Anthony Davis PF/C NOP 3 days ago

Davis has put on a healthy 12 pounds this offseason while maintaining 10 percent body fat, the Pelicans' official site reports.

Anthony Davis PF/C NOP 3 weeks ago

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis sat out Team USA's minicamp practice Wednesday after rolling his ankle Tuesday, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Davis was able to do some light shooting after sustaining the injury, and he is fully expected to be healthy for the start of the regular season at the end of October. "He's just got a minor sprain, no big deal," Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said. "It's not any big deal. I think he's doing a good job (in the offseason). He's working on some things we talked about, just trying to get stronger and get a better feel for what we're talking about. Expanding his range, working on 3-point shots from the corner, things like that." Davis had a career-best season last year, averaging 24.4 points, 2.2 assists, 2.8 blocks and 10.2 rebounds in 36.1 minutes per game.

Anthony Davis PF/C NOP 2 months ago

Davis is expected to play center quite often next season, the New Orleans Advocate reports.

Coach Alvin Gentry believes he can slot Davis at the five because of the Pelicans' ability to guard smaller lineups. While it sounds matchup dependent, the team just re-signed Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca. Davis spent most of last season playing power forward, so the position change, combined with his mandate to shoot corner three-pointers, will help space the floor for the rest of his teammates.

Anthony Davis PF/C NOP 2 months ago

Davis signed a contract extension with the Pelicans.

Davis reportedly agreed to a five-year $145 million extension, but the Pelicans did not release the official terms of the deal with the signing. Davis is currently working on expanding his range to because an even bigger asset to the Pelicans.

Anthony Davis PF/C NOP 2 months ago

Davis is under orders by coach Alvin Gentry to make 150 corner three-pointers from each side of the court every day he works out this summer, the Times-Picayune reports. "That's got to become a consistent shot for him," Gentry said. "I don't think he's going to have any problem doing it. If you go back and look at his high school days, he was a very good 3-point shooter. We want him to shoot that shot. So I think you probably see him make more 3s than he's made his entire career."

Davis has made three three-pointers in his three-year career, but if he were to add a consistent long-range shot to his arsenal, his only negative fantasy category would be assists, and that's if Gentry doesn't utilize him as the offensive hub. Alternatively, adding a three-point shot will likely decrease his field goal percentage and sap a few of his rebounding chances, but that's the tradeoff a well-rounded offensive game. Should he stay healthy, Davis is in line to return number one fantasy value this season.

Anthony Davis PF/C NOP 2 months ago

Davis agreed to a five-year extension with New Orleans worth $145 million, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The contract contains a player option after the fourth year, but as Davis had one more year left on his rookie contract he will remain in New Orleans for at least the next five years. It is very reasonable to expect Davis to be the best player in the league for the majority of the length of that extension, and indeed he will probably be the consensus No. 1 pick in fantasy leagues in 2015-16. Still just 22 years old, Davis can still improve on his excellent campaign last season, and now with offensive-minded Alvin Gentry taking over the coaching duties, there is even more room for optimism going forward.

Anthony Davis PF/C NOP 2 months ago

Davis was absolutely phenomenal in his third NBA season, posting averages of 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.9 blocks and 1.5 steals in 36 minutes per game. He did miss 14 games with multiple injuries, but nothing appears to be lingering. Next season will be Davis' last under his rookie contract, and he will be due for a massive pay day after that.

It didn't seem possible, but Davis may have already exceeded the expectations put upon him before he even entered the league. After his tremendous 2014-15 campaign, it's clear that the big man out of Kentucky is the future of the NBA. Fantasy-wise, he will be among the most productive player you can have on your roster for the foreseeable future. He contributes in every single category both offensively and defensively, and best of all, he is insanely efficient. He shot 53.5 percent from the field this season and was able to score in a variety of ways. He's nearly unstoppable down low and has a fairly consistent mid-range jumper. There are now reports that he is working on developing a three-point shot, and while that may be a couple years away, it is clear Davis is on his way to becoming an unstoppable force on both ends of the floor in the NBA. Davis's most impressive statistic from last season may have been that he shot 80.5 percent from the free throw line while taking nearly seven a game. There is simply no way to stop this guy, and as he continues to get stronger and refine his game, it will only get harder to do so. Now, heading into next season, Davis will be playing under former Warriors assistant coach Alvin Gentry, who will likely increase the tempo of New Orleans' offensive attack and allow for Davis to become even more dangerous in the open floor.

Anthony Davis PF/C NOP 3 months ago

Davis could see his already stellar production improve significantly under new coach Alvin Gentry next season.

Gentry is still working for the Warriors as their associate head coach, helping them fight for a championship against the Cavaliers over the next two weeks, but once the NBA Finals wraps up, Gentry should give some hints as to the different ways he plans to use Davis on both sides of the court next season. The Pelicans were one of the slowest offenses in the league during Monty Williams' time there as the head coach. Gentry worked under Mike D'Antoni in Phoenix and took over the team when D'Antoni left, getting the team he inherited to the Western Conference finals in 2009-10. Gentry is a believer in running at a fast pace and keeping the opposing team's defense on its heels. Probably the most significant changes in Davis' production will come in the assists category, but there's also the potential that he could extend his already fluid jump shot beyond the arc. With all of his other tools, if Davis starts dishing and swishing from deep, he could be a positive contributor in literally every standard fantasy category next season.

Anthony Davis PF/C NOP 4 months ago

Davis scored 36 points (14-20 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 8-9 FT) with 11 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in series-ending loss to the Warriors on Saturday.

Davis left it all on the line again in this one, but got little help from his supporting cast aside from Eric Gordon. If The Brow adds the three point shot to his repertoire this summer like he's promised to, he will likely be the consensus No.1 pick in re-drafts next season.

Anthony Davis PF/C NOP 4 months ago

Davis grabbed 15 boards and scored 29 points (11-22 FG, 7-9 FT) Thursday in a Game 3 loss, in addition to picking up three assists, three blocks and two steals in 46 minutes.

Davis has scored 20-plus points in six straight games, going back to the regular season. He's shooting 50 percent from the floor in April and has six double-doubles.