UK Julius Randle 27 points 13 rebounds
MSU Gary Harris 20 points
Kansas Andrew Wiggins 22 points 8 rebounds
Duke Jabari Parker 27 points 9 rebounds
State Farm Championship matchups tonight
#1 Kentucky vs #2 Michigan State
#4 Duke vs #5 Kansas
There have been a lot of different big men to enter the NBA over time. But none are quite like Anthony Davis. With a skill set rarely seen in centers in today’s NBA, Davis is truly a special talent. It’s no wonder almost every team picking in the top 10 that year, offered trades to the Pelicans for a chance to select the gifted big man. The front office made the right choice by staying put, because Davis is set to take the Pelicans to places they haven’t been close to going.
At 6‘10 225 pounds, the 2nd year center is already making his mark on the NBA, as one of the most feared shot blockers in the game. Thats due to great athleticism and outstanding instincts. Thats not all he brings to the table though. Thought to be somewhat offensively “raw” coming out of Kentucky, he has had no problem scoring in the NBA. He has shown us post moves in only his 2nd year, that we are still waiting to see from the “so-called” best big in the game, Dwight Howard.
What really makes Anthony Davis special other than the things I stated above, is his ability to run the floor. Its unlike anything I have ever seen in a big man. Not only can he run the floor but he can handle the ball in transition like a guard. No surprise there. Davis played shooting guard in High School, before a ridiculous growth spurt his senior year that forced him to move to another position. His ability to hit 10-15 foot jumpshots also are skills he has from playing guard. And unlike other big men in the league who struggle with free throws, this young man flourishes at it, shooting 87% from the foul line. Yes, its a very bold statement, but when you add all those attributes in one player and take in the kind of leader he is on the court, its hard to disagree that he’s not the best big man in the NBA.
Taking the league by storm this year, Davis is averaging 23.0 ppg 11.5 rpg 4.3 bpg 2.0 spg. Its too early for MVP talk in this young NBA season, but if he keeps up this level of play, LeBron is going to have some tough competition for the award.
We are really just scratching the surface on this young man’s potential. Once he reaches it, everybody needs to be on watch. Anthony Davis is coming.