- Created on Saturday, 28 July 2012 04:01
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by David Rountree
Anthony Davis and New Orleans Hornets look to start off the season with a bang as they face the San Antonio Spurs in their home debut. This will instantly throw Davis into a true test of his abilities as he battles in the paint with NBA Legend Tim Duncan.
Duncan has been the model of consistency for over a decade and his skills are still potent even as a veteran. Chances are Davis is in for a mighty learning experience, but it is all a part of the process of becoming a great player in this league. Ask Blake Griffin who was utterly embarrassed by an aging Duncan in the playoffs—proving skill wins over athleticism—so Davis should prepare to take notes.
3) Size: Anthony Davis is athletically gifted at 6-10 with a huge 7-4 wing span, which allows him to block shots at a high rate. However in the NBA look for his post-game defense to suffer because he weighs only 222 lbs—he needs to get in the weight room. Tim Duncan (at 250lbs) spent most of his career in the post because he had the girth/strength to dominate inside. Davis is likely to get man-handled inside early in his career.
2) Jump-Hook: It is one of the easiest moves to perfect for a bigman and it is something Duncan has thrived at his entire career. He has the enact ability to finish above the defense with either hand—keeping players guessing. Davis needs to add this to his game; it is a shot that requires strength and patience in the post. It isn’t as explosive as a dunk but it is a more energy efficient skill.
1) Bank-shot: Where would Tim Duncan be without his patented bank shot? It creates so many problems for his defenders and his efficiency usually provides him with a quick lane to the basket. Davis is an athletic freak and if he added this to his repertoire he would surely get many chances to explode to the rim. It is one of the easiest shots to learn and it has even done wonders for superstar veterans like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.