Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis
27-Year-Old CenterC
Los Angeles Lakers
GTD
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 4/12/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Davis was limited to 56 games during the 2018-19 campaign, largely due to a mid-season public trade request (that was not granted until the offseason). Once the trade deadline passed and Davis was still a member of the Pelicans, he saw his workload reduced substantially. The Brow never played more than 24 minutes after Feb. 9, and he appeared in just 13 of the final 25 games of the season. But it's most important to look at how he performed before things reached a breaking point. Through his first 41 appearances of the season, Davis averaged 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and a combined 4.3 blocks/steals. Had he sustained those numbers across the entire year, Davis would have become just the second player in NBA history to average at least 29 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks -- the other being Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. With the Lakers trading for Davis in the offseason, he instantly becomes the best teammate LeBron James has ever had, and the combination figures to be one of the deadliest in the NBA. While playing next to LeBron could reduce Davis' usage, there's a possibility that it will free up his game in different ways. Increased attention on LeBron could result in increased efficiency for Davis, and considering LeBron is the best passer Davis has ever played with, the big man could be in line for some easy buckets off pick-and-rolls. Ultimately, Davis should continue producing at an MVP-caliber level. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $127.17 million contract extension with the Pelicans in July of 2015. Traded to the Lakers in July of 2019. Contract includes $28.75 million player option for 2020-21.
Personal Bio

Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. was born in Chicago on March 11, 1993, to Erainer Davis and Anthony Davis Sr. He has a twin sister, Antoinette, and an older sister, Iesha, who played basketball at Daley College. Davis played high school basketball for Perspectives Charter School in Chicago. He experienced a rapid growth spurt during his high-school years, growing 10 inches between his freshman and senior seasons. During his senior year, he averaged 32 points, 22 rebounds and seven blocked shots per game. In high school, Davis garnered numerous honors, including selections to the 2011 McDonald's All-American Game and the 10th annual Jordan Brand Classic, where he took home co-MVP honors. He was also a first team USA Today All-USA high school basketball team selection and a first-team Parade All-American. Known for his unibrow, in 2012, Davis trademarked the phrases "Fear The Brow" and "Raise The Brow." He has received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award twice in recognition of his charitable efforts throughout New Orleans. In 2014, Davis launched AD's Flight Academy, which consisted of monthly events with various groups in the Greater-New Orleans area during the season. He won a new Kia as the 2017 NBA All-Star Game MVP and gave the car to a mother of two in conjunction with the Kingsley House, a local charitable organization. Follow Davis on Twitter at @AntDavis23 and on Instagram at @antdavis23.

College/International Summary

Davis' game evolved remarkably during his one season at Kentucky in 2011-12. The forward with seemingly extendable arms appeared to improve in each game. In an early-season highlight, Davis blocked a shot against Jon Henson of North Carolina to save a win for the Wildcats. He blocked at least three shots in his first seven games and had a season-high eight rejections along with 15 points and 15 rebounds in a win over St. John's. Davis had 20 double-doubles and averaged 14.2 points and 10.4 rebounds along with 4.7 blocks to lead the nation. In the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats were able to avenge one of their two losses as Davis had nine points, 12 rebounds and three blocks against Indiana. He was held to six points on 1-of-10 shooting from the field in the National Championship game against Kansas in New Orleans but contributed 16 rebounds, six blocks, five assists and three steals. Davis was named the AP Player of the Year among his many awards. The forward declared for the 2012 NBA Draft after one season under coach John Calipari.

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Elbow
March 11, 2020
Davis (elbow) is probable for Thursday's contest against the Rockets, Mark Medina of USA Today reports.
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Davis continues to deal with elbow soreness, but he should be able to play Thursday. Across the past four games, he's averaging 30.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in 34.8 minutes.
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Davis was the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft after a highly productive freshman season at Kentucky. In his first game with the Hornets, Davis went for 21 points, seven rebounds, one block and a steal in a home loss to the Spurs. He finished the season averaging 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while shooting 51.6 percent from the floor. Davis scored his most points (28) Nov. 17 in a loss to the Bucks and pulled down his most rebounds (18) March 9 in a loss to the Grizzlies. The big man was named to the All-Rookie First Team but finished second in Rookie of the Year voting to No. 6 draft pick Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers. Davis displayed quality play on both ends of the court, though the Hornets finished the season 27-55 and missed the playoffs. Even in a losing season, Davis seemed to bring a new energy to the Hornets and displayed the elite potential that led him to be selected first overall.

