At least Anthony Davis got some good news this morning.
Because it’s likely his night won’t be nearly as newsworthy or pleasant.
The Pelicans announced before 8:30 a.m. today that Davis earned a spot on the initial USA Basketball pool from which the 2014 World Championship tournament team will be picked. It’s a spot the second-year player certainly has earned.
But when the league announces tonight the starters for this year’s All Star game, which will be played in New Orleans on Feb. 16, it’s likely Davis won’t be on the list.
While that wouldn't be a crime - not when Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge is having a superb season - what would be is if he ultimately is left off the All-Star roster completely.
For everything that has gone wrong with the Pelicans this season – and it’s debatable whether something actually has gone wrong or there’s something more amiss – Davis is everything that has gone right.
In 34 games, he has registered 14 in which has put up at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. He has 19 games with at least 10 and 10.
He leads the team at 20.2 points per game and, when adjusted to pace, he’s 18th in the league at 20.4 points per game.
He’s New Orleans’ best rebounder (10.3 rpg) and, when adjusted to pace, is 12th in the league at 10.4 per game.
Then there are his blocks, which at three per game, is best in the NBA. He’s one of only four players with at least 100 this year.
Even if fans haven’t realized his star potential (All-Star starters are voted on by fans), opposing coaches have taken notice.
“He must have had a big summer and got a big shot of confidence because he has been playing well all year,” Houston coach Kevin McHale said earlier this month.
Golden State coach Mark Jackson, meanwhile, rattled off skills that Davis possesses, skills that 6-foot-10, 220-pound forward usually don’t have.
“Athleticism, scoring the basketball, finisher, shot blocker, runs the floor – (he) has no weaknesses,” Jackson said, before adding, “(an) extremely skilled big man that’s going to be around for a long, long time. He’s going to be a problem for opposition.”
Yet, because Davis is setting the pace for a team that’s locked in a battle for one of the league’s worst records, he’s out of sight, out of mind.
Certainly his competition for a spot is tough; he plays the same position that Portland’s Aldridge and Minnesota’s Kevin Love play, the same position that the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan play.
It’s a deep pool at forward in the NBA’s Western Conference and Davis’ numbers are slightly worse than Aldridge’s and Love’s, but better than Griffin’s and Duncan’s. And you can argue that Davis does more than most the way he not only clogs the lane, but runs the floor on fast breaks like a guard.
One thing is certain. Davis might not get that All-Star nod this year, but it’s coming soon.
And with the way things are going for the Pelicans, any good news is a breath of fresh air.