Davis' scoring improvement tops all but Bob Lanier

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Pelicans head coach Monty Williams has been making the case for his star sophomore Anthony Davis to be in the number of soon-to-be-named All Star reserves because of how Davis plays on both sides of the ball.

The Kentucky product is No. 1 in the league in blocked shots, averaging 3.0 per game. Davis is also a top rebounder, and his growth in scoring has now reached a historic level, trumping even Shaq and LeBron James.

Davis has made a bigger jump in his scoring average from his rookie to his second season than all but one of the NBA's other overall No. 1 picks in the past 40 years.

Only Bob Lanier made a more significant jump in scoring in the early 70s.

Draft Player                      Rookie      2nd Yr              Incr

1970 Bob Lanier              15.6           25.7               +10.1

2012 Anthony Davis         13.5           20.2              +6.7

2003 LeBron James            20.9          27.2             +6.3

1992  Shaquille O'Neal       23.4         29.3             +5.9

1981  Mark Aguirre              18.7      24.4              +5.7

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