Beyond LeBron James and Kevin Durant there’s little consensus as to who qualifies as the NBA’s dominant superstar. We’ll save you the pain of canvassing the league for compelling NBA betting options and tell you to take a good look at Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.
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If he hadn’t won you over with his rookie and sophomore campaigns in the NBA, perhaps his standout performance for Team USA over the course of the summer did the trick. Suddenly Davis, a 6’10” string bean out of Kentucky, is one of the game’s most valuable assets.
Despite the Pelicans’s flimsy 100/1 odds to win the NBA championship, Davis is a genuine MVP candidate (25/1 to win the award).
In 2013-2014 the Pelicans posted a regular season record of 34-48 but were 37-39-6 against the spread. Had crucial players like Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson not been injured, the club could have clawed their way into the postseason.
This year, with Davis in full 20-and-10 form and complemented by a supporting cast, the Pelicans could make noise. If New Orleans flies back into the postseason, you can rest assured that their dominant man will be front and center of the MVP discussion.