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Anthony Davis is SCARY good

Anthony Davis had 32 points 12 rebounds and 6 blocks tonight against the lakers and he was just flat out domanant on both ends. He was dominant in the pre season and was arguably the best best big man during pre season play, and is backing that up during the season where he has looked like the best big man in the game. It's still early but at this rate there is no way that Davis does not make the All Star team this season, especially with the game being in New Orleans. His potential is truly special


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this was the first time I saw

this was the first time I saw him this season tonight, and he was a stud. ran the court, made jumpers, blocked shots, high bball iq. He is gonna battle love for best pf in the game soon if he isn't already. Only negative tonight I saw was he did allow himself to get out of position multiple times rebounding and defending down low knowing he could just use his length to make up for not boxing out or getting sealed down low. But im nitpicking.

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Can you just imagine if he

Can you just imagine if he had Love's nose for the ball and his technique with his tremendous athleticism and defense? This kinda player doesn't come around that often.

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Man it's crazy how good he is

Man it's crazy how good he is man and he's only 20! He's going to continue to get better,stronger,smarter, man one day just ONE DAY MAYBE he might be considered the best player in the NBA, he is KG all over again.

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He is basically playing like

He is basically playing like Kevin Garnett was in his prime and he is only 20, with out garnetts playmaking ability, which was great for a PF, in his prime for 6 years he averaged 5 to 6 assists. He is like lebron in that he had so high of expectations and hype and he has exceeded them.

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I think we all knew he'd be

I think we all knew he'd be good, but I don't think many of us thought he'd be good this fast. He's so much bigger this season, he's really hit the weight room the last two off-seasons. One more off-season like this and he'll have the perfect PF body.

I know it's only been 5 games, but he's taking 7.4 FT per game and dropping in about 92% of them!

Just a reminder, the dude is only 20 years old!

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KG was never the best player

KG was never the best player in the league.

It was always been MJ, Malone, Shaq, Duncan, Kobe, Lebron since he's been in the league.

I wanna see Davis do this over the season. I already heard some comparisons of him being like Camby but with a jumper and a better offensive game. KG that could be a stretch but who knows.

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I've said he's Chris Bosh on

I've said he's Chris Bosh on offense and Marcus Camby on defense in their primes. Meaning his averages would look like: 24PPG, 13RPG, 3BPG and a DPOY (or a few) award under his belt.

But it looks like he's going to average near 20-10-3 in only his second season so he could exceed my lofty expecations.

Sky's the limit, really

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People thought I was crazy

People thought I was crazy saying the Pelicans are legit

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Yea he has been impressive. I

Yea he has been impressive. I do like that he has been taking alot of shots, but he still does have a way to go with his post game. But I think there is no doubt he will be an allstar and in a few years the best pf in the league (or tied with Love).

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Remember when some idiots out

Remember when some idiots out there (and maybe a few on this board) were saying Damian Lillard was the star of that draft? Or Thomas Robinson was talking about how he should have been number one pick? Then folks are saying no, it is Davis. You want Davis over any three guys in that draft combined. Of course he can't keep this up. But man 4 blocks and 2 steals a night, plus 20+ points per game. This is like David Robinson territory. And it really looks like he has a few more years of physical development before he peaks.

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Anthony Davis is a much more

Anthony Davis is a much more confident/aggressive player this season. He had a great off-season with Team USA and he put on some muscle. I think the biggest difference this year though is that Monty Williams has given him a longer leash. Davis is averaging 38 minutes per game this season compared to last season's 28.8.

I've been most impressed with his athleticism/length and just the way he brings it consistently every game. His energy and just activity has been amazing. He's everywhere. And defensively, he definitely reminds me of Marcus Camby. He's got special timing and craftiness when it comes to blocking shots that I've only seen Camby show. It's clear Davis has DPOY potential. He's got Kevin Garnett defensive potential.

Offensively, last night was the first game that he seriously impressed me. I mean, I'd been impressed with his activity getting to the line and making them at a high percentage, but he just really hadn't shown me much offensively yet. He shot 8/20 vs the Pacers, 9/23 vs the Magic, 9/13 vs the Bobcats in a blowout (his first efficient game offensively), 5/14 vs the Suns and 5/14 vs the Grizzlies. I didn't really see any difference offensively than he showed last season which was scoring off of lobs, catch and finishes, putbacks, in transition, etc. Before last night, he was shooting below 40% on mid-range jumpers.

The most I've seen him do in the post this season is quick post and shoot a jump hook. I've not seen him get a double team. I think he's still got a ways to go offensively, but you can see so much potential.

When you look at all of his qualities, it's hard to say you'd take more than 5 players in the league over him going forward.

