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23 - Anthony Davis

6-10, 222 Power Forward
Kentucky Freshman
Birthday
03/11/93 (26.8 yrs)
Hometown
Chicago, IL
High School
Perspectives Charter
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
10
Size
10
Defense
10
Strength
6
Quickness
9
Leadership
6
Jump Shot
8
NBA Ready
8
Rebounding
9
Potential
10
Post Skills
7
Intangibles
8

NBA Comparison: Kevin Garnett/Marcus Camby

Strengths: Fluid athleticism, incredible length and guard agility in a 6’10 package … Davis is a game wrecking defensive presence and disruptor unlike any incoming draft prospect in quite some time (4.8 BPG) … He combines the physical shot blocking package of a 7’6 wingspan and quick leaping ability with a relentless motor and high-level defensive intelligence … In addition to his length, the speed at which he chews up ground allows him to affect shots all over the court … He has phenomenal recovery speed and can cover up the defensive blemishes of teammates … Single-handedly suffocates opponents physically and mentally, as they know all attempts within his vicinity will be heavily contested at minimum … Looks like a natural guarding on the perimeter, with quick feet and exceptional hands for a man his size- averages 1.5 steals per game, an unheard of figure at the college center spot … Rarely gets into foul difficulty despite his aggressive, attack every shot nature … Davis uses his freakish gifts on the boards as well, snatching nearly 10 rebounds (3 off.) in 31 minutes of action … Not afraid to mix it up on the interior despite his frail build … Highly efficient offensive weapon (13.8 PPG, 65% FG) … Predominantly an off-the ball target, cleaning up on alley-oops both off the pick and roll and dribble hands offs … Few passes are out of reach, seemingly able to elevate as high as required. RUNS the court … While not necessarily a power finisher, his explosiveness of the deck is effortless … Capable of mid-air body adjustments on errant passes … Displays the body control to hang and alter release to finish through a bump … His jump shot form is aesthetically pleasing (71% FT), and its effectiveness certainly can be cultivated with work and experience … Shows glimpses of pick and pop aptitude … Bullet outlet passes are a major strength … Can handle the ball in space with occasional facilitation of the offense, and does not appear limited to straight line drives … Commits under a turnover per game as a freshman big, highlighting his guard skills … Still only 18 years of age, Davis grew 7 inches (6’3-6’10) between his HS junior and senior seasons … Dynamic versatility at both ends of the floor makes for boundless potential …

Weaknesses: The number one drawback on Davis is his overall strength, or lack thereof .. Despite his youth, he is unquestionably thin and the issue remains just how much weight he can add, and how that added weight will affect his speed and agility … His shoulders suggest he can build on his frame, and he’s noticeably chiseled his arms, however a thin waist likely means he won;t be able to bulk up substantially … Must work on his core and lower body- easily gets pinned and backed down in the paint … Unable to establish and maintain position inside, often finding himself bumped off balance … Rarely used in isolation post-up’s during his freshman campaign, particularly given his size advantage on many nights and solid footwork … Offensive canvas is raw, with obvious enormous room for improvement … Doesn’t yet have a feel for his jump shot, often rushing the attempt and shooting a flat shot … There are times where he displays extreme comfort handling the ball, but face-up/dribble-drive maneuvers are few and far between … While he’s a tremendous secondary and tertiary leaper, he too often leaves his feet on pump fakes … It’s hard to fault him for being shot block happy, but the lack of discipline is not to his benefit …  His athleticism and length won’t cover up all shortcomings against super competition … Projecting Davis going forward, there’s not much to dislike … Physical maturity is the only visible hurdle standing in his path to beast mode.

