This is an article from the Feb. 23, 2015 issue
The Pelicans' power forward, who is averaging 24.5 points per game, tells SI.com's Matt Dollinger why he skipped his first start in the NBA All-Star Game and who gets his MVP vote
MATT DOLLINGER:Why did you decide to sit out the All-Star Game?
ANTHONY DAVIS: I was discussing it with the trainers and the coaches, just trying to see what the best decision was for me as far as playing, and [my right] shoulder just wasn't ready. I didn't play in the last two games because of the shoulder, and it's still not quite there yet. So I figured I could use this downtime to get my shoulder right so when I go back to the team, we can try to make this push [for the playoffs].
MD:Who is the one guy you would say right now is your MVP?
AD: Either James Harden or Steph Curry. They are playing out of their minds right now. Especially James. He's doing all types of things that you don't normally see, and Steph is scoring 50 [points] and hitting 10 threes. Both of them are doing tremendous things.
MD:Would you put yourself in that conversation?
AD: Y'all can—I'm not going to. I don't like to talk about myself. I'm more of a team guy. Being in the conversation is definitely a blessing, but it's all about my team. Without my team, I wouldn't be in this situation. They definitely put me in a position to where my name can be brought up.
MD:If there was one guy in the NBA you could steal a move from, whose move would you want to add to your repertoire?
AD: James Harden's step-back. It's vicious. He goes right, and then the step-back is money. And he does a great job of drawing fouls as well, so I'd definitely have to take that one.
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