Every time the New Orleans Pelicans lose a game this season, the pressure surrounding Anthony Davis continues to rise. It’s still unknown whether the star big man will continue his career next season with the Pelicans or if he decides to move on to play in a more successful team.
If there’s a team that could really use his talents that Davis would enjoy playing for, it most certainly could be the Boston Celtics.
Celtics star point guard, Kyrie Irving, already has a fairly healthy relationship with Davis and he recognizes just how dominant of a player he is on the court no matter who he’s playing against.
“He treats the rest of us as if we’re playing on a little rim at this point,” Kyrie Irving recently said all in good humor.
Not only does Anthony Davis stand at 6 foot 10, but he also has a very talented athletic body that can allow him to move as well as anyone. Irving especially noticed how valuable of a player he is when the two teams faced off a fortnight ago. Al Horford held his own on Davis and put up a strong performance and yet the Pelicans big man still had 27 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks.
It’s incredible to think that these stat lines have become a norm and its just business as usual for Davis.
As for the Celtics, they’ve entered the 2018-19 season with one goal, returning to the NBA Finals and competing for their 18th banner. Unfortunately, the side has looked a bit out of touch in several parts of the season and they still look a long way off teams such as the Raptors and Bucks. The Celtics are still missing something, and it very well may be an extra star player to really contend against the best of the best.
Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are both extremely talented players but when you look back at recent championship teams, they all have one of the top five or top ten players in the league who are there to lead the side, such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
It’s no doubt that Anthony Davis is one of the league’s greatest current day players that would easily fit in within the Top 10 and most likely within the Top 5. At just the age of 25, Davis would be a perfect fit for the Boston Celtics who need a strong big man to contest on the boards and who can also help set up other teammates.
Celtics GM Danny Ainge has set the franchise up extremely well for the future ever since he traded Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce right before they started to become washed up. The stability and possibility of future success for the Celtics should be something that entices Davis if he chooses to move after this season.
According to ESPN, Boston Celtics are in great position to land Anthony Davis.
Those moves have put Boston in better position than any other team to make a move for Davis, assuming he becomes available — though because of an obscure contract quirk, the Celtics couldn’t trade for Davis this season while also holding onto Irving. The Celtics could have four first-round picks in next year’s draft. They have Brown to feature as the centerpiece of a trade — not to mention Tatum, though the Celtics would be loath to include him in any deal. They have Marcus Smart, whose four-year, $52 million deal signed this summer was instantly seen as a valuable trade chip moving forward. They could potentially add Terry Rozier to such a deal in a sign-and-trade, though the mechanics of such a move would be far more complicated.
Those are all key contributors to a team that entered the season, at a minimum, as a co-favorite to make it out of the East and to the NBA Finals for the first time in almost a decade. But despite all that, the Celtics seem one piece short of claiming their 18th championship banner.
Al Horford has done a sensational job so far at the Celtics and if he was willing to take a small pay cut, he could still stay at the club even with Davis potentially joining the side. With both big men on the court, Horford would be allowed to spend more time in the number 4 position which he feels more comfortable in while Davis can take the opposition Centre. It’s a win-win scenario and a dream starting line up for the Celtics, it also makes it a nightmare for opposition teams to drive in and score against such a strong defense.
Even if Horford decided not to extend his contract with the Celtics, Davis would take more of Horford’s current role as the main playmaker and look to set up Kyrie as much as he can. Ideally, the Celtics would be able to have both players on the court together wearing the famous green jersey but if it’s not possible, Davis is clearly the ideal option of the two.
From Anthony Davis’ point of view, he would be moving from a competitive side in the Western Conference to a potential championship team in the Eastern Conference that has a much bigger chance of making the Finals because there’s much less competitive sides when you compare it to the West.
The Celtics along with most other franchises are looking on in interest every time the Pelicans lose a game they shouldn’t. The more frustrated that Davis is in New Orleans, the more likely it is that the five-time NBA All-Star chooses to move to a team that’s closer to a championship.
But, Boston Celtics are not the only team who want Anthony Davis. Los Angeles Lakers are one of the biggest favorites to land him, because of LeBron James.
For the meantime, Anthony Davis remains a loyal Pelican, but when you’re one of the superstars of the game, there’s only so long that you can play on a team that may never be advancing.