Anthony Davis’ record-breaking night in the 2017 NBA All-Star game was one to remember. With the All Star single game scoring record being in jeopardy the last four years, many NBA analysts felt the record would be reset this year, and in fact, it was. Two-time All-Star game MVP Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder has come just one point short of the record two different times, so it was just a matter of time before he broke it. However, Russell Westbrook wasn’t the one that broke the record. It was broken by Anthony Davis who notched 52 points in 31 minutes hitting 68% from the field. Davis set this record in his home stadium, the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA.
This output is a clear indication that Davis is a top big man in the league, but his team isn’t so good. On the night of Davis’ 52 point outing, it was announced that another top big man Demarcus Cousins, who happened to be All-Star teammates with Davis, was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans to team up with Davis. The trade included the New Orleans Pelicans getting Demarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi while giving up Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a first-round draft pick and a second round draft pick to the Sacramento Kings. With 27 games left in the NBA season, the Pelicans still have a chance to make a playoff run, but will the chemistry be there?