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Pretty much everyone shoots

Pretty much everyone shoots below 40% on midrange jumpers except for Dirk and Melo. If you can shoot 45% from midrange in the NBA on a high volume of shots you get to go to the Olympics to represent your country. That is a hard shot to get to go in against NBA defenses.

Who cares what he shoots from mid range. He probably shouldn't be even shooting those shots. The dude is averaging 4 blocks and 2 steals! He's a defensive game changer and he can also bring offense. Usually in big men you are lucky to get one of those two things.

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"Pretty much everyone shoots

"Pretty much everyone shoots below 40% on midrange jumpers except for Dirk and Melo"

Lamarcus Aldridge, Kevin Garnett, Al Hoford, Tim Duncan, Luis Scola, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Bosh, David West, David Lee, Brandon Bass, Spencer Hawes, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Nikola Vucevic, Chris Kaman, Marreese Speights, Jason Thompson, Ryan Anderson, Patrick Patterson, Andrew Nicholson, Elton Brand, Jason Smith and Carl Landry.

Those are the following big men who shot over 40% from mid-range last season on at least 200 overall attempts. Those are the bigs who basically consistently shoot in between 40-50% from mid-range. So you saying everyone shoots below 40% is just weird. To say you don't think Anthony Davids needs a consistent/respectable jumpshot doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

Right now Davis scores primarily the same way he did last season. He's just playing more minutes to do it more often. Lobs, drops offs, putbacks, etc. My point was that he still has a ways to go before he develops into a go-to caliber offensive player. It's not a knock. It's just a fact. I mean, he's young. I personally think he'll grow into a great offensive player.

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Pretty much everyone shoots

Pretty much everyone shoots below 40% on midrange jumpers except for Dirk and Melo. If you can shoot 45% from midrange in the NBA on a high volume of shots you get to go to the Olympics to represent your country. That is a hard shot to get to go in against NBA defenses.

Who cares what he shoots from mid range. He probably shouldn't be even shooting those shots. The dude is averaging 4 blocks and 2 steals! He's a defensive game changer and he can also bring offense. Usually in big men you are lucky to get one of those two things.

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Something I think about

Something I think about regarding Davis is that he grew almost a foot in his last 2 years of high school. He was able to maintain his guard abilities (shooting stroke, quickness, etc.) from pre-growth spurt and then develop big man skills (post skills, shot-blocking, etc.) with his new found height and then merge the two together, making him a rare specimen. That growth spurt was a blessing.

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I called it

I was all over Davis from day one. I predcited his rookie season to be 14 PPG on over 50% from the field and he ended up at 13.5 on 51.2% from the field. Here is my quote from an old post before his rookie season.

"I am thinking about 14 points a game on 50% shooting. He will have to rely on putbacks and lobs a lot but if he works on getting to the foul line consistently he will be a dangerous offensive player in no time."

This season is certainly a small sample size so far but he is getting to the foul line over 100% more this year. He only went to the foul line 3.5 times a game last year and is averaging 8 attempts this year and converting on 7 of them. He is playing 10 minutes more a night this year at this point but even per 36 minutes he is averaging 3 more free throw attempts per game.

Everybody compared him to KG and I thought that was a great comparison...the scary thing is with the progress he has made from age 19-20 he could actually end up being even better than the surefire first ballot hall of famer. I know it is early this year and his numbers of 23 points 13 boards and 4 blocks per game will come back down to Earth slightly but he is well on his way to being the superstar game changing player I expceted him to be.

http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/can-anthony-davis-make-impact-offensively

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Here is a really good thread on our predictions about Davis.

Some of my quotes...

"Anthony Davis will be much more than just Marcus Camby or Jermaine O'Neal. I think he is on the level of being an all-star for years to come barring injury. He already comes in ready to go defensively based on his length, timing and basketball IQ. He has all the skills to develop a potent offensive game as well. I really do not see how some people cannot see the potential that this kid has. I feel like there is no question within 3 or 4 years he will be in the discussion for who the best PF in the world is with Blake Griffin and Kevin Love."

" Davis is as close as it gets to a sure thing."

" Davis can handle the ball as well as garnett. I will agree he is not the mid range shooter that KG is or was but he has the potential to be nearly as potent on offense. I can see him scoring over 20 points a game within 4 years. I can see him blocking over 2 shots a game and grabbing over ten boards next year.

KG averaged 17 pts 8 rebs and 2 blks a game in his second year. Those are close to the #s I expect from Davis as a rookie except maybe 15 pts and 10 rebs instead. I don't know that he will ever average 24 14 and 2 like KG did in his prime but I would not rule out putting up close to those kind of numbers once he gets stronger and more mature."

