Anthony Davis has played more MUT 18 Coins center this season than at any point in his career (roughly 60 percent of his minutes). Part of that has been necessity as Asik began the season injured and Alexis Ajinca and Kendrick Perkins have been unavailable at times. But the switch should happen by dictat. Per, Asik doesn't appear in a single Pelicans lineup with a positive net rating over 15 minutes. The team's best lineups tend to feature Davis, Ryan Anderson and Dante Cunningham up front, with some combo of Eric Gordon, Ish Smith and Jrue Holiday in the backcourt.That puts a lot of defensive pressure on


Davis -- making him more of a full-time center means he has to deal with guys like Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan, DeMarcus Cousins, Marc Gasol and DeAndre Jordan. That's a heavy task (literally). But the Pelicans just aren't competitive with Asik out there, and threatening Davis as a pick-and-roll switcher might actually discourage teams from running them purely to isolate the New Orleans big out on the perimeter. As seen with two critical steals late in Friday's game, Davis is as dangerous defensively 20 feet from the hoop as he is a shotblocker in close. He can disrupt what teams are doing far more than Asik can.


The downside is that teams will just attack Anderson off the pick-and-roll more often. Against most teams, though, Davis will be able to collapse and help if playmakers attack off the dribble. The playing rotation behind a Davis-Anderson frontcourt is also a concern; it might help to let Cunningham get more run as a power forward (or even center in some rare circumstances) and put Quincy Pondexter in the same situation when he heals. Hell, even


Tyreke Evans could do some time at power forward if it'd mean letting Holiday handle the ball more and so long as the team defense is communicating well (admittedly a struggle with this team). With a still dilapidated roster, Alvin Gentry might need to get really creative.The first step has to be losing Asik, though. He's just not doing anything well enough to justify his presence on the floor. If Anthony Davis is up for the Madden NFL 18 Coins challenge of becoming an NBA center, it's time to let it fly.2015 NBA scores: The Raptors played almost as well as the Warriors -