Lakers Star Anthony Davis Put on Notice by Charles Barkley

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Charles Barkley sent a strong and somewhat insulting message to Anthony Davis on Thursday, revealing that he put Utah sixth man Jordan Clarkson ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers superstar on his All-Star reserve ballot.

Barkley tried to explain his reasoning on TNT’s Inside the NBA, but was met with awkward silence from his colleagues.

Barkley eventually went a little more in-depth on his decision.

“He’s been the best bench player in the NBA this year,” Barkley said of Clarkson. “They (the Jazz) got the best record in the NBA. Most people don’t notice that he has been fantastic this year. That’s why I got him on my list. … Davis has not played like an All-Star. This ain’t a lifetime achievement award. … We’re talking about who’s having the best year, not who’s the better player.

“We love Anthony. He’s a good kid and a great player. But his numbers are down. I’m not going to give it to him just because he’s a perennial great player. He has not played like an All-Star this year.”

Barkley is right — Davis’ numbers are down. But even in a down year, he’s among the most productive players in the NBA. Davis is averaging 22.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game.

Meanwhile, Clarkson is averaging 18.2 points in 26.2 minutes per game for the Western Conference-leading Jazz. While solid, looking through history there aren’t a ton of sixth men making All-Star squads.

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