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Kentucky’s Davis draws comparisons to Griffin, Garnett

May 3, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

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May 30 the NBA Draft Lottery will take place in a state the NBA has abandoned, but most of the time we will be calling the draw the “Anthony Davis Sweepstakes” because Kentucky big man will be the first guy taken in the draft.

This is a draft where GMs are saying there could be three to six future All-Stars and teams can get future rotation players into the 40s. This draft is deep. Of course, there will be busts and some GMs are going to hear the “how could you draft X over Y?” in a few years, but that’s part of the game.

However, there’s not much risk with Davis, who is long, defensive minded, hard working guy with handles and room to improve on offense. Look at the rave reviews some GMs gave Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated about Davis (hat tip to Crossover Chronicles):

One of the West general managers said Davis “is probably going to be better than Blake Griffin,” and his GM colleague upped the ante by saying he expects him to be better than 14-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett.

“There’s not one doubt in my mind that he’s going to be way better than Blake Griffin,” the second GM said. “I don’t even think it’s going to be close. I think he might end up being a little better than KG.

“He may be the quiet, humble [player] who’s not as great as Tim Duncan, but [he’ll be] that kind of a person, and maybe have the game to back it up. I don’t think he gets to that [Duncan] level, but he’s going to be pretty good.”

Lofty company. The floor for him seems to be a Marcus Camby like career, and if that’s the case that’s still not bad.

We will see if he can live up to it. Where Davis fits in to me is with Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant — the new class of NBA stars who tend to be humble, hard working, good people. Not egomaniacs. There will always be those in the NBA, but the new crop of stars seems to be more grounded. We’ll see how that plays out, too.

  1. Richard Phillips - May 3, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    I think the Garnett comparisons are the best. Athletic freak who can dominate a game in multiple ways. If his offense continues to improve, the sky is the limit.

    • pglive21 - May 3, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      Hopefully he only compares to Garnett as far his skills/athleticism go and leaves the cheap shots/douchebaggery at the door.

  2. AlohaMrHand - May 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    I can see him in his dorm now”please no Bobcats please no Bobcats “

    • dal24la - May 3, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      The team with the worst record RARELY gets the top pick and I know he is praying that doesn’t change this year.
      I’d be praying for No Bobcats, no wizards, no Raptors.

  3. khadeemw - May 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    I think the Blake Griffin and Kevin Garnett comparisons are off base. Blake Griffin is a bull that gets to the rim and has cat like quickness, but hes not a good shot blocker or shooter. The Kevin Garnett are off base because K.G is a total package. He can shoot, pass, post, hes a great screen setter, and was the focal point of a teams offense. Anthony Davis is a defensive monster, but hes not good at creating his own offense. I think will be a slightly more advanced and efficient version of Marcus Camby.

  4. thestudiokida - May 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    The Bobcats need him. We need something…. dark times for basketball in Charlotte.

    • cltjump - May 3, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      Bring back the Buzz.

    • slopmcflop - May 3, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      Him and Biyombo would be interesting. Then Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson. I mean, the talent is there, just gotta find some depth and coaching and maybe an owner who gives a sh*t.

  5. hwatt - May 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    he could be the one kid to bring unibrows back in style. or not… but man, that thing is fierce

    • thraiderskin - May 3, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      He better keep the Uni as well, not ever dude could pull that off, but I think it is his signature. Besides, it will make him the most recognizable NBA player in the league, provided he brings his A game.

  6. lakerluver - May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM


  7. mtheparrothead - May 3, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    I thought he was more comparable to Bert.

  8. rhetoric1 - May 3, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Wall + Nene + Davis.. oh my

  9. patfic15 - May 3, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Wall=Tyreke Evans 2.0

    • abchome - May 4, 2012 at 2:14 AM

      Tyreke Evans shoots much better and is much stronger.

  10. southpaw77 - May 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    What if he turns into Hasheem Thabeet?

  11. comeonnowguys - May 3, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Barkley’s right. The Brooklyn ball will magically turn up for him.

  12. elgorditodehumboldt - May 3, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    He was great at Kentucky, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot to me. Essentially he played on an all-star team against inferior competition night in and night out. How he will fare when paired with Gerald Henderson and DJ Augustine remains to be seen.

  13. jjordannba - May 3, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    NO OFFENSE, but he will not be KG at any point in his career. I do hope he does well though and he can become a franchise player. But they always compare players too quick you gotta see how they adjust to the NBA 1st. Like when they said John Wall could be the next Magic Johnson, uhhhhh………

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