I love Davis, but I don't think he's in that class with KD/LeBron/CP3 yet. Big box score numbers, but needs to be more consistent defensively.
Yeah, I can't say much on the subject one way or the other. This is the only Pelicans game I've been able to watch this year, and I only got to watch most of the second half. If he's not top 3 yet, he'll very likely be there by the end of the year. I do agree about his defense, though, if that has carried over this year. From what I saw last year (when he was healthy) I do think he was a little overrated defensively. But obviously his defensive potential is pretty much limitless.
If he keeps up something close to this level for an entire season, I see no reason to believe why he's already not better than Paul. I think he has more 2 way impact on the game than Paul.
That said, for Bron and Durant, that will require a couple of seasons of consistent excellence to reach, but perfectly within his grasp especially as Bron will begin declining soon.
This was pretty much my view on Davis going into the season. He certainly has the potential to reach the LeBron and KD tier, and thought he'd have a very good chance of overtaking Paul as the third best player in the league this year. But yeah, to just reach (let alone pass) Durant or LeBron, he's going to have to have several healthy seasons of sustained elite play, simply because that's how high Durant and LeBron have set the bar. LeBron is a top 5 talent all-time, and Durant will likely go down as one of the 15-25 best players ever, if not higher.
Now, if the Pelicans don't start improving in the win column within the next 2-3 years, then you have to start looking into just how impactful Davis really is. Right now he gets a pass because the Pelicans haven't been able to stay healthy the last two years. Of course Davis hasn't been able to stay healthy either, which could be a knock on him if that trend continues.
AD just had another monster game, one in which teammates weren't doing enough to get him the balll on offense (I'm looking at you Tyreke ).
On the other hand Bron had his first truly great game of the season and got grade A help from his all star friends. Both guys have led their teams (if you consider 11 pts in a game 'leading') to the same record despite LeHomeComing having the far better supporting cast.