Over at DIME, I took a look at how Anthony Davis could potentially make another leap in year three. Did you know he’s been working on a corner three this off-season? Can you imagine Davis with stretch four capabilities, playing next to a rim protector like Omer Asik on the defensive end?
There are still a lot of questions about the rest of the Pelicans roster. But Davis might have the answer for some of those anyways.
You can read the entire piece here, excerpt is below.
If his rookie year was encouraging, last season was absolutely terrifying — for the rest of the league, that is. His averages shot up to 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and a league-leading 2.8 blocks per game. His win shares went from 6.1 to 10.4.
Despite Davis’s individual brilliance, the Pelicans were a terrible defensive team last season. New Orleans lacked another frontcourt player who they could pair with Davis on the defensive end. Despite only appearing in 22 games last year, Ryan Anderson is a terrific offensive player, but asking him for above-average production on the defensive end is unrealistic. The rest of the roster included players like Jason Smith, Greg Stiemsma and Alexis Ajinca, who are adequate but not exactly guys to discourage opponents from taking the ball to the basket.
As a result, the Pelicans were in the bottom ten team for defensive rebounding percentage last season. They were also in the bottom five for defensive efficiency, allowing 107.3 points per 100 possessions.