In just his second pro season Davis is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.5 steals, and a league leading 3.3 blocks per game.
San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan, Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins were all in the running to replace Bryant along with Davis.
The volatile DeMarcus Cousins expressed his dismay over not being named an All-Star last week.
“I feel like I’ve played at a high level,” Cousins told NBA.com. “Do I feel like I can do better? Absolutely. But I feel like I was pretty deserving of an All-Star spot.”
Maybe Cousins did deserve to be All-Star. He’s putting up 22.7 points and 11.6 rebounds a game, but Anthony Davis is just as deserving.
Davis is not only the leading candidate for Most Improved Player; he’s also in the running for Defensive Player of the Year.
The Pelicans have a poor 21-27 record, but Davis’ numbers are undeniable. The All-Star Game is being played in New Orleans, so it’s only right to have the Pelicans’ best player represented in the big game.
The 2014 NBA All-Star Game takes place live Sunday, February 16 on TNT.