Anthony Davis went to the free-throw line eight times Friday night in the Pelicans' 124-123 overtime victory over the Miami Heat. That should have meant eight times the chant, "MVP, MVP" was heard in the Smoothie King Center. Not once did it happen. Maybe the fans have seen Davis dominate so much that they take it for granted. Or perhaps they just aren't appreciating the greatness the Brow is displaying during this incredible MVP-like stretch that has the team on a four-game winning streak heading into Sunday's road game against the Milwaukee Bucks. No, Davis likely won't hoist the Maurice Podoloff Trophy presented to the league's Most Valuable Player. It's almost certainly going to James Harden or LeBron James. But even if AD won't get the trophy, he at least deserves the chant, just like Golden State's Steph Curry and Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Toronto's DeMar Derozan get every time they step to the free-throw line in their home arenas. There was a time this season when AD and sidekick DeMarcus Cousins both deserved to hear the chants. But now that Cousins is gone for the season with a torn Achilles, the chants should all go to Davis. He has more than earned them, especially during the team's current winning streak that is tied for their longest of the season. His numbers don't lie. In the four wins against the Nets, Pistons, Lakers and Heat, Davis is averaging 42.3 points, 14.8 rebounds and three blocks. His best stat line during that run came Friday night when he recorded 45 points, 17 rebounds, five blocks and five steals. It's the first time since the NBA began recording blocked shots in the 1973-74 season that a player has posted a 40-15-5-5 stat line. Even more impressive, he's scored 40 points six times this season, all in the past 17 games when the team has needed him most in the Western Conference logjam. Harden, who would get my vote for MVP, and Davis are the only players in the league who have scored 40 points at least six times this season. (Harden has hit 40 or more on eight occasions). Davis is averaging 34.9 points in the month of Feburary. He's had 40 or more points in four of the 10 games since Cousins' injury. Davis has a simple explanation of why he's taken things up a notch now that the locker beside his is empty.
Anthony Davis won't win MVP, but he surely belongs in the conversation
The Advocate | Feb 26