Anthony Davis is the greatest college basketball player I have ever seen. I’ve never witnessed an individual player impact the game on defense as much he did during his championship run at Kentucky. Averaging an SEC record five blocks per game, I predicted during the Wildcats historic season that A.D. would be an all-time great pro and even went so far as to call him the greatest NBA prospect I’ve ever seen, and I was right.
During Davis’ six-year career, he’s already accomplished quite a bit. He’s a five-time All-Star, two-time blocks leader, two-time all-NBA first team member, and he’s been selected to two all-defensive teams and will likely add to the last two at the end of this season.
However, when you look at his resume, what is he missing (aside from a championship)? Well, its an MVP award, and I believe that this is the season the young superstar deserves to win it.
Anthony Davis has been incredible this season, averaging 28.1 ppg, 11.1 boards, and 2.5 blocks per game, while shooting 53 percent from the field. But, even taking a look past his numbers, Davis has had to deal with far less talent around him than that of the other premier MVP candidates, including Lebron James, James Harden, and Damien Lillard.
Since the Boogie Cousins injury this past January, Anthony Davis has been the best player in the NBA, and it’s not even close. He’s averaged 33 points, 13 boards, two steals, and two blocks, while shooting better than 52 percent from the field. Nobody in the league is playing better basketball than A.D., and that’s a fact. Period.
I’ve seen the arguments for both Lebron James and James Harden, but neither of them make a more compelling case than the one for Davis. For one, Davis’ defense in comparison to Lebron’s and Harden’s isn’t even a debate. A.D. has hands down been the better defender than both. Secondly, let’s look at their teams in comparison to where they are in the standings.
James Harden has, arguably, the best roster in the league. Now, of course with “The Beard,” they’re not the same 60-win team that they’ve been this season, but make no mistake about it. They are still a playoff team at minimum with CP3, Coach D’Toni, and Gordon running the show. Now, for Lebron and the Cavs, I understand the argument completely. Regardless, his roster is better than A.D.’s, and they still only have one more win in the weaker conference. The proof is in the pudding, folks.
We desperately need to stop determining the winner of the MVP award strictly off who was the best player on the best team. The result of MVP voters doing this for years is solely the reason why the real MVPs year-in and year-out don’t win it. Anthony Davis should win the MVP award this season, and if he does, it will add to his ever-growing resume.