The Golden State Warriors could potentially find themselves in a position to trade for New Orleans superstar, Anthony Davis. Here, we discuss three reasons why the Warriors should pull the trigger.
Believe it or not, Anthony Davis is only 25 years old. Playing in his seventh NBA season, Davis has been a star in the league since he was 19 years old. With this being said, it’s safe to assume that he has only begun his reign of terror.
Davis came into the league averaging 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a game. After winning the 2012-13 Rookie of the Year award, AD took his game to new heights.
Since his rookie year, Davis has averaged 20+ points, 10+ rebounds, 2+ blocks and 1+ steals per game in six consecutive seasons. Anthony joins elite company with names such as Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson and Elvin Hayes as the only players in NBA history to record multiple seasons of these statistics.
The scariest thing about Davis is that he has been improving rapidly and is still a few years away from his prime. Currently, AD is averaging 28.7 points, 13.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.6 blocks a game. All of these marks are career-bests for Davis, outside of blocks.
By trading for Anthony Davis, the Warriors would not be sacrificing their future in the slightest. Davis provides something that few players in the league can bring. He will help the Warriors compete in the present as well as secure their spot as contenders for the future.
2. Scoring machine
Anthony Davis has all of the qualities of an elite scorer. He has a versatile offensive repertoire and is capable of lighting up opposing teams on a nightly basis.
Standing at 6 foot 10 inches and weighing 253 pounds, AD can punish teams in the paint. He is a talented post scorer and has the patience to let the play come to him. Davis rarely forces the action and is exceptional at exploiting team’s weaknesses.
Right now, Davis is scoring the seventh most points per game off of post-ups at 1.6 field goals a game.
However, what makes Davis so great on offense is his ability to score from any area on the floor. While shots in the paint are his most frequent plan of attack, he can also knock down jumpers from mid-range and even the 3-point line.
For the season, Davis is shooting 46 percent from 10-14 feet and 32.4 percent from beyond the 3-point line. He isn’t a huge threat from deep but he hits enough to force the opposing team to respect his jumper. As a result, the court opens up for the rest of his game.
With the Golden State Warriors, Davis would see more freedom on the court than ever before. The spacing on the court would allow him to attack freely with the option to pass out to other 3-point shooters. This would truly be a match made in heaven.
1. Rim protection
The Golden State Warriors have a serious rim protection problem. Opposing teams have felt no resistance in their drives to the rim and it has hurt the Warriors defense as a whole.
Somehow, the Dubs lead the entire league in blocks at 6.2 a game. This statistic would lead most to believe that there is no issue with their rim protection. However, the Warriors are allowing teams to shoot 64.3 percent in the paint, which is the fourth highest percentage in the league.
Basically, if no one on the Warriors roster blocks the opponents shot in the paint, that shot is likely going in. In other words, the Dubs only hope of stopping an interior shot is blocking it as they have no player capable of successfully deterring an opponents attempt.
Bringing in Anthony Daivs would be the perfect fix for this hole in their defense. Davis ranks second in blocks by averaging 2.6 blocks per game.
Not only is Davis one of the best shot blockers in the league, but he excels at protecting the paint in general. While he can’t block every single shot attempt, he can at least contest it and make it harder for the opponent to make the shot.
On average, players shoot 3.3 percent worse from 2-point range when Anthony Davis is defending them. This type of defense is something that would be very valuable to the Warriors right now.
Being an elite defensive team is something that the Warriors have always prided themselves on. This season, they have been far from a powerhouse defense. Trading for Davis would instantly flip this around and help the Dubs compete for a third straight NBA Championship.