Anthony Davis, you need to see the special man

Pelicans need to show the money to rising superstar

Earlier this season the New Orleans Pelicans launched a marketing blitz that paid homage to the classic television commercials for New Orleans furniture store Frankie & Johnny’s. In the spot, which offered tickets to three games for as little as $24, those with the funds were told to “see the special man.” The shot then goes to Anthony Davis, dressed in the character’s suit, tie and cowboy hat with cigar, of course, who bellowed out the signature line, “Let ‘em have it!”

This summer, look for team owner Tom Benson to don the cowboy hat and interrupt his cigar to deliver the iconic phrase. In July, general manager Mickey Loomis will look to keep his most significant Pelican in the nest for the foreseeable future with a contract extension that could be worth as much as $90 million over five years.   

It’s a giant payday, and Davis is worth every penny.

The first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft has won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 Summer Olympics, was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and has twice been an NBA All-Star. He is showing improvement in both the offensive and defensive sides of his game, and has emerged as the leader and face of the franchise.

In just his third professional year is living up to and in many ways surpassing expectations that came with being the league’s top overall pick in the 2012 Draft. He is included as one of the best three players in the league, with the potential to be included among the game’s legends.

This season, Davis showed he can handle the responsibility of carrying his team while improving his game. He averaged almost four points per game more this season than last, 24.4 ppg compared to 20.8, and had career-high averages in points, blocks (2.9), assists (2.2) and steals (1.5). Through his first two playoff games, he’s averaged 30.5 points, 3 blocks, 2 assists and 1.5 steals.

Davis is an exciting player to watch, and has the ability, by himself, to put fans in the stands. Benson paid $340 million when he bought the franchise from the NBA in 2012. It is now valued at $420 million, according to Forbes magazine, $80 million, or 24 percent, more than the purchase price. Much of that increase is due to Davis’ potential. He’s just 21 years old and being listed as an league MVP candidate, yet he’s not expected to begin to enter his prime for four more years. In an era of the out of control athlete, he is showing maturity and professionalism beyond his years. The most controversial thing about the guy is his unibrow. For a team owner and management, that’s golden.

As the lady in the old Frankie & Johnny’s commercial would say, “He’s got it! He’s got it!”

Tom Benson, let him have it!


Anthony Davis’ Career Stats

Season                       Age     G         FG%   FT%   Rebounds       Assists            Steals Blocks            Points

2012-13           19        64        .516     .751     522                  63        75        112      867

2013-14           20        67        .519     .791     673                  105      89        189      1,394

2014-15           21        68        .535     .805     696                  149      100      200      1,656

Career                                    199      .525     .789     1,891               317      264      501      3,917


Per Game Averages

Season                       Rebounds       Assists            Steals Blocks            Points

2012-13           8.2                   1.0       1.2       1.8       13.5

2013-14           10.0                 1.6       1.3       2.8       20.8

2014-15           10.2                 2.2       1.5       2.9       24.4

Career                        9.5                   1.6       1.3       2.5       19.7


Playoff Per Game Averages

Season                       Age     G         FG%   FT%   Rebounds       Assists            Steals Blocks            Points

2014-15           21        2          .489     .944     8.5                   2.0       1.5       3.0       30.5

Career                                    2          .489     .944     8.5                   2.0       1.5       3.0       30.5




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