most people’s lists, as well as they should. But I am here to tell you that neither one of those players is as deserving as someone else: Anthony Davis. Now, before you dismiss this solely as a homer pick, let me ask you another question: which one of the three would you choose to build a franchise around? Chances are, most people are going to go with Davis.
Through fifty-seven games this season, Davis is averaging 20.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks per 36 minutes. To put that in perspective, only one other power forward has ever averaged 20/10/3. Care to take a guess who did it and when? If you answered Tim Duncan during last season, then you have won todays trivia portion of my article. Please tweet at me (@SaidHeHadAStory) to redeem your internet points as soon as possible.
I’m not going to come out an say that the Brow is going to be better than the greatest power forward in basketball history, but the numbers are a lot closer than you think. For instance, Time Duncan didn’t reach the 20/10 mark until his third season in the league. Anthony Davis has done it in only his second year. Also, TimmyD’s best seasons came with the aid of David Robinson muscling his was down low. AD is missing three of the top six scorers on his team in Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, and Jason Smith. When a guy can put up those numbers with so little help around him, it’s hard not to be impressed. Just imagine what he can do when his team is healthy for once in his career.
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When looking at Duncan’s first full season breaking that 20 point, 10 rebound threshold, I noticed Davis actually has better numbers this season. TimmyD averaged 16 shots a game while shooting 49% from the field. Davis is only averaging 15 shots a game, but at 52% from the field. So Davis shoots less, but scored more often than Duncan did. Like I said before, It becomes even more impressive when Davis has little help around him on his team. No offense to Alexis Ajinca or Greg Stiemsma, but neither one doesn’t exactly invoke the fear of the General to other teams.
So what’s the bottom line fantasy perspective of AD? Here are the per 36 of Griffin, Love, and the Brow for this season:
The best way to describe AD is the middle man between Love and Griffin, but can do much more for your team. Personally, if I’m just doing the eye test, Davis is the guy that I am taking with flying colors. There’s a reason he was able to put up numbers in his second season that the greatest power forward in the history of the NBA couldn’t do for fifteen years.
At the end of the day, there is no telling where Davis will finish his career. He may drop off and be a 10/10/2 guy, which isn’t the worst thing in the world. But the more likely scenario is that he becomes a 25/12/4 guy for the next ten years, and fills the stat sheet for many winning fantasy teams. So if you’re faced with the decision next year of who to take between Love, Griffin, and Davis, make the right pick and take AD. See what the Brow can do for you.