NEW ORLEANS, LA - The NBA All Star voting
ends Monday night at 11:59 p.m., and Pelicans head coach Monty Williams says his
second-year star forward Anthony Davis deserves to be in that number, even
though it will be in a reserve role, based on current balloting.
Davis is now seventh
in the race for the Western Conference Front Court, with 223,956 votes.
"I don't know how he can be
left off with the numbers he's putting up and the situation he's been in,"
Williams said Monday before the Pelicans tipped off with the Grizzlies in
Memphis. "For a second-year player, he's been phenomenal. He won't be a
starter, but he deserves to be a backup."
Here's how the list looks
Kevin Durant (OKC)
Dwight Howard (HOU)
Blake Griffin (LAC)
Pau Gasol (LAL)
Williams doesn't believe
the Pelicans record or the team's current slump should hurt Davis. "This is an
All Star game," Williams said. "It's about individual accomplishments, and the
way AD is playing is All Star caliber play. It shouldn't be based on a winning
Williams spoke with a
strong tone in his support of Davis, however will not be contacting his fellow
coaches to campaign for him.
don't believe in calling coaches," Williams said. "If I were to call Pop, I
think he'd say, ‘Mont, there are a lot of other things we should be talking
about right now.' And for the coaches who call me, they should know I'm not
The starters will be
announced this Thursday, based on the fan voting. All Star reserves will then
be chosen by NBA coaches and announced on Jan. 30.
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