2013

Davis took a major step forward in his second season, posting statistical increases across the board. He averaged a double-double behind 20.8 points and 10.0 rebounds, adding 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals. Davis continued to play well on defense, leading the NBA in blocks per game (2.8) in his sophomore campaign. He became the youngest player in New Orleans/Charlotte franchise history to record at least 25 points and 15 rebounds in the same game with a huge 26-point, 17-rebound effort in a loss to the Orlando Magic on Nov. 1. After failing to score 30 points in any game as a rookie, Davis recorded nine such games in 2013-14. The 20-year-old big man earned his first All-Star selection thanks to his dominance. Meanwhile, the recently renamed Pelicans went 34-48 -- a seven-game win increase from the previous season. Davis' improved production earned him recognition across the league as he finished third in voting for Most Improved Player. Davis set a new career high in points scored with 36 on March 14 against Portland, only to break that mark two days later with a 40-point game against the Celtics. Overall, he posted 36 double-doubles during the season, tied for 13th-most in the NBA.

2014

Davis was selected as an All-Star for the second straight season and bolstered his statistics once again during the 2014-15 campaign. In his third season, the Kentucky product posted per-game averages of 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals. He also registered the best field-goal percentage (53.5 percent) and free-throw percentage (80.5 percent) of his career. Meanwhile, Davis led the NBA in blocks for the second straight season with 2.9 swats per contest. Davis recorded 42 double-doubles, scored at least 30 points 17 times, had at least five blocks 12 times and recorded at least three steals 13 times. He twice swatted nine shots in a single game, including a performance against Denver on March 15 in which he complemented the blocked shots with 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. The 2012 first-overall draft pick earned All-NBA First Team honors and was selected to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Thanks largely to Davis' efforts, the Pelicans finished with a winning record at 45-37 and made the playoffs. The team was swept in the first round by the eventual champion Golden State Warriors, but the series was competitive. Despite the exit, Davis dominated with 31.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per contest, showing his tremendous abilities in the postseason for the first time.

2015

Davis had another productive effort in his fourth season, though his campaign was hampered by injuries. The big man averaged 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.0 blocks while earning a third straight All-Star bid. However, Davis played a career-low 61 games thanks to knee and shoulder issues, and he missed the final 14 games of the season. His injuries also caused the big man to miss the 2016 Summer Olympics with the USA Men's Team. Due in large part to Davis' injuries, the Pelicans didn't reach the playoffs and won only 30 games after making the playoffs the season prior. Even in a down year, Davis managed to achieve some impressive feats. He scored a career-high 59 points in a win over the Pistons on Feb. 21, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to score at least 59 points in a single game. Davis also recorded a career-high 20 rebounds in that same game. In doing so, he joined Shaquille O'Neal and Chris Webber as the only players since 1975 to record a 50-point, 20-rebound game. He produced 36 double-doubles and went for at least 30 points 14 times.

2016

Davis came back for his fifth season healthy, and he put together his finest showing to date on the offensive end of the floor. He averaged a career-high 28.0 points per game, accompanied by a career-high 11.8 rebounds. He also swatted 2.2 shots per game, the fourth season in a row in which he averaged at least two blocks per game. Altogether, the University of Kentucky product notched 49 double-doubles on the season, eighth-most in the league. Davis added plenty of hardware to his collection with a second All-NBA First Team selection and a second NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection. He also won his first All-Star Game MVP award. In the 2017 All-Star Game, Davis set the record for most points scored with 52 and added 10 rebounds in a winning effort by the Western Conference. Despite a big year from Davis, the Pelicans went 34-48, marking the fourth losing season since Davis was drafted. The team missed the playoffs for the second straight year and finished 10th in the Western Conference standings. Encouragingly, Davis appeared in 75 games -- 14 more than the previous season.

