I think/hope Davis will come around. Seeing him play in person at the NBA level, however, I'm surprised at how average his height appears and how thin he is, comparatively speaking. David and Anderson look to be almost exactly the same height. Before this season began, some had suggested Davis might become an NBA center. But - assuming Davis is finished growing - I don't see how that's ever going to be possible. Davis has to find his game, and fortunately, with this throw-away season, he still has time to do that. It would be nice to see him develop as many predicted into a Kevin Garnett-style player. But that will require a lot more mental toughness and tenacity than we've seen him exhibit so far. Bottom line is the jury's still out, but we Hornets fans are hungry for a winner and we'll all be rooting for him.
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In the NO Podcast Episode 119: Unproductive Davis and Seeking Redemption
Ryan and Michael worry about Anthony Davis’s production and the fact he’s been the fourth best big man on this team for a few games now. They also talk Hawks and Raptors, covering some trade targets from the former team and talking trash about Rudy Gay on the second. Okay, I’m doing that. Then Ryan tries for some redemption in the All-Star Pick-em Draft after getting absolutely crushed in the Classic Hornets team Draft. We talk Rondo, Westbrook, Michael is forced to build the most hated team ever, and finally we get to the Detroit and Portland games. Michael again targets various players for trade/free agency. Good stuff as always!
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Hey gerry V i took your advise and focused on just 3 players during the game against the raptors. And i have to say that evaluating players individually makes the team look completly different. One guy i did pay attention to was Vasquez and although his stats are good he just cant stay infront of guys on the D, and on top of that it didn't look like he was communicating on D but on the offense he reminded me of CP3 yelling at everyone. His troubles of staying infront contribute to the bigs not being ab;e to run the floor after a rebound the team collapsed evry time Vasquez man got buy and the team came up court running another half court O. And AD looks like he is just tired. Remember he is 19, traveling, has alot of money, doesn't know when to sleep or stay up yet, and he was playing 30 min plus. Think about all the times you stayed up at 19-20 and went to work the next day!!!!
I hope Davis and Rivers get in the gym this summer w/ Lebron and just learn, learn, learn. Davis has a boatload of big men to learn from. Rivers has some guards to learn under. Lebron could get'em in that weightroom and beast it.
If you listen to previous podcast ( and the most recent one i did with the guys) I break dwon what i see as the recent slippage in certain areas of Anthony Davis and his performance...i explain the(+) and the (-) of his game....this is the part of the season where a rookie confronts a new set of 'mental requirements'..dealing with fatigue,strength factor and experienced players figuring out your game..."the wall" can be a factor...plus being a #1 Pick makes you a favorite target of the " show me what ya got " opponent......he will adapt......
Anthony Davis is going to have peaks and troughs, like any other rookie. If there's a negative trend to end this season, I'll start to worry, but I think he'll turn it around. I do think Monty should be more responsive to his playing time when he's playing well, which hasn't been recent. But if he's disrupting and getting to the rim, let him play extended minutes so he builds his confidence.
I can't remember a Hornets win or even a close game when Davis was on the floor during crunch time in the fourth quarter. It must be discouraging to be on a crappy team sitting on the bench watching Jason Smith when the game is on the line. I can't understand for the life of me why Monty does this. If Davis doesn't develop into the star everyone thinks he will be then the Hornets/Pelicans will never be an elite team and Monty will lose his job. I just don't understand why Davis is not playing during the 4th quarter of tight games.
Let me just add, I meant 'suck it up' not so much as implying a dereliction of duty, more just be willing to risk potential bad juju from dogging the franchises best hope for the next decade. Questioning that seriously requires a reappraisal of all we thought we knew.
I was coming here expressly to ask when one of your writers was finally going to suck it up and compare Davis' plusses and minuses. I think his season has been a disappointment by any rational measure. That doesn't have to be a long term reality, buy that odd what we have right now. His effort level is seemingly...low. I would not have ever thought that to be the case. Makes me wonder if there isn't some sort of bad vibe in that locker room. We have a chasm between guys with effort (greivus, Lopez....rivers) and guys with ability (Davis, Gordon, aminu). It isn't cut and dried, aminu has been playing much better lately, but still. As a note...I like Monty (always nice on the 700 Club) but he needs to ditch rolling on the players in the press. It was funny, but it starting to worry me.