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