2017

After a huge fifth season, Davis provided an even bigger encore in Year 6. He put together arguably his best season thanks to career highs in points (28.1), assists (2.3), steals (1.5), three-pointers made (0.7) and three-point shooting percentage (34.0). He also led the NBA in blocks for the third time in his career thanks to 2.6 swats per game. AD added another dimension to his play with the development of a three-point shot and captured his third All-NBA First Team selection and his first NBA All-Defensive First Team nod. He set a career-high in blocks with 10 against the Jazz on March 11 en route to a triple-double. Led by Davis, the Pelicans finished the year as the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference with a 48-34 record. The team completed a sweep of the favored No. 3 seed Trailblazers and advanced to the next round, where the Warriors dispatched them for the second time in Davis' career. During his second playoff run, he averaged 30.1 points along with a league-high 13.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. The highlight of his season came in a victory over the Suns on Feb. 26 in which Davis went for 53 points, 18 rebounds, five blocks, three assists and a steal. With that effort, he joined Bob McAdoo as the only players since blocks were tracked in 1973-74 to record 50 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks in a single game.

2018

Anthony Davis had another outstanding statistical season, though he played a career-low 56 games as he dealt with a back injury late in the campaign. His workload was also reduced around that time, and he saw 33 minutes per game on the year. He averaged 25.9 points and set new career highs in rebounds (12.0), assists (3.9), steals (1.6) and three-pointers (0.9) per game despite the reduction in minutes. He pulled down a career-best 26 rebounds Jan. 2 against the Nets. He earned a sixth consecutive All-Star selection and averaged at least two blocks (2.4) for the sixth straight season. Davis also finished third in the league in Player Efficiency Rating (30.3). He finished fourth in plus/minus (8.5) as well. One of his best games of the season occurred Jan. 9 during a win over the Cavaliers. Davis produced 38 points on 11-of-17 shooting, 13 rebounds (six offensive), seven assists, four blocks, two steals and just one turnover. That marked one of Davis' 37 double-doubles in 2018-19. The big man racked up seven 40-point games, three performances with 20-plus rebounds and 19 efforts with more than four assists. Defensively, Davis had 12 games with three-plus steals and six games with at least five blocks.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2012
    Drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft. He later signed a rookie contract.
  • July 9, 2015
    Signed a five-year contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • July 6, 2019
    As part of a three-team trade, traded by the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Los Angeles Lakers traded Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, De'Andre Hunter, Brandon Ingram, cash, a 2021 1st-round draft pick, a 2023 1st-round draft pick and a 2024 1st-round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Los Angeles Lakers traded Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones, Moritz Wagner and a 2022 2nd-round draft pick to the Washington Wizards; and the Washington Wizards traded cash to the New Orleans Pelicans.
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Davis had one of the more memorable Fantasy seasons in recent memory, finishing as the number one overall player in many formats. Coming into the season, he was certainly in the discussion as the No. 1 draft pick, but his injury history led to some justifiable trepidation. Despite heading to the locker room on a number of occasions, Davis managed to play in 75 games, which was more than enough to buoy his status as a top-five Fantasy commodity in nearly any format. His numbers were phenomenal, with averages of 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.6 blocks per game, to go with 53.4 percent shooting from the field and 82.8 percent from the charity stripe. His efforts on the offensive end were obvious, but his defensive abilities were other-worldly. Davis demonstrated the ability to lock down an entire section of the court single-handedly, especially during the four-game sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Davis finished the season as the runner-up for the Defensive Player of the Year award, and he placed third in MVP voting behind James Harden and LeBron James. Looking ahead to this season, owners should expect another dominant campaign, provided Davis can again stay even relatively healthy. He'll no longer have DeMarcus Cousins by his side, but the Pelicans added a promising young big man in Julius Randle in free agency. Randle could take a couple of rebounds away from Davis here and there, but, like Cousins, he offers little on the defensive end of the floor. On the whole, Davis' scoring and rebounding could take a slight hit, but there's no reason to believe he shouldn't be able to maintain his elite defensive numbers and magnificent efficiency. The injury concerns will always be there, but after two consecutive seasons of 75 games, Davis is once again firmly in the discussion as the No. 1 overall Fantasy commodity.
