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Anthony Davis could be first player ever traded during All-NBA first-team season

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 09: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Smoothie King Center on January 09, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Anthony Davis is one of the NBA’s very best players. He averages 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.7 steals per game. He leads the NBA in PER and ranks third in win shares and third in real plus-minus.

He also just requested a trade.

There’s no guarantee Davis maintains his elite production. He’s currently out with a finger injury. There’s also no guarantee the Pelicans trade him before next week’s deadline. They have him under contract through next season.

But Davis has a chance to have one of the best-ever seasons by someone who changed teams mid-year.

Here’s everyone who made an All-NBA team while switching teams during the season:

SeasonPlayerFromToAll-NBA team
2008-09Chauncey BillupsDETDEN3
2000-01Dikembe MutomboATLPHI2
1994-95Clyde DrexlerPORHOU3
1993-94Dominique WilkinsATLLAC3
1971-72Archie ClarkPHIBAL2
1968-69Dave DeBusschereDETNYK2
1964-65Wilt ChamberlainSFWPHI2
1956-57Slater MartinNYKSTL2
1952-53Andy PhillipPHWFTW2

Here’s everyone to get an MVP vote while switching teams during the season:

SeasonPlayerFromToMVP rank
2009-10Stephen JacksonGSWCHA12
2008-09Chauncey BillupsDETDEN6
2004-05Vince CarterTORNJN13
1994-95Clyde DrexlerPORHOU14
1993-94Dominique WilkinsATLLAC11
1976-77Moses MaloneBUFHOU6
1964-65Wilt ChamberlainSFWPHI5

Nobody has ever made the All-NBA first team while playing for multiple teams in a season. But Davis is favored to be first-team center this year, ahead of Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic.

And it’s not as if Davis excels at only his position. James Harden has emerged as strong MVP favorite, but Davis is squarely in the mix with Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant for spots lower on the ballot. Davis could easily finish top-four, which would surpass Wilt Chamberlain’s fifth-place finish in 1965, when he got traded from the San Francisco Warriors to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Obviously, essential variables remain – how Davis plays the rest of the season, whether New Orleans actually trades him.

But this has the potential to be one of the most seismic, league-altering in-season trades in NBA history.