TSF Tip-Off for 5/31/12 (featuring A Tribe Called Quest): Will Anthony Davis usher in a defensive era of NBA basketball?
With the New Orleans Hornets being awarded (and I use that term loosely) the number one overall pick in the NBA Draft next month, it looks as if Kentucky’s Anthony Davis will be selected by new Hornets owner David…I mean Tom Benson.
Davis has been lauded for being a game-changing player that doesn’t need to take a shot. Is Anthony Davis the beginning of a defensive revolution in the NBA?
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For all the emphasis that has been placed on defense in this abbreviated NBA season it looks as if Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis is entering the league at the opportune time. At 6’10″, Davis has the wingspan of 7’3″. Add that to his nimble 220 lb. frame and you have a player that can cover more than his share of space. Of Davis’ 186 blocked shots last season, 15 were three-point attempts…which should give you an idea of how much of the floor he can get to.
Offensively, Davis is still a work in progress not as raw as Dikembe Mutombo, but there is room for improvement. Davis isn’t what I would consider stiff or robotic and his experience as a guard will help with his mobility and enable him to create space. At 19, Davis will only get better as he picks up weight and develops an NBA frame.
Will Davis become the defensive cornerstone of a league that is shifting its emphasis more towards bringing in defensive stoppers? In Davis, the Hornets have a Killa Bee in waiting - ready to install his personal no-fly zone.
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Supposedly taken three weeks ago…
Coincidence? How could it be?
Man, I miss these Bruthas…