Originally written on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 10/21/13
No one is going to mistake the city of New Orleans or southeast Louisiana for basketball country. Football has been and likely always will be king there; blood runs purple and gold for LSU on Saturdays, and black and gold for the Saints on Sundays. But one young man in particular brings with him an infectious excitement factor which could somewhat alter hardwood priorities within the Big Easy. Second-year PF Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans has people surrounding the franchise extremely optimistic regarding the team’s outlook for next season and beyond. And with good reason, too. The lengthy 6’11″ player from Kentucky possesses the ability to dramatically alter games on both ends of the floor, as his presence has to be accounted for both offensively and defensively by opposing teams. On defense, Davis possesses the ability to immensely affect shots; his wingspan and athleticism allow him to block shots many would be unable to reach. Offensively he can pressure opponents in a variety of ways with his versatility to score both inside and outside. Anthony Davis provides New Orleans with a versatile big man capable of defeating opponents with the vast array of skills present in his arsenal. His ballhandling ability is truly unique for a frontcourt player of his enormous stature, and that can ultimately be traced back to his days in high school as a 6’1″ star point guard. Additionally the offensive prowess he now possesses can be attributed to his days as a high school guard; he possesses a smooth jumper, the ability to knock down mid-range looks at the basket. Most noticeable to fans and observers is just how lethal Davis is in the near vicinity of the basket. He can finish with ease at the rim on put-back dunks, utilizing his length and wingspan to full effectiveness. With Davis in the fold for the Pelicans, New Orleans unmistakably is eyeing a playoff berth this season for the first time in over four years. The franchise literally and figuratively hit the jackpot by landing the first pick last year and the rights to select Davis out of Kentucky. The timing of the franchise’s winning the first pick seemed highly coincidental, as it came soon on the heels of former star point guard Chris Paul’s well-documented departure west to the Los Angeles Clippers. No views yet
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Adrian Peterson accused of fathering another child out of wedlock

Robert Griffin III liked fan’s Instagram post trashing Redskins

Report: Tom Brady may have been ‘open’ to one-game suspension

Fenway Park staff reportedly confiscating Don Orsillo signs

Clippers’ owner Steve Ballmer betting on himself

Titans' Marcus Mariota: ‘Statistics don’t matter to me’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Raiders cut Trent Richardson

FSU names Everett Golson starting QB for 2015

UCLA's Adams arrested for suspicion of felony robbery

AJ Green heading for contract stalemate with Bengals?

Report: NFL offered to cut Brady suspension to 3 games

Report: Tristan Thompson won’t take below max from Cavs

Most surprising developments from 2015 NFL preseason

Herschel Walker supports Trump’s candidacy for president

WATCH: Kevin Kiermaier robs Manny Machado home run shot

Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

Caroline Wozniacki smoking on cover of ‘Rhapsody’ magazine

Could Robert Griffin III be the NFL’s next Steve Young?

Spurrier: SEC fans right to be upset with Ohio State's schedule

Report: 'Deranged' fan shot outside WWE building

Report: Brady convinced Harbaugh to return to Michigan

Ronda Rousey gets Venice mural from artist Jonas Never

Redskins TE wants to know who's leaking stories to ESPN

WWE superstar's girlfriend fired over Nazi Instagram posts

Madison Bumgarner has once again put Giants on his back

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

Raiders cut Trent Richardson

Caroline Wozniacki smoking cover of ‘Rhapsody’

Everett Golson named FSU's starting QB

Urban Meyer won't announce QB before season

Teammates relieved RG3 was benched?

Five NFL teams that should trade for Robert Griffin III

10 takeaways from Week 3 of the NFL preseason

Cubs' Jake Arrieta no-hits the Dodgers

Chicago Bears release Tim Jennings

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker