According to a poll conducted by CSNNE a few days ago, the majority of this significant sample size would not agree to either of the following trade proposals: Exchanging the 2017 first overall pick in the 2017 draft, the Brooklyn Nets 2018 first round pick, Avery Bradley, Jaylen Brown and Tyler Zeller for Davis, or these same parameters plus the Celtics would swap their 2018 first pick for the Pelicans 2018 first rounder, top-7 protected.
Immediately after the reading of the current results at the time, one of the Boston Sports Tonight crew stated, “And 56% of you are drunk.”
In addition to dwelling on the amount of outgoing assets — potentially three consecutive top-5 first round picks — the naysayers questioned their return. By and large, the argument focused around, “I like Anthony Davis, I like his skills, why doesn’t he win more?”
Supporters of the deal responded with ideas that Davis needs a dominant offensive threat like Isaiah Thomas, more muscle around him like Marcus Smart, and a proven program in place. Indeed it’s difficult to go against the trajectory and success sustained by Brad Stevens and his staff over the last few seasons, and who doesn’t agree with the notion that New Orleans has failed to establish an identity nearly as well as Boston?
At the end of the day, Anthony Davis is a generational talent, and I agree with one of the podcasters from the link that AD will proudly display on his mantle some day: best player in the NBA. It’s a much safer bet than hoping Jaylen Brown morphs into a Jimmy Butler, Markelle Fultz becomes one of the best players in the league and the Nets 2018 pick becomes a core piece as well.
All that said, I’m happy to hear the mass of respondents to a large survey would prefer to see Anthony Davis remain in New Orleans because my arm never needed any twisting in the first place! #NeverTradeTheBrow