Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23) fouls Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) as the New Orleans Pelicans play the Seattle Kings in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. ORG XMIT: LABAT

Eliot Kamenitz

Anthony Davis is a star.

If the gaudy stat lines, highlight plays and remarkable efficiency weren’t enough on their own, NBA media confirmed it Thursday afternoon, electing Davis the first-team All-NBA center.

This is the second time Davis has earned distinction amongst the league’s best players at his position, adding this to his 2015 selection. He is joined by many of the league’s most recognizable names, slotted next to guards Russell Westbrook and James Harden along with forwards LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard.

NBA media vote on three different All-NBA teams at the conclusion of the regular season, and the final tally was revealed Thursday. Most of the league’s individual awards won’t be handed out until its inaugural postseason awards show.

Meanwhile, Davis’ All-Star teammate, Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins, was left off of the three All-NBA teams despite averaging 27 points and 11 rebounds in 72 games. Despite being a starter in the All-Star Game, Cousins was passed over for centers Rudy Gobert and DeAndre Jordan.

Davis’ selection is part of his hopeful build toward a Hall of Fame résumé, which now consists of four All-Star appearances (including the 2017 All-Star MVP award), and an All-Defensive team selection in addition to his pair of first team All-NBA honors.

It was a finishing flourish to accentuate Davis’ best statistical season, averaging a career-best 28 points and 11.8 rebounds while playing in 75 games, seven more than his previous best.

Late-season knee surgery in 2016 limited Davis to just 61 games, eliminating his a chance at an All-NBA selection and costing him $24 million in missing qualifications for the “Rose Rule.”

Now a year later, Davis is back among the league’s elite.

However, for a second consecutive season, Davis was completely absent from the MVP conversation, thanks mostly to the Pelicans’ second straight losing season.

“I truly do believe if we were having more success that AD would be included in the MVP conversation,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said in March. “He’s having an incredible year and doing everything you could ever ask your best player to do for you to be a playoff team. But we just got off to such a slow start and could never really get everything going for a long enough stretch to dig ourselves out of that hole, and I think he gets criticized for that.

“I, personally, don’t think it’s fair because he’s really been incredible. I’m not sure what else he could’ve done for us, to be honest.”



Position Player, team (first-team votes) Points

Center Anthony Davis, New Orleans (45) 343

Forward LeBron James, Cleveland (99) 498

Forward Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio (96) 490

Guard James Harden, Houston (100) 500

Guard Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (99) 498


Position Player, team (first-team votes) Points

Center Rudy Gobert, Utah (43) 339

Forward Kevin Durant, Golden State (3) 239

Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee 258

Guard Stephen Curry, Golden State (1) 290

Guard Isaiah Thomas, Boston 236


Position Player, team (first-team votes) Points

Center DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers (3) 54

Forward Draymond Green, Golden State (4) 134

Forward Jimmy Butler, Chicago 102

Guard DeMar DeRozan, Toronto 62

Guard John Wall, Washington 125