It was pretty clear early on in the 2012-2013 NBA season why Anthony Davis was the unquestioned choice for the New Orleans Pelicans (then the Hornets) to take with the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Despite not turning 20 years old until near the end of his rookie season, Davis showed a great deal of talent.
In 64 games last year, Davis averaged a solid 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals in 28.8 minutes per game while shooting 51.6 percent from the floor. Everyone knew that the defense and rebounding were going to be there when he came into the league, but he showed an unexpected amount of offensive prowess in his first NBA season.
However, Davis is clearly not content with just staying where he is as a player. In the Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas earlier this summer, he showed off an improved jump shot with an impressive amount of range that he’s added to his game. He hasn’t stopped there, though, as he’s reportedly getting his body readier for the upcoming NBA season.
According to a report from Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com, Davis has been on a diet and exercise program this summer and has already gained “10 or 12 pounds.” The report also went on to say that Davis plans to put on at least five more pounds before the beginning of training camp.
Gaining weight and muscle is an enormous thing for Davis. Not only will it allow him to add some power to go along with his unbelievable length and solid skill-level, but it will also hopefully improve his durability. Davis missed 18 games last season from being dinged up throughout the season. However, if he’s able to get a better body and frame beneath him, that may not be as much of an issue.
It was clear that the youngster is well on his way to becoming a star in this league with what he showed last season. However, with the additions that New Orleans made to their roster this summer and the improvements that Davis is making to help his game, he could be a star sooner than expected.