Fifty point games are a pretty rare occurrence in the NBA. It takes a special kind of player having an amazing night for it to truly happen. Anthony Davis was able to pull it off in the 2016-17 season. In fact AD had an pretty underrated season, but due to the teams record many people will sort of throw it to the waste side. This video provided by the NBA will show off just a little of what the brow was able to do. I decided to compare AD season to who many consider to be the best power forward even (Kevin Garnett) in his MVP season. The infographic shows just a comparison of season stats between the two phenomenal players. Hopefully after reading it people will give AD some props for what he was able to do this year. Lets compare stats shall we?
Points per game goes to “the brow” who put up 26.0 compared to “the big ticket” who scored 24.2. I believe AD scoring could’ve been higher but with nagging injuries and the arrival of Cousins his scoring dipped a little average wise. Both players put up scoring number any team would be happy to have.
Both players are power forwards who had to potential to play the 5 in small ball lineups. KG didn’t play that much at center compared to AD and other power forwards of todays league. With that said, in KG MVP season he snagged 13.9 boards while AD pulled in 11.8 during the 2016-17 season. Being able to grab 14 boards with another big man alongside of you is crazy to think about. What’s even crazier is that during the MVP season, the big man positions (power forward, center) were in a better place than today. In the modern day NBA you have small forwards playing the 4 and power forwards playing the 5. If you were to do that in the NBA’s past, those small forwards would get eaten alive. Too many back to the basket traditional big man.
No doubt that both players were he anchor of the teams defense. In fact they put up very similar numbers on that end. AD managed 2.2 blocks and 1.3 steals for the pels. KG forced 1.5 steals and 2.2 blocks. This production by both players is very incredible and heres why. Take a look at todays basketball, the big man position isn’t as good as it used to be. Its almost as if with the big man position you are either offensively or defensively challenged. Of course there’s a few exceptions ie: Towns, Turner, AD, Boogie to an extent. Nevertheless the fact that both KG and AD are able to disrupt a team offense as well as put up monster number on the other end is an eye brow raiser.
So with all of this said, do you guys think that AD’s season is being underappreciated due to the record? How would you feel had AD carried the team to the 8th seed? Let me know in the comments below! Why not drop a like while you’re there? Feel free to contact me on social media to talk some pels or just basketball in general @nolajus Instagram/twitter.