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Anthony Davis Making Case for MVP

Davis is slowly catching Harden

Tommy Monaghan, Editor

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James Harden has been the front runner for MVP basically since the season began, and he still is definitely the favorite. It may sound dumb to think that Anthony Davis could catch Harden, especially now that the Rockets just ended a 17 game win streak, but Anthony Davis has been putting up unbelievable numbers since Demarcus Cousins went down.

Since Cousins has gone down, Davis has been the most dominant player in the NBA (photo via TheSlam.com)

Davis is second in scoring (28.3 ppg), ninth in rebounding (11.2 rpg), second in blocking (2.2 bpg), and he has the league’s second highest PER at 28.72. Admittedly, the top PER player in the league and leading scorer is MVP favorite James Harden. Since the Cousins injury, however, Davis has been averaging 35.8 points per game and 13.6 rebounds per game. More importantly, the Pelicans just had an eleven game winning streak and are two games behind the three seed in the West. If Davis and the Pelicans can keep this pace up, he will be stealing a lot of first place votes from Harden.

Last night, Anthony Davis and the Pelicans knocked off the top team in the East. They won by 19 as Davis scored 34 points in 33 minutes. As they close the season with a relatively easy schedule — except for one game against the Rockets and Warriors — the Pelicans will rise in the West. As they rise, Davis will get more and more MVP love.

Celtics fan Thomas Flaherty said “Davis is unbelievable, he killed us last night.” Junior Sloan Martin said “Harden is my MVP, but if the Pelicans can beat the Rockets on the 24th, then maybe I’ll change my mind.” John Goldszer said “this team would be worse than the Grizzlies without Davis, if they even make the playoffs, then Davis should be MVP.”

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