Davis' career has been marred by injuries, missing at least 14 games in every year prior to the 2016-17 campaign. However, he finally put together nearly a full season without missing extended time, playing in a career-high 75 games, which rewarded owners that opted to select the risky big man early on in Fantasy drafts. The added health allowed him to put together his best year as a professional, averaging 28.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.2 blocks across 36.1 minutes. The points and rebounds marked career highs, while his assists, steals and blocks remained relatively similar to what he's averaged over his five-year career. Davis also continued his attempt to extend his range and drained a career-high 40 three-pointers, although he shot just 29.9 percent and is clearly still a work in progress in that department. One of the biggest threats to Davis' value came at the trade deadline in February, with the Pelicans trading for superstar big man DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins' presence ultimately was a non-factor for Davis' production, though, and the two were able to share the ball without sacrificing much value as they played alongside each other at power forward and center. Davis was able to secure his fourth straight All-Star bid -- including the infamous All-Star Game MVP -- while also grabbing All-NBA First Team honors for the second time in his career and earning NBA All-Defensive Second Team once again. Looking forward to the upcoming season, the Davis-Cousins combo should be back in full force. The Pelicans return Jrue Holiday on a max deal and signed Rajon Rondo in free agency, two willing passers who excel at getting their teammates involved. That's an added bonus for Davis, who's only 23 years old and should still be on the rise in his attempt to lead the Pelicans back to the playoffs. Injury risk will continue to be the biggest factor in determining where Davis falls in drafts, but his relatively healthy 2016-17 season should give owners an idea of what to expect if he's able to avoid injury. Cousins is already a solid deep ball shooter and it wouldn't be surprising if Davis tried to work that into his game further, which would allow the two to space the floor a little bit better and give each other some room to work in the post. That would add only another dimension to Davis' already incredible all-around portfolio, which is why he's always a candidate to be selected as a top-5 pick in Fantasy drafts. The injury risk will continue to linger, but look for Davis to remain the premier power forward in the NBA, even if he loses a few touches to Cousins.
Davis’ averages this past season of 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals were remarkably similar to what he had posted the previous year, but it somehow registered as a disappointment for most fantasy owners. The 23-year-old was touted as a No. 1 overall pick in some leagues, with his most ardent supporters forecasting overall improvement in his fourth NBA season and projecting him to see more time after missing 14 games in 2014-15. However, with the injury-battered Pelicans frequently playing without three of their key backcourt pieces in Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon at various points in the season, Davis took on more responsibilities closer to the perimeter, which had a negative effect on his stat lines. His turnover rate spiked to a career-high 2.0 per game and his three-point attempts picked up considerably, with Davis hoisting 108 treys (and hitting them at a 32.4% clip) after attempting 27 combined in his first three seasons in the NBA. The dalliance with the outside shot resulted in Davis’ field-goal percentage dropping below 50 percent for the first time in his career. The downturn in efficiency was the least of Davis’ problems, however, as the big man was still providing ample value across the board to fantasy owners. Instead, it was health issues that were again the primary culprit for Davis, who suited up for a career-low 61 games. In addition, Davis left seven games early due to injury, often making him a difficult player to trust in weekly and DFS formats. Davis would get shut down for good in March after it was revealed that he was dealing with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, an injury that he’d been battling since his rookie year, along a sore left knee that would require surgery. The two ailments forced Davis to skip the 2016 Summer Olympics and turn his attention toward getting ready for the 2016-17 season. By all indications, he’s progressed well in his recovery and will enter training camp at full health. From a talent standpoint, Davis stacks up well with any player in the league -- for evidence of that, look no further than his 59-point, 20-rebound effort against the Pistons on Feb. 21 -- and his rare ability to contribute in the defensive categories while ranking among the league leaders in scoring makes him a premium fantasy asset. However, with at least 14 games missed in each of his four seasons, it’s not necessarily unfair to downgrade him in comparison to other first-round fantasy no-brainers like Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, who possess much more reliable track records in the health department. If you decide to invest in Davis, it’s best to buoy your roster with solid reinforcements in the frontcourt in order to help mitigate some of the risk he carries.
Davis continued his rapid rise to becoming one of the best players in the NBA with another standout season in 2014-15. New Orleans' franchise player set career highs in every meaningful category, averaging 36 minutes per game over 68 contests. Playing most of the season as a 21-year-old, Davis averaged 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.9 blocks per game. To put those in perspective, Davis led the league on a per-game basis in blocked shots, finished fourth in points, the top-10 in rebounding and field goal percentage (54%), and behind just Paul Millsap in steals per game among power forwards. Entering his fourth season in the league, Davis is still actually younger than 2015 first-round picks Jerian Grant, Delon Wright, and Larry Nance, Jr., while just a few months older than lottery picks Frank Kaminsky and Willie Cauley-Stein. New head coach Alvin Gentry was hired by the Pelicans to ratchet up the offense, which should only mean good things for a dynamic force like Davis. Expect the Kentucky product to remain the focal point of the offensive attack in New Orleans while continuing to terrorize opponents on defense. The only thing that can stop Davis is himself, as he has never played more than 68 games in a season.
