Davis was the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft after a highly productive freshman season at Kentucky. In his first game with the Hornets, Davis went for 21 points, seven rebounds, one block and a steal in a home loss to the Spurs. He finished the season averaging 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while shooting 51.6 percent from the floor. Davis scored his most points (28) Nov. 17 in a loss to the Bucks and pulled down his most rebounds (18) March 9 in a loss to the Grizzlies. The big man was named to the All-Rookie First Team but finished second in Rookie of the Year voting to No. 6 draft pick Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers. Davis displayed quality play on both ends of the court, though the Hornets finished the season 27-55 and missed the playoffs. Even in a losing season, Davis seemed to bring a new energy to the Hornets and displayed the elite potential that led him to be selected first overall.2013
Davis took a major step forward in his second season, posting statistical increases across the board. He averaged a double-double behind 20.8 points and 10.0 rebounds, adding 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals. Davis continued to play well on defense, leading the NBA in blocks per game (2.8) in his sophomore campaign. He became the youngest player in New Orleans/Charlotte franchise history to record at least 25 points and 15 rebounds in the same game with a huge 26-point, 17-rebound effort in a loss to the Orlando Magic on Nov. 1. After failing to score 30 points in any game as a rookie, Davis recorded nine such games in 2013-14. The 20-year-old big man earned his first All-Star selection thanks to his dominance. Meanwhile, the recently renamed Pelicans went 34-48 -- a seven-game win increase from the previous season. Davis' improved production earned him recognition across the league as he finished third in voting for Most Improved Player. Davis set a new career high in points scored with 36 on March 14 against Portland, only to break that mark two days later with a 40-point game against the Celtics. Overall, he posted 36 double-doubles during the season, tied for 13th-most in the NBA.2014
Davis was selected as an All-Star for the second straight season and bolstered his statistics once again during the 2014-15 campaign. In his third season, the Kentucky product posted per-game averages of 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals. He also registered the best field-goal percentage (53.5 percent) and free-throw percentage (80.5 percent) of his career. Meanwhile, Davis led the NBA in blocks for the second straight season with 2.9 swats per contest. Davis recorded 42 double-doubles, scored at least 30 points 17 times, had at least five blocks 12 times and recorded at least three steals 13 times. He twice swatted nine shots in a single game, including a performance against Denver on March 15 in which he complemented the blocked shots with 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. The 2012 first-overall draft pick earned All-NBA First Team honors and was selected to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Thanks largely to Davis' efforts, the Pelicans finished with a winning record at 45-37 and made the playoffs. The team was swept in the first round by the eventual champion Golden State Warriors, but the series was competitive. Despite the exit, Davis dominated with 31.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per contest, showing his tremendous abilities in the postseason for the first time.2015
Davis had another productive effort in his fourth season, though his campaign was hampered by injuries. The big man averaged 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.0 blocks while earning a third straight All-Star bid. However, Davis played a career-low 61 games thanks to knee and shoulder issues, and he missed the final 14 games of the season. His injuries also caused the big man to miss the 2016 Summer Olympics with the USA Men's Team. Due in large part to Davis' injuries, the Pelicans didn't reach the playoffs and won only 30 games after making the playoffs the season prior. Even in a down year, Davis managed to achieve some impressive feats. He scored a career-high 59 points in a win over the Pistons on Feb. 21, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to score at least 59 points in a single game. Davis also recorded a career-high 20 rebounds in that same game. In doing so, he joined Shaquille O'Neal and Chris Webber as the only players since 1975 to record a 50-point, 20-rebound game. He produced 36 double-doubles and went for at least 30 points 14 times.2016
Davis came back for his fifth season healthy, and he put together his finest showing to date on the offensive end of the floor. He averaged a career-high 28.0 points per game, accompanied by a career-high 11.8 rebounds. He also swatted 2.2 shots per game, the fourth season in a row in which he averaged at least two blocks per game. Altogether, the University of Kentucky product notched 49 double-doubles on the season, eighth-most in the league. Davis added plenty of hardware to his collection with a second All-NBA First Team selection and a second NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection. He also won his first All-Star Game MVP award. In the 2017 All-Star Game, Davis set the record for most points scored with 52 and added 10 rebounds in a winning effort by the Western Conference. Despite a big year from Davis, the Pelicans went 34-48, marking the fourth losing season since Davis was drafted. The team missed the playoffs for the second straight year and finished 10th in the Western Conference standings. Encouragingly, Davis appeared in 75 games -- 14 more than the previous season.2017
After a huge fifth season, Davis provided an even bigger encore in Year 6. He put together arguably his best season thanks to career highs in points (28.1), assists (2.3), steals (1.5), three-pointers made (0.7) and three-point shooting percentage (34.0). He also led the NBA in blocks for the third time in his career thanks to 2.6 swats per game. AD added another dimension to his play with the development of a three-point shot and captured his third All-NBA First Team selection and his first NBA All-Defensive First Team nod. He set a career-high in blocks with 10 against the Jazz on March 11 en route to a triple-double. Led by Davis, the Pelicans finished the year as the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference with a 48-34 record. The team completed a sweep of the favored No. 3 seed Trailblazers and advanced to the next round, where the Warriors dispatched them for the second time in Davis' career. During his second playoff run, he averaged 30.1 points along with a league-high 13.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. The highlight of his season came in a victory over the Suns on Feb. 26 in which Davis went for 53 points, 18 rebounds, five blocks, three assists and a steal. With that effort, he joined Bob McAdoo as the only players since blocks were tracked in 1973-74 to record 50 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks in a single game.2018
Anthony Davis had another outstanding statistical season, though he played a career-low 56 games as he dealt with a back injury late in the campaign. His workload was also reduced around that time, and he saw 33 minutes per game on the year. He averaged 25.9 points and set new career highs in rebounds (12.0), assists (3.9), steals (1.6) and three-pointers (0.9) per game despite the reduction in minutes. He pulled down a career-best 26 rebounds Jan. 2 against the Nets. He earned a sixth consecutive All-Star selection and averaged at least two blocks (2.4) for the sixth straight season. Davis also finished third in the league in Player Efficiency Rating (30.3). He finished fourth in plus/minus (8.5) as well. One of his best games of the season occurred Jan. 9 during a win over the Cavaliers. Davis produced 38 points on 11-of-17 shooting, 13 rebounds (six offensive), seven assists, four blocks, two steals and just one turnover. That marked one of Davis' 37 double-doubles in 2018-19. The big man racked up seven 40-point games, three performances with 20-plus rebounds and 19 efforts with more than four assists. Defensively, Davis had 12 games with three-plus steals and six games with at least five blocks.
June 28, 2012Drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft. He later signed a rookie contract.
July 9, 2015Signed a five-year contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans.
July 6, 2019As part of a three-team trade, traded by the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Los Angeles Lakers traded Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, De'Andre Hunter, Brandon Ingram, cash, a 2021 1st-round draft pick, a 2023 1st-round draft pick and a 2024 1st-round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Los Angeles Lakers traded Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones, Moritz Wagner and a 2022 2nd-round draft pick to the Washington Wizards; and the Washington Wizards traded cash to the New Orleans Pelicans.