HoopsHype Anthony Davis rumors


February 10, 2015 Updates

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

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

The NBA announced its four legends for the Shooting Stars competition at All-Star Weekend, going away from the traditional city-affiliated teams, which enables Stephen Curry to be joined by his father, Dell, on Team Curry. Other legends who will participate are Dominique Wilkins, Scottie Pippen, and Penny Hardaway. Chris Bosh, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook are leading their teams, while Swin Cash, Elena Della Donne, Sue Bird, and Tamika Catchings are the WNBA players participating. Boston Globe

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

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Team Bosh will compete against Team Curry featuring NBA player Stephen Curry, NBA Legend Dell Curry and WNBA player Sue Bird, Team Davis consisting of NBA player Anthony Davis, NBA Legend Scottie Pippen and WNBA player Elena Delle Donne and Team Westbrook involving NBA player Russell Westbrook, NBA Legend Anfernee ‘Penny’ Hardaway and WNBA player Tamika Catchings. NBA.com

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