Adam Ganeles 2/23/12

Strengths:  Combines a versatile skill-set with excellent length, fluidity and athleticism … Was a 6’3" guard his junior year before a major 7-inch growth spurt, so he possesses good perimeter skills … Ball handling and passing skills are very strong for a player his size … Capable of throwing brilliant outlet passes to set his teammates up for easy points … Very unselfish … Runs the floor extremely well, usually beating his man down the court with ease … Outstanding length (7’4" wingspan), activity and instincts makes him an absolute terror as a defender … A dominant shot blocker who also shows great ability defending on the perimeter … Despite skinny frame, is an excellent rebounder … Seemingly impossible to keep him off the offensive glass … Soft hands and long arms allow him to catch virtually anything thrown in the vicinity of him … An easy target for lob passes … Has great instincts around the rim, touch within 5 feet of the basket … Great athleticism, body control and touch makes him a very strong finisher in the paint … Very efficient … Virtually unstoppable around the basket… Strong motor and aggressiveness … Willing to make the hustle plays and is not afraid of contact at all … Humble kid with tremendous upside …

Weaknesses: Very slender, even for the collegiate level … It’s likely that he just needs some time to fill into his new found height, but that remains to be seen … As of now, the combination of his frail frame and aggressiveness gets him into foul trouble fairly quickly when matched up with a bigger opponent … Isn’t refined offensively. His shooting ability and post moves are solid, but will need to show improvement if he ever wants to be a go-to scorer at the NBA level … Growth spurt could cause some issues with his knees, could experience some significant pain and could also be a little injury prone for the next year or so …

Outlook: Considered the top player in his class by many college recruiting sites, including Scout and ESPN… Was the highlight of the Jordan Brand Classic with 29 points (13-15 FG), 11 rebounds and 4 blocks… Will be playing for a very deep Kentucky team next season, where he can utilize his strengths… Likely one-and-done candidate who projects to be a top-5 pick in next year’s draft …

Tyler Ingle 4/30/11

Notes: Measured 6’10 (in shoes) 214 lbs, with a 7’4 wingspan at the 2011 Amare Stoudemire Skills Academy.

 

YouTube Clip – 5/3/2010

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56 Comments

    • Howard size at PF

      This kid is pretty special with many gifts.  Lets just hope he can get bigger and stay healthy.  We could be looking at a Dwight Howard (yes i know howard is center and davis is pf), with a better short to mid range game.  Thats saying alot!

  1. The GM that takes Drummond over Davis

    Should be fired immediately. 

    I hate slow running big men. It automatically gives you an advantadge when you have someone like Davis.

    Davis would beat him up the floor sensless. Drummond looks like an Elton Brand or Zach Randolph.

    Unless Drummone winds up on the Spurs who ran a very slow deliberate offense I woudln’t draft him ahead of Davis.

     

     

    • Davis over Drummond? Uh yeah.

      This is a pretty special player.  A big man who can pass, move, dribble, defend the perimeter finish down low, finish on the break, block shots, make steals, take you outside or inside, hustles on the offensive boards…. he’s a combo-guard in a center’s body.  Very rare.  He has big-time game disrupting capabilities at any level.  This is your first overall pick right here.  I hope Charlotte doesn’t underdevelop him like they have so many wasted picks before him.  He needs good teachers and coaches to help him with the NBA game.

  2. PF is the deepest position in

    PF is the deepest position in the Pro’s. Don’t see him making a immediate impact in the league. I think he should go back to college after this year but most Kentucky kids want to be one and done that’s why they go there. He has a ways to go before he makes a impact as a pro though. Really don’t see what seperates him from John Henson. Not really a fan at this point.

  3. Whats with the akward comparison?

    I mean a Center and a PF that were two totaly different player? 

  4. Bobcats?

    If the Bobcats indeed get the 1st pick overall, they would perhaps have the most intimidating 4 and 5 combo in the league in Davis and Biyombo, but on the other hand, they could be the slowest too.

    MKG is a better fit for the Bobcats IMO. i don’t think they’ll have the 1st pick afterall.

  5. How can you compare this kid

    How can you compare this kid to Chris Bosh. Chris Bosh is a very good shooter, can take defenders off the dribble, and has a nice face up post game. Anthony Davis is not a good shooter, can’t take defenders off the dribble and has a weak post up game.Most of his points come from put backs and alley oops. His game reminds me of Tyson Chandler except he a better ball handler and he’s not a strong as Tyson Chandler.

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