"KG was 220 when he came into the league and now is up to 250. I don't know if Davis will put on as much muscle but 20 pounds is certainly not out of the question. 10 boards a game might be tough but I think he will get over 8 for sure and will be top 5 in the league in blocks with around 2 a game."

Here are some others...

LeBron's Hairline-"I think Anthony Davis is overhyped, at best he is Taj Gibson 2.0, he also has a bit of an ego as shown by the ''check my stats'' shirt and him saying he wants to be the Kobe stopper."

JNixon- "Maybe people dont remember Kevin Garnett in his prime, but Anthony Davis doesnt play much like Garnett offensively. Garnett was a 20 ppg scorer easy, I doubt Davis never be a 20 ppg player. Ever. At any point in his career. Garnett could handle the ball like a wing, shoot the 18 ft. shot consistently, and have offense run through him. Anthony Davis is much closer to Marcus Camby than Kevin Garnett to me, not that kind of impact player offensively"

JoeCheck88 "I don't agree with how he said it but I am kind of with igetbuckets99. He is similar to a Larry Sanders or Taj Gibson. I don't see this guard in a big mans body. I see Garnett potential on the defensive side of the ball. I really do. I think he will be a beast blocking shots and a guy that can switch out onto guards and that is great. Offensively, I am not sure he is more than a pick & roll or pick & pop player. I see maybe 16ppg in his prime. He may be a 16 & 11 player and that isn't a bust. I just don't thionk he is goimg to be Garnett and definately not Duncan."

RudeBoy-"Right now he's 70% of the player he will be in 2 years..In his rookie year i project him to get around 12 to 14 pts-10 rbs and 3 blks a game..."

Tongue-Out-Like-23 "Chris Bosh on offense, Marcus Camby on defense."

http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/how-good-anthony-davis-really-i-think-hype...

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Davis' progress realy is

Davis' progress realy is scary right now. Aside from his formidable body this year I'm very impressed with his jumper. Saw some of his points coming from very deep and really didn't think he already has that. What I like most about his game is how he carries so much offensive load without the need for running so much plays for him. It's incredible how many times he is the first one on the break receiving the outlet pass.

i don't say this to often but sky really is the limit for him and by the way I saw young KG play in Sota. Davis could be really there and this alone is scary. But with his improvement on the perimeter it's clear to me the Davis playing center talk should be over now. Prime KG was the best thing out of a 3/4 tweener and I think Davis could guard all 3 positions but shouldn't play center offensively.

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Davis just needs to improve

Davis just needs to improve his core strength and positioning and he'll be fine playing the center.

What I wanna throw out there is that the way things are going, he may develop into a second Hakeem Olajuwan, How many others can average 20 and 10 with 2 steals and 4 blocks? Youngest player ever to get 30 pts 10 rebs and 5 blks in a game.

"Anthony Davis can be as good as he wants to be. People talk about his handle, shot, excetera. He young. He's only been his size for 2+ years now. It takes time and repetition to fully understand how to utilize ones gifts, and he learned at a rediculous rate. The one thing that stood out to me, and it stood out to me the most with Derrick Rose, is the speed that they get better. Davis was improving on a NIGHTLY bases. You could see with his confidence and experience, his timing, rotations, and offense became better...

...Honestly his worst case is a PF version of Tyson Chandler. It may take a decade, but at some point people will mention him as a top flight defensive player. His best could be something else. 20-12-3ast-2stl-3blks type of something else"

http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/how-good-anthony-davis-really-i-think-hype-has-gone-too-far

His offensive potential I slept on. This kid is going to be a monster for years to come... and in my opinion is the #1b franchise player in the NBA behind Lebron James, age considered.

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Anthony Davis 25-8-4-6-6

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Davis has really kicked on

Davis has really kicked on this season and comparisions to a younger KG now look legit but we have to remember that KG played at that level for about 12 years so Davis has still got a long way to go. KG could almost play like a small forward and one season converted 37 3 pointers, Davis has not hit one in his NBA career.

KG's all round game at his peak was probably more refined than Davis's will ever be but I could see Davis having the potential to be as good on defence as KG was so a hybrid Bosh/Chandler/Camby type comparision going forward look fair.

Davis looks a legit All Star candidate this year I would agree.

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He's 20 and putting up

He's 20 and putting up awesome numbers. Guys like Kareem and Duncan were still in college three years out of high school. If he were 7'2 he would get a lot of Kareem comparisons. Even so, the guy looks like an All NBA first teamer.

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Who

first said that he's gonna be best pf in the west ? ;)

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