By Andrew Pappas @AndrewPappas24 on August 8, 2014
Anthony Davis is one of the NBA's brightest budding stars. He is only 21 years old and the future is only getting better for this Kentucky product. His game does need work, though. Here are five categories that must improve if Davis is to reach his full potential and become elite.
This has been a criticism of Davis since his days at Kentucky. He is just too skinny to be a superstar big in the NBA. His slenderness prevents him from getting good post position, leading to contested shots, which we already know he struggles with. Putting on some weight would also help with his interior defense. He is a phenomenal shot blocker, but still gets bullied by the bruising bigs of the Western Conference.
Davis’ jumper has certainly improved since he got to the league, but he still struggles when closed out on. His jumper is lights out when shooting from the top of the key, but once he heads to the wing, he peculiarly struggles. Developing a more consistent jump shot will help all facets of his offensive game, especially his pick and roll efficiency.
Davis' offensive game has improved each season, but he still lacks a dominant go-to post move. We've seen guys like Dwight Howard fail year after year at developing a solid game on the block, but if Davis can find a way to do it, he will be unstoppable. With his length and skill, I'd think that he would be able to add this to his game at some point and for the Pelicans' sake, I hope it is sometime soon.
He's one of the best shot blockers in the league, but he still hasn't quite figured out this part of NBA defense yet. The point guard position is more skilled and athletic than ever before, which makes the big man defending the screener on pick and rolls painfully difficult. Davis needs to improve this part of his game and force the ball handler away from the paint to reset their offense. He can become an elite defender in the NBA.
I think being with Team USA this summer will help Davis with his attitude and leadership. Davis will never be the vocal leader that Kevin Garnett is, it's just not in his personality, but he can be a Kevin Durant or Derrick Rose type leader. Quiet but intense, silent but deadly. Whatever route Davis chooses for his leadership, he must be consistent and must make sure his teammates follow his lead. If that happens, New Orleans can be dangerous.
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