NBA First Half Awards
With the season just over halfway done, let's look at the major awards. Feel free to disagree but it's James Hardens world right now and we're just living in it.
At 25 years old, Anthony Davis is one of the best players in the NBA. He is currently playing for the New Orleans Pelicans and it is quite possible Davis wants out of New Orleans. After this season, he will have two years remaining on his contract.
It is has been rumored that the Los Angeles Lakers are saving their young players in trade talks in order to acquire him whether that's at the trade deadline this season or this summer. Maybe the Lakers are better off doing the trade this season rather than this summer and here's why.
I went onto the NBA trade machine on ESPN.com and I attempted an Anthony Davis trade for Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Michael Beasley and it was successful. Caldwell-Pope and Beasley both have expiring contracts at the end of the season. That would be a lot better than trading away players like Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma, or Brandon Ingram.
If they were able to pull that off this season, it could change a lot of things in the west come playoff time. The Lakers would be able to keep some of their key younger players, along with adding a top three player in the NBA. Los Angeles's starting line up would be Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Lebron James, Josh Hart, and Rajon Rondo.
Davis, Kuzma, and Lebron in the front court could potentially be scary. Anthony Davis is averaging 28 PPG, 12.4 RPG, and 2.8 BPG so far this season with the Pelicans.
Lonzo Ball is averaging 8.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 5 APG, and 1.5 SPG so far this season. Caldwell-Pope is averaging 9.2 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, and 0.8 SPG so far this season. Beasley is averaging 4.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, and 0.2 SPG sp far this season.
The Los Angeles Lakers record so far this season is 18-12 and they are currently the fourth seed in the west. The New Orleans Pelicans record so far this season is 15-16. They are currently the 12th seed in the west and New Orleans is 1.5 games back of the Memphis Grizzles for the number eight seed in the west. If Magic Johnson doesn't get another big time player to go with Lebron James either via trade or free agency it won't be a good look for the Lakers. I expect Anthony Davis to be a member of the Los Angeles Lakers either this season or this upcoming summer.