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New Orleans Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis' availability for this weekend's All-Star Game will likely depend on whether he can play in New Orleans' home game Wednesday against Indiana, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Davis, who suffered a shoulder sprain Saturday night after a hard fall against Chicago, remains a doubt for the Pelicans' game against Indiana as he continues to undergo treatment. ESPN.com

New Orleans Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis' availability for this weekend's All-Star Game will likely depend on whether he can play in New Orleans' home game Wednesday against Indiana, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Davis, who suffered a shoulder sprain Saturday night after a hard fall against Chicago, remains a doubt for the Pelicans' game against Indiana as he continues to undergo treatment. The Pelicans have officially listed Davis as questionable for Wednesday night's game. ESPN.com

The developed product, as showcased in this post by Grantland's Kirk Goldsberry, is striking: Davis has become one of the NBA's most accurate jump shooters from the top of the floor. His success there comes by design. "I thought it would be the easiest shot – a straight-on-shot – because it's just like a free throw but it's a couple steps back," Davis said. "It's the same shot, you just jump. As I've started knocking down that shot I'm trying to make sure I get the mechanics down from that spot. Once I get my mechanics down, we'll try to move around after that. It'll be the same shot just a different angle." Sports Illustrated

Davis has progressed so much so quickly as a shooter that he tabbed his jumper as his signature move in this deconstructive feature from American Express. That in itself is a radical development given that Davis shot 34.6 percent on jump shots as a rookie, many of which were surrendered by a defense that saw no reason to defend Davis closely at range. With such dramatic improvement in his shooting (Davis is up to 42.3 percent on jumpers overall and near 50 percent from the top of the floor), Davis antiquated that approach quickly. "I think a lot of teams are listing me as a good shooter from mid-range there and trying to contest high or have some guy stunt at me to try to throw me off," Davis said. "That's where, if you knock down a couple shots, a pump fake comes in and moves off the dribble come into play." Sports Illustrated

That said, Davis, who would be a senior in college basketball this year, has been the best player in the NBA this season. At just 21, he's putting up numbers that we've rarely seen in league history. To really put things in perspective, let's compare those with the stats of some of the all-time greats at the power forward and center positions when they were 21. HoopsHype

February 9, 2015 Updates

"It is a lot to be 21, so much is expected of you and you’ve got to do it," Davis says. "You’ve got to live up to it, that’s the hardest thing about it. I talk to my friends and they’re graduating school and about to have parties and all this stuff. I’m like, ‘I’ve got to work.’ It comes with the territory." SB Nation

Williams has taken criticism for everything from his strategies to his rotations, but he’s been consistent with what he terms his ‘responsibility’ to coach Davis. A father of five and a deeply religious man, Williams doesn’t obsess over what people have to say about his young star or their expectations. "I don’t listen to it," Williams tells me in his office after a practice. "When I turn the TV on I turn the volume down. I never read the stuff that people write because to me it clouds your focus. We have a gameplan, we have a list of things we’re trying to do with our team, with Anthony from an individual standpoint, we stick to it and we talk to each other about what we need to do, and we leave it at that. The other people, they’re not here every day. SB Nation

Tonight on “The Grantland Basketball Hour” the trio of Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose and Ryen Russillo unveiled and discussed the final 25 players on Simmons long running NBA Trade Value list. And for the first time since 2006 someone other than LeBron James was named number one. Anthony Davis. The case for Davis is easy to make. At just 21 Davis is already one of the three best players in basketball. Unlike most of the other guys in the conversation Davis is still on his rookie deal, meaning that even when his extension does kick in, in the coming years he still will be making less money than most great players. Pelican Debrief

February 8, 2015 Updates

Unable to overcome not having Davis, the Pelicans were routed 107-72 by the Chicago Bulls at the Smoothie King Center. Davis landed hard on his right shoulder after a dunk with 5:28 remaining in the second quarter. It appeared that Davis couldn't catch his balance after hanging on the rim after the dunk. Davis stayed in the game for about a minute before leaving to get his shoulder checked by the team's training staff in the locker room. After halftime the Pelicans listed Davis as questionable to return with a right shoulder injury, but shortly changed their update to not returning. New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 7, 2015 Updates
 

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