A couple months ago I called Anthony Davis an Angry Bird. He is not an Angry Bird. Although he plays for a team called the Pelicans, he is the most ferocious of all volant animals. We have never seen an animal combining such grace and killer instinct that has evolved aerial locomotion. It once existed, we just weren't around to take it in. I'm not talking about a dragon, I've never heard of a dragon fossil. I'm talking about a winged creature that once lived on earth. One that can be proven by skeletal remains. And one that we never thought we would see again. Anthony Davis is a pterodactyl.
Actually pterodactyls were very small. Anthony Davis is the farthest thing from small, but he is a predator and I want to compare him to the most fearsome of all lords of the sky. Suffice it to say his wings combined with his height and skill set put him in a category of his own. He makes all other birds of prey, or any flying objects for that matter, look like Mr. Burns' flying monkeys:
Or like Mr. Burns flying a plane:
At 6-10 and sporting a 7-5.5 wingspan, Anthony Davis is a menace. His arm length to height ratio is greater than anyone in the NBA other than Rajon Rondo at 6-1 with a 6-9 wingspan and Kawhi Leonard's unbelievable 6-6 height combined with a 7-3 arm length. What separates him from them is that he is almost a 7 footer. You think I'm forgetting Giannis Antetokounmpo but even the Freak pales in comparison, listed at 6-11 with a wingspan of 7-3. If you take Anthony Davis' ideal NBA body and add Anthony Davis skills, you get the biggest all around threat in the NBA.
The Brow went on an historical run after Boogie Cousins was shut down for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon and got his name into the MVP discussion. He managed to drag his Pelicans into the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
Back in 2015, New Orleans was unfortunate enough to run into the buzz saw that was the first incarnation of the now perennial NBA Finals participant Golden State Warriors. It was the Brow's first foray into the playoffs. He strolled on to the big stage under the bright lights and averaged 31.5 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks per game on 54% shooting, while getting swept.
Well, he's back in the playoffs. And he's back in beast mode. And this time he's the one with the broom in his hand. Davis averaged 33 points, 11.8 rebounds, an assist, 1.8 steals and 3.7 blocks, shooting an efficient 58% and sweeping the #4 seed Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs.
The Pterodactyl has played 8 games in his playoff career. He is averaging 32.3 points, 11.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.4 blocks with a field goal percentage of 56. Those numbers speak for themselves.
You got anything to add Tony Montana?
Nope. Fly Pterodactyl.
But there are no fly songs about pterodactyls. So go ahead fellas...