In an interview with Heavy’s Scoop B. Robinson, former Los Angeles Laker, Metta World Peace opened up on the arrival of Anthony Davis in Los Angeles.
“I haven’t watched a lot of Anthony Davis over the years because like, he’s in New Orleans and you’re only watching the championship teams. So if you’re a hardcore NBA fan, you know everything about Anthony Davis. I’ve played in the NBA. So me playing in the NBA, I knew about Anthony Davis, but I didn’t know that he was THAT good. I mean you see he’s an All-Star at the All-Star Game you Anthony Davis, there go Anthony Davis. But when you actually watch him play, him being a Laker and watching in all those Lakers games with that style of play, I didn’t know he was like, that great. He’s entering greatness right now, he’s a Hall of Famer definitely but I think he has to get past Dwight because Dwight has had the better career with his 4 Defensive Player of the Year trophies which is crazy. But I think he has some work to do but he’s a great player.”
Howard actually won defensive player of the year three times, consecutively in ’09, ’10, and ’11, so Metta was slightly off, but he makes a compelling point nonetheless. Howard has an eight-year head start on Davis, but Davis nearly rivals Howard in all star selections, totaling seven to Howard’s eight.