So now that Anthony Davis' season is over...
play basketball before you make these absurd statements. Thanks - Jlv2012.
Interesting argument, heres what I have to say to you guys.
1. I never made this thread trying to say Anthony Davis would be a "bust".
2. I don't get these arguments about when Duncan or KG were 18/19 years old. Its irrelevent. Anthony Davis will improve. I know that. But him improving doesnt mean hes going to be a great jump shooter, or have a phenomenal low post game. No kids his age have post up games? Did you watch Cousins when he was at UK? Or a rook on Sac? Sure Cousins isn't a great player, and he has off the court issues. But he's still a guy who can score in the low post and has a NBA center body. That in itself is rare. For all of you drooling over Andre Drummond, its funny you turn around and dismiss what Cousins has done. But I know why you do so, because through almost 2 seasons, Cousins looks like he is going to be good, but he's not going to be anyone special, hes not going to be a 10 time all star or a superstar. And all of you want Davis to be that guy, and don't want him to be compared to someone who is just decent.
Listen, I get all of you. POY, Final Four MOP, etc. He had a great collegiate season. My point is that Tim Duncan is a top 10 player in NBA history, and had an Elite offensive game. Let's not compare a kid who doesn't have a go-to move to him. I'm sure he'll get better, I'm sure he will be successful at the next level. His defensive instincts are one of a kind, and he is a great athlete as well. But on Kentucky, he filled a role. He wasn't a go to guy offensively, he was commonly an accessory to their offensive attack. The contemporary players who have gotten alot of credit as rim protectors, Duncan, Chandler, etc, have all been big enough to protect the middle against legit NBA centers. He doesn't possess this ability. He will be a good defender, but not a once in a generation type you are making him out to be. Bruce Bowen said himself, he's more in the Camby mold than the Duncan mold, and I don't understand why people can't appreciate that and have to compare to him to an all-time great.
I'm with you on this for the most part. I think you are under estimating Davis on the offensive end but he won't be a Tim Duncan. He is better offensively than Camby though. I think he is more in the KG mold but I'm not going to call him the next KG. I think if KG went to college he would have been a menace. I think he is in between KG and Ibaka. Like 16ppg 10rpg and a few blocks. That is his ceiling I believe. Yes you are looking for franchise changing talent but you don't get that every year. Davis feels like a safer pick at 1 than a Drummond.
I personally think there is still a chance teams fill fall in love with Drummond and his physical attributes and could go 1 but Davis should be the guy.
Fvckswag666, I beg to differ on your point about Cousins not becoming somthing special. I definatly believe that he will be a perenial All-Star. Like I mentioned earlier today, not counting the first five games of the season, he has shot 46% from the field. Not where you'd want him to be, but not as dismal as most think it is.
People are really underestimating what Cousins is doing albiet it be for a losing team.
Cousin's per 36 minute scoring is 21.5 this season, Dwight's per 36 minute scoring has only passed that once when he had 21.9 per 36 last season. Cousins will never be the player Dwight is defensively, but 18 and 11 in 30 minutes per game at age 21? At the time of the 2010 draft, even though I myself was sold on John Wall, the only player I thought should've considered a thought was Cousins. And we all know that the 76ers, Nets, and T-Wolves knew what Cousins was going to be, they all knew Cousins would be a force inside, but they didn't want to deal with the red flags. But somtimes you have to take that gamble on a guy as talented as Cousins. I have no doubt in my mind that he will only get better as he gets more mature. He will be a Superstar, top 10-15 player in the league and will be a perenial All-Star and will have numerous All-NBA selections. Just wait and see, this kid is a stud.
I think he is in between KG and Ibaka.
This I don't have a total problem with. Its fairly accurate and thats fine. What you get is a once in awhile all star and a great athlete.
aamir- I'm not saying Cousins can't be an All-Star. I just need to see him dominate other NBA bigs in wins before I say hes definitely going to be an unforgettable star.