MVP Race: Nobody can slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo

MVP Race: Nobody can slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo

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MVP Race: Nobody can slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo

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5. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

STATS: 28.0 ppg, 12.4 rpg, 4.7 apg, 2.8 bpg, 1.7 spg, 50.3 FG%

The Pelicans have lost 9 of their last 14 games, and the last time they won consecutive games was on Nov. 19. On far too many occasions, Davis has posted a monster stat-line yet New Orleans lost. Over the Pelicans’ last eight losses, Davis is averaging 28.6 points, 11.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.8 blocks and 2.6 steals.

There’s only so much one player can do. He ranks third in the NBA in points per game, second in blocks per game, sixth in rebounds per game and 12th in steals per game. He’s leading the league in PER, Win Shares, Real Plus/Minus and Value Over Replacement Player, but he may not even make the playoffs.

This is exactly why teams like the Lakers are plotting for ways to land Davis either via trade or free agency. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski touched on this during his recent trade-season preview, pointing out that the Lakers won’t move certain assets because they’re saving them in hopes that Davis will become available (which could happen this summer if he declines to sign a super-max extension).

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