Davis comes into his third NBA season with sky-high expectations. He made his first All-Star game last season, averaging 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 steals, and a league-leading 2.8 blocks in 35 minutes per game. Davis managed to do all that damage while shooting an efficient 52 percent from the floor and 79 percent from the free-throw line. The 21-year-old hasn't reached his peak yet, and seemingly the only thing that can stop him in 2014-15 is his health. Davis missed 15 games last season with back, ankle, finger, and hand issues and only played in 64 games his rookie season with various ailments. He put on muscle this summer to try to avoid injuries, but it remains to be seen how his body will respond after spending the summer with USA Basketball in Spain for the World Cup. Assuming he's healthy, Davis should only continue to improve this year. On a per-36 minute basis, he improved in every counting stat last season, with the exception of steals, where he dropped from 1.5 steals per 36 his rookie year to 1.4 steals as a sophomore. The health of Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, and others may detract from Davis' lofty scoring totals, but he should remain the focal point of the Pelicans offense while continuing to anchor the defense by blocking shots and snapping up rebounds.
Davis had an injury-riddled rookie campaign, managing to play just 64 games. Despite this, he displayed magnificent potential on both ends of the court, scoring in a wide variety of ways and defensively matching up against some of the top forwards in the league. Davis finished the 2012-13 season with averages of 13.5 points (52 percent from the field, 75 percent from the line), 8.2 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.2 steals and 1.8 blocks in 29 minutes per game. Heading into his sophomore year, Davis's potential is sky-high, as his athleticism and knack for the ball on both ends of the court could elevate his game to the elite level as early as this coming season. He was able to put up stellar numbers last season despite playing just 29 minutes per game. With Davis being the clear cornerstone of the Pelicans, and with a new point guard partner Jrue Holiday taking the ball at the helm, one can only imagine how effective Davis can become in his sophomore campaign if given 30-plus minutes per game. He is more than likely to be a valuable fantasy asset in all formats as long as he can remain healthy.
Davis was the prize of the 2012 draft and comes to New Orleans brimming with confidence after winning the NCAA title and then returning home from the London Olympics with a gold medal. At 220 lbs., the 19-year-old Davis will need to bulk up to withstand the crowded areas near the hoop, even though he’s already considered a good defender. His post up game--heck, his overall offensive game--needs improvement, but he should be able to contribute right away as a rebounder and shot-blocker in the NBA. Improvement will come, but he won’t be finely tuned in just one offseason. Davis showed he can finish pretty effectively at the University of Kentucky, which will help in the pick-and-roll crazy world of the NBA. He joins Ryan Anderson, Robin Lopez, Hakim Warrick and Jason Smith all looking for minutes. Davis and Anderson should get the bulk of the minutes at power forward. If the Hornets want to push the ball, Davis is athletic enough to do that. As a finisher, he’ll thrive in an offense that pushes the ball, while disguising the things he doesn’t do well. Kentucky coach John Calipari spoke a lot about Davis sacrificing the finer parts of his offensive skill set to help fit into the mold of Kentucky’s team plan last season, and there’s been some talk that Davis’ early years in high school as a point guard could mean he has the handles and perimeter game to contribute in several aspects of the game that he wasn’t asked to play a part in with Kentucky. If those assertions prove true, Davis could have a higher ceiling in the NBA than what he showed at Kentucky.
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Ready to go Tuesday
CLos Angeles Lakers
March 10, 2020
Davis (elbow) is starting Tuesday's game against the Nets.
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Probable again Tuesday
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March 9, 2020
Davis is probable for Tuesday's game against Brooklyn due to a sore left elbow, Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen & Roll reports.
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Pours in team-high 30 in win
CLos Angeles Lakers
March 8, 2020
Davis (elbow) scored a team-high 30 points (11-19 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT) while adding eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 34 minutes during Sunday's 112-103 win over the Clippers.
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Ready to go Sunday
CLos Angeles Lakers
March 8, 2020
Davis (elbow) is available and will start at power forward in Sunday's game against the Clippers, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
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Probable Sunday vs. Clippers
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March 7, 2020
Davis is probable for Sunday's game against the Clippers due to a sore left elbow.
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