Anthony Davis, who led the New Orleans Pelicans to the playoffs with his play on both ends of the court, was selected first-team All-NBA on Thursday.
It is the first such honor for Davis, the first player selected in the 2012 draft and who was a Western Conference All-Star starter this season for the first time.
Davis led the NBA in blocked shots (2.94 per game) for the second consecutive season. He finished fourth in the league in scoring at 24.4 points per game, was seventh in field goal percentage (53.5) and averaged 10.2 rebounds per game (eighth) as the Pelicans reached the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2011 with a 45-37 record.
“I just play to win games,” Davis said after the season ended, when asked about awards coming up. “I think I showed that I improved as a player, but the most important thing is that we also got better as a team.”
Davis led the league all season in Player Efficiency Rating and finished with the 11th-highest in league history at 30.8. He also led the NBA in Player Impact estimate, which measures a players' overall statistical contribution against the total stats in the games he plays.