Anthony Davis scored 52 points Sunday in the NBA All-Star Game, obliterating Wilt Chamberlain’s record (42) set in 1962. Headlines blared about his “record-setting” and “history-making” performance. Indeed, the facts show he had 18 dunks against the best players in the league.
The reality: Davis would have had more resistance against some seventh-grade team in AAU than what he faced Sunday in the NBA. If there was anything remarkable about his big game, it was that he didn’t score 60. He missed five dunks and took 39 shots, most uncontested.
Davis scored 27 percent of his team’s points in a 192-182 victory. His output matched his 27.7 points-per-game average for a New Orleans team averaging 103.4 points. If they grant me the same time and space in the 2018 All-Star Game, I’m good for 20 points. And I’m 49 years old and fat.
Chamberlain scored 62 when players cared about the ASG, and opposing players tried stopping him. Same with former Braves great Randy Smith, who scored 27 points in 1978 and won MVP. Who deserved the honor Sunday? Try Gordon Heyward, who led the West with four steals. He will not be invited back.