ESPN continues to release their NBA summer forecasts for next season and the results remain lukewarm at best when it comes to the New Orleans Pelicans and members of the roster. After predicting Alvin Gentry’s team to place 11th in the Western Conference standings and Buddy Hield to finish 4th in Rookie of the Year, the ESPN forecast team has Anthony Davis settling for 10th in the 2017 MVP vote.
This is a far cry from where Davis was predicted to finish just one year ago. In ESPN’s 2015 Summer Forecast, the New Orleans superstar was projected to finish 2nd with 77 points, coming behind only LeBron James and his 115 points. Stephen Curry, the eventual winner, was picked fifth with 23 points.
The 2016 Forecast has Davis winding up with 2 meager points, tying Blake Griffin for 10th place overall. James is favored to take home the trophy again (145 points) and he is followed by Russell Westbrook (112 points), Kevin Durant (50 points), Kawhi Leonard (41 points) and Stephen Curry (37 points).
What do you guys think? Should Davis have placed higher on the list or does he need to go out first and prove he can largely stay healthy and lead the Pelicans back to the playoffs while putting up monster stat lines on a nightly basis?