Valanciunas / Anthony Davis
Dont be afraid Raptors fans , i know people expected more but he is only 19. He will improve. I thought he would get a little more burn, but look Anthony Davis couldnt even get on the floor,( and I am not trying to knock him)
btw like i predicted Anthony Davis would not get on the floor due to the game being so physical. I got like a million negatives for saying this ,but these games can get tough.
would be getting playing time if he played for Lithuania. Jonas wouldn't get getting playing time for team USA.
There's no doubt that Anthony Davis would make an impact if given minutes. Yea, he'd get pushed around sometimes (so does Kevin Durant), but the game being too physical isn't the reason he isn't playing.
He's not playing because he's paying his dues. Do you really think Coach K is about to play a rookie who hasn't played one NBA game? Had everyone been healthy, not even Blake Griffin would've made the team. Davis is an injury replacement's replacement.
I really think Davis is just along for the experience.
Don't compare Davis to Valanciunas, it will just come back to bite you in the asss.
Coach K should have played Davis, he would have gotten better D and high quality shots from him. The kid is a beast and the problem about lack of experience is not that big a deal in this case. Kobe, Lebron, CP3 etc., they can all do a lot of the thinking for the kid. Davis is a weapon finishing those lob passes. The experienced and great players on the US team would know how to use that weapon if Coach K would put him in.
Yeah you seriously can't compare minutes on these teams (USA and Lithuania) even though Lithuania played then good
And I'm pretty sure Valanciunas wouldn't even been able to try out for the USA team
Davis is 19. Just being on the team is probably a great experience for him. I think that was what most people anticpated, with the US team being filled with NBA all stars. Like Chewy stated, Valanciunas wouldn't get many minutes for team USA either. Davis can play and he will show it in the NBA. It is a testament to his ability that he could make the most-talented team in the world at such a young age.
He should have played Davis? Are you second guessing Coach K? This was not a "lob pass" globetrotter game. Dont compare Nigeria with Lithuania. They are not on the same level. I never said Valanciunas was on the same level as Davis! But my comparison was that the game is too physical for both of them. All i predicted was that in the tough games with better teams like Lithuania, was that Davis would get little to no playing time. So far i was right. I NEVER said Davis was a bust, sucks, shouldnt be on the team ect ect. I was only responding to people who said that he should have gotten more burn after the Argentina exhibition and that he would struggle with guys like Luis Scola and Robertas Javtokas ( yes, i know he got injured).
No one is second guessing coach K at all.......I don't get why you would think that.....Heck most coaches wouldn't even put a rookie on basically a all star team.Its an honor to even be recognized by the coach and invite him to try out even though he has not even played a NBA game yet,and I would be willing to bet that if Valanciunas was born in the USA he wouldn't be an option to go to the tryouts.Besides Valanciunas did not really have an impact in that game, and if Anthony Davis was in there Lithuania wouldn't have got half the layups they got with Davis in the paint.
SO this post is pointless
Coach K can be second guessed just like any coach can. They aren't perfect and they are known to not play less experienced young guys. Most time it's a good decision not to play them and other times it's not.
Anthony Davis is best left to games against Tunisia and Nigeria.
Team USA is going to need Anthony Davis. At the very least for his weak-side shot blocking. Let Love and LeBron body up to their big men but keep Anthony Davis in there for rim protection and intimidation. A.D. can also finish on the other side.
You are aware that the players from Lithuania, Russia, Argentina, Spain, Brazil, and France have faced more than their share of waif-like shot blockers in their day and have zero problem dealing with them. This is as dumb as people thinking Bismack Biyombo was going to shut down the paint in Charlotte.
Everyone knew Davis would basically be a bench warmer or Team USA coming in. He's the Christian Laettner of this team
The reason I like playing Davis on this team is that he is a fantastic finisher. Yes, he needs to be set up, but once you do, look out. I'd rather have CP3 and Lebron at least thinking about setting up Davis for a lob dunk as opposed to setting up Kobe or Melo for a three. First off, it kind of doesn't matter what strategy they use because the U.S. is so much better than folks. But if you want the safest highest percentage strategy, then I like them having on the court a guy who will pretty much only look to take a super high percentage shot.
I'm not asking or expecting Davis to shut down the other team on defense, but I'm also pretty sure he isn't a defensive weak link. Yes he doesn't have bulk or experience, but that doesn't mean other teams are going to be successful attacking him.
I'd love to see Coach K play Davis with Chandler. Both would then be available for lob pass dunks off pick and rolls. I think it would be a very safe and high percentage offense. That strikes me as better than this feast or famine three-point shooting contest that Team USA seems to want to enter.
Part of Coach K's lineup is about appeasing the egos and not necessarily about winning games because he figures the win is in the bag anyway. There is politics about this team. Team USA doesn't want any of the big franchise stars to be insulted with poor or low playing time. So you have to start and play Kobe no matter how low his shooting percentage is. I get it. Davis won't complain about not getting PT. He has not right to do so. But I think the team is at least as good with him on the floor as with a lot of other guys who are getting much more PT.
Tallman.. Did you watch this Lithuania game ? He is barely playing Chander let alone Chandler with Davis. He is playing to win. Look at his face while coaching. He is as serious as you can get. He does not care about nba egos, he doesnt even coach there. He is going with his heavy hitting sluggers. When you are losing in the 4 th quarter who are you going with? It is going to be Carmelo and Lebron, NOT Chandler and Davis!
Yeah and this strategy worked real well for Coach K, didn't it?
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. Sure K can put his best finishers on the bench and he can still get a win. But it isn't a great game plan.
Coach K is great, but man if we ever needed another example that he doesn't know what to do with big men, the Lithuania game is another one. Chandler and Davis should not be on the bench! Unless K is trying to create a close game to get his team's attention. Maybe the clever old coach has a bigger game plan than just getting another win in pool play. Run the risk of losing a battle (which they still didn't) so you can win the way. Maybe he is one step ahead of all of us. I guess I have to consider that.
But no, not playing Chandler doesn't give this team a better chance of winning a game. That I don't believe.
anthony davis.... helluva talent
but he isnt ready for this kind of psychiality
he would get pushed around like a puppet
im with BTPH...... then again hes just a rook