There are only a few remaining individual accomplishments Anthony Davis has yet to achieve during his brief career in the NBA.
New Orleans chose him first overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, he been selected to a pair of All-Star games, helped the United State win the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, then again at the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball tournament, has led the league in blocks each of the past two years and posted the highest Player Efficiency Rating in the NBA a year ago.
The 30.8 PER Davis tallied a last season was the highest total of any power forward or center since Wilt Chamberlain in 1963-64, as he managed 31.6.
PER strives to calculate a player’s individual performance into a single statistic and is adjusted for pace. The average player would manage a PER of 15, while the 30.8 logged by Davis was the 11th highest in NBA history.
The power forward averaged 24.4 points on 53.5 percent shooting from the field to go along with 10.2 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 1.5 steals per game, enough to snap a three year playoff drought for the Pelicans.
New Orleans is anticipating an even more dominant performance from Davis this season, as the team brought in coach Alvin Gentry, the former associate head coach of the reigning champion Warriors, to install a faster paced offense to the team.
Despite employing one of the youngest rosters in the league, with a 22-year-old franchise centerpiece, the Pelicans played at the third slowest pace in the league.
Golden State won its championship, with Gentry as the lead assistant, by playing at the fastest pace in the league, a trait he hopes to replicate in the Crescent City.
Starting point guard is playing with a Jrue Holiday 15 minute per game restriction as he is still recovering from a fractured leg and will begin the year without several rotation players.
Center Omer Asik has a strained calf, backup center Alexis Ajinca and forward Luke Babbit are battling hamstring injuries, Quincy Pondexter is out until at least November as he recovers from knee surgery performed last summer and Norris Cole has a high ankle sprain.
The shorthanded Pelicans provided a glimpse of what may come during the regular season Wednesday night in Orlando, as Davis shredded his competition.
Even though New Orleans lost 110-107 in overtime, the former Kentucky star went to the foul line 19 times, as he recorded 33 points, 16 rebounds, five blocks and two steals.
Davis led the league in 2-point field goals last year, converting 641 shots from inside the arc.
Throughout the summer, Davis worked extensively on his long range shooting, and in pre-season play, has connected on 5-of-10 attempts from 3-point range.
Desperate for production, the team is going to be as reliant on Davis as ever. The increased responsibility can land Davis into one of the most rarified clubs in league history: the quadruple double club.
Only four players in league history have ever registered at least 10 or more in any of the categories of points, rebounds, steals, assists or blocks in a single game.
Prior to the 1973-74 season the NBA did not keep track of steals or blocks in box scores.
The exclusive club encompasses Nate Thurmond (22 points, 14 rebounds, 12 blocks and 13 assists against Atlanta in 1974), Alvin Robertson (20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 steals and 10 assists against Phoenix in 1986) and David Robinson (34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 blocks against the Pistons in 1994).
Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon is the only player to record two quadruple doubles and he did it in less than a month. On March 3, 1990 against Golden State, he tallied 29 points, 18 rebounds, 11 block and 10 assists. Just 26 days later, Olajuwon filled the stat sheet against the Bucks with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 11 blocks and 10 assists.
Davis has yet to record a triple-double in his career, but has managed 98 double-doubles. His 42 double-doubles a year ago ranked sixth in the NBA.
In 199 career games, Davis has yet to block 10 shots in a single game, but he has swatted away eight or more shots on six occasions.
Davis needed overtime to reach his career high of seven assists last season against Denver last season, but as the team is in need of a facilitator, he could surpass that this year.
In pre-season play, Nate Robinson has been the team leader in assists at 3.0 per game, but he signed with the team as a free agent six days ago. His roster spot was only created by the numerous injuries suffered by the New Orleans.
The Pelicans are in desperate need of a play maker, and with Davis likely to be fed the ball as frequently as anyone in the league, his assist chances should dramatically increase.
During the 2014-15 season, Davis received 35.4 passes a night, but his passing led to just 3.8 assists opportunities each game. As the team leans on him more, the chance to create easy baskets for teammates will significantly increase.
The regular season is five days away and the most intriguing player in the league will have every possible chance to accomplish something special each night.
A quadruple double is within reach for Davis.