New Orleans Pelicans

Freak of Nature: Anthony Davis Will Be Bigger, Stronger and Better Next Season

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Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistJune 21, 2014

Anthony Davis is not fair. 

The big man began the 2013-14 season at 6'10", 220 pounds and proceeded to thoroughly dominate the league, both before and after his 21st birthday. Yes, despite averaging 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 steals and an NBA-high 2.8 blocks per game, he still gained the ability to enjoy the full extent of Bourbon Street's appeal near the end of the campaign.

Now, he's going to be bigger, stronger and better. 

"I’m up to 238 right now. It’s all muscle, and that’s what I need," the unibrowed New Orleans Pelican told radio broadcaster Sean Kelley during an interview that will air Monday on Pelicans.com, as relayed by NBA.com.

"I want to get stronger, so that when I post up, it’s a lot easier for me," continued Davis. "I think it’s going to translate to the season, just my mentality, knowing that I’m a lot stronger and a lot better. It’s going to make me more aggressive."

But is it only muscle weight that he's adding? Nope. 

After revealing that he might not be "only" 6'10" anymore, Davis was asked about whether he was still growing vertically. 

"I hope not," he explained. "I don’t want to be seven feet. It just (sounds) weird, to be a 7-footer. I’d like to be 6'10", but if I grow, you can’t really do anything about it. You can’t help it."

Mar 22, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts after scoring against the Miami Heat during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Heat 105-95. Mandatory Credit: Derick E
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Talk about a problem that half the NBA would like to be experiencing. This is sort of like Tim Duncan playing center but insisting that he's listed as a power forward throughout his career or Kevin Garnett checking in at 6'11" even though he routinely looks to be about an inch taller than legitimate 7-footers.

Davis, just like KG, could very well hit that 7'0" mark but still be listed a few inches shy. 

Oh, and he's working on his jumper: 

I’m definitely working on the corner three-pointer. (Also) more post moves, a consistent mid-range jump shot, ball-handling. Those are the things I’m working on right now to get better. But at the same time, touching up on the things I’m pretty good at.

Again, Davis is not fair. 

During his second season in the league, he made his first All-Star squad and earned the No. 5 spot in my NBA 200 rankings, trailing only Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. As Dan Favale wrote for Bleacher Report, "We know enough to understand that his ceiling two, three, five years into the future makes him, at worst, the NBA's second-best building block right now."

His lanky wingspan isn't going away. Neither are his incredible knack for defensive play, terrifying traps out on the perimeter, positional versatility, jaw-dropping athleticism, ability to switch onto virtually any offensive player and developing mid-range game. 

And now you're telling me that he's getting bigger, stronger and more skilled? 

Say hello to a legitimate MVP candidate in 2014-15. 

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