I hope they keep doubting him.
FOUR MINUTES into this year's NCAA championship game against Kansas, with his Kentucky Wildcats up 9-7, Anthony Davis did what he does best -- and what he might do better than any man alive. Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor received an inbounds pass and slalomed down the court on a one-man fast break. Davis, trailing the action, shadowed Taylor from a 10-foot remove like a shark stalking a darter fish. When Taylor reached the lane, oblivious to the looming threat from the right, he juked a nearby defender and lofted a lefthand runner.
It's not exactly a law of physics that a defender cannot block a layup when he's farther from the basket than the shooter is, but it's still a strong argument for the existence of the DVR. That's especially true when that defender owns a 7'4" wingspan and a jaw-dropping vertical leap. In one sweeping motion, Davis elevated from the middle of the lane -- a giraffe on a pogo stick, skinny legs and all -- and swatted the ball directly to Kentucky guard Doron Lamb. For a split second, even Lamb appeared stunned, unsure how the ball had found its way into his hands. But when Lamb turned and sprinted downcourt on the way to a layup, the genius of the moment was clear: Davis had not just blocked a shot. He had coerced his opponent into helping him deliver an outlet pass."I'll tell you exactly what Anthony Davis is -- he's a young Bill Russell ... And Russell was by far, and will always be, the most valuable player ever in sport." -- Bob Knight, former college coach"When I was growing up, I saw Oscar get 56 in the Garden. I've watched Wilt forever. I saw Russell in the Holiday Festival when I was a young kid. Davis is in that class ... When he enters the draft, the team that gets him is gonna win over 50 games." -- Larry Brown, former NBA and current SMU coach"There's one player in this draft who changes the course of a franchise, and that's Anthony Davis." -- Jon Barry, ESPN analysthttp://espn.go.com/mens-college-bask...-espn-magazine"Blocking shots is about more than just blocking shots. JaVale McGee was second in the league in blocked shots this year, but no one really thinks of him as a great defender. He's just one of those guys who's trying to block everything -- getting a bunch of goaltending calls, getting a bunch of fouls. Davis is the opposite of that." -- Kevin Pelton, author, Basketball Prospectus
This dude is one of the best defenders/shotblockers I've EVER seen. On youtube, or whatever and we get him on our team. Happy, Happy Joy, Joy!
"I want ONLY 9 eyebrows in the starting lineup for the Hornets next year." I typed this before the draft lottery
Well, what was quoted in the OP isn't exactly doubting.
Ole Bobby Knight....
Man I really wish Davis would have did his vertical at the combine. Not because it matters but I'm curious.
Yeah that's weird and unlike HunnyB, why the magic headline?
SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And this isn't RealGM. We don't need to reach for magic headlines.
I think this article brings up some very real concerns we as Hornets fans shouldn't dismiss. We have no idea what we are getting from this kid, and the likelihood that he transforms into an unstoppable offensive players is mostly where the hype lays. He has great instincts and I'll agree that he's the best colleigate shot blocker I've ever seen. However we have no idea if those things will translate to the pros, and even if they do there's still questions about his post defense. If he is a franchise changer it will be in a way that we haven't seen in many years. Personally I think guys are too good offensively and the game is officiated to far to the offensives side of the ball for this to happen.
I enjoyed the article. Thought it was more in depth than most espn articles. Shows both sides of story pretty well, could be a cautionary tale or luckiest lottery win of all time. Only time will tell.
Good article. The title is provocative/contrarian, the article itself is thoughtful. I'd argue that more than a transcendent shot-blocker, Davis is transcendent help and perimeter defender; he's not yet a great post defender, but I can live with that, as there really aren't very many good post players. I would argue that even if he weren't a special defender, he'd still be a high draft pick due to offensive potential. He's in the same boat there as a lot of guys who are taken early-mid lottery---great athleticism and timing, some touch and a couple post moves, some great basic tools for a face-up 4 in terms of ball-handling and good-looking jump shot. He's ready to contribute on offense as a garbage-man a la Tyson Chandler or Noah right away, but he can definitely become a lot more. There's a real possibility if he doesn't get more aggressive offensively and become a guy who looks for his offense and works in the offseason to develop those things, he doesn't.
Last edited by Biasvasospasm; 06-13-2012 at 04:27 PM.
Look at the picture associated with the espn article.
No wonder why Russell got so many blocks. He is rejecting the shot of a white guy shooting a flat footed layup. That kind of thing just doesn't happen very often in the NBA these days, except for maybe if you play the Pacers.
Jesus, let's not put any pressure on the kid or anything.
"Hornets means nothing." - Tom Benson
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