Player name: Anthony Davis
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. 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. A highly efficient offensive weapon (13.8 PPG,
65% FG), & his jump shot form is visually 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. 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.
Why the decision was made to select this player
Anthony Davis is the top prospect and consensus #1 overall pick in this years draft. No other
prospect in this draft class has been said to have the potential to be a franchise player. It does not
take too much decision making to select Davis #1 overall.
How he will fit in with the team?
The better question is how will the rest of the team fit in with Anthony Davis? Davis will
come in and instantly start & play around 40 minutes a game. Currently the Hornets have no
competition for him at the forward position. Davis does not require the ball to score so he will fit
right in with Shooting Guard Eric Gordon and any other scorer the Hornets will hopefully bring
The best-case scenario for Anthony Davis is that he comes in and dominates the key just like
Blake Griffin did as soon as he hit the court. Aside from Griffin’s explosiveness Davis will also
have Tyson Chandler or Serge Ibaka’s defensive shot blocking abilities. In the Best Case Davis
will show all of these skills and make an immediate impact in his first game in the NBA.
The worst-case scenario, Anthony Davis does not gain any weight/strength or develop an NBA
offensive game. Anthony Davis will naturally be a force on defense even in his worst case. He
has a raw talent on the offensive end with potential to be the next Kevin Garnett, Although he
needs time to develop his offensive game. If the Hornets do not bring in a veteran big man that
can score, it may affect Davis the most, as he will be thrown into a role he is not ready for, So in
the worst case, Davis will end up being the next DeAndre Jordan, all dunks and blocks.