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Count LeBron among those impressed with Anthony Davis

Oct 28, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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We all knew Anthony Davis was potentially a very special player — some scouts graded him out as the best player in years, better than Blake Griffin or a host of other recent No. 1 overall picks. But he was supposed to be a bit of a project on offense, a guy with potential that would take a little while to find how to put up points at the NBA level.

No, he can do that now. All preseason long he has put up big numbers.

That includes 24 points (and 11 rebounds) against the Heat. Yes, it’s the preseason, but 24 and 11 is still 24 and 11. Do that as a rookie and you turn heads.

He’s turned LeBron James’ head. LeBron bonded with him as part of Team USA at the London Olympics and after the Hornets played the Heat this preseason LeBron was filled with praise. Via ESPN.com:

“He’s going to be a heck of a player,” James said, who finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists in Miami’s final preseason game. “He showed it tonight.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra compared Davis to Tim Duncan (something a number of scouts did as well, because of the all-around game both possess). Spoelstra also told a story that summed up why Davis is special.

During the 2010 lockout, Spoelstra had more time on his hands than he knew what to do with, so he set out to visit (Kentucky coach John) Calipari and attend one of his practices in Lexington. Spoelstra had heard the hype about a 6-10 phenom freshman named Anthony Davis so he kept his eye out for a bruiser underneath the rim.

Spoelstra couldn’t find him so a scout who sat behind Spoelstra had to point Davis out. It was the guy who was bringing the ball up and down the court.

“That’s him?” a stunned Spoelstra asked. “Obviously, I was really impressed,” Spoelstra recalled before Friday’s game. “He’s very, very, very skilled. You noticed that right away.”

Davis is going to have a very good rookie season. Maybe a Rookie of the Year season. But in three or four years he will be a force of nature and one that will lift the Hornets up high in the West.

  1. raidmagic - Oct 28, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Davis is going to have a very good rookie season. Maybe a Rookie of the Year season. But in three or four years he will be a force of nature and one that will lift the Hornets up high in the West.

    At which point he will force his way out of town to a big market so he can maximize his earning potential

    • eventhorizon04 - Oct 29, 2012 at 3:17 AM

      Unless he truly is Tim Duncan 2.0 and stays with his small-market team that drafted him, of course.

  2. claymatthewshairplugs - Oct 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Wow Tim Duncan huh? that’s some big shoes to fill

  3. thomaskouns - Oct 28, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    The media can get too fixated on scoring at times – it is a two way game after all.

    Davis will be much better than Blake G. who if you read scouting reports is considered an average at best defender and has developed little offensive game and instead falls back on his tremendous arhelticism.

    Davis by all accounts has a tremedous work ethic that will eventually vault him to be one of the best players in the league with time.

    • bougin89 - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      I agree Blake Griffin has a long way to go to be considered good defensively but his offensive game is coming along nicely, especially his footwork with his back to the basket. Also, why wouldn’t Blake use his athleticism to his full advantage? That’s like saying “If Lebron wasn’t freakishly big and athletic he would only be good instead of one of the best ever”.

  4. money2long - Oct 28, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    davis is skilled. bruiser though? he looks like the type to GET bruised only because of his body type. but KG and durant seem to make a good living in the nba. why? because they have superior skill at their position. and davis does too. but bruiser? that term should be given to guys like cousins, al jefferson, bogut, bynum…but not to a guy who paul pierce outweighs. i’d give the bruiser title to melo before him. but that shouldn’t take away from anything he will bring to the game. i just questioned the term bruiser.

    • money2long - Oct 28, 2012 at 9:09 PM

      perhaps he was just looking for one.

  5. dal24la - Oct 28, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    “But he was supposed to be a bit of a project on offense, a guy with potential that would take a little while to find how to put up points at the NBA level.
    No, he can do that now. All preseason long he has put up big numbers.

    That includes 24 points (and 11 rebounds) against the Heat. ”

    I watched most of this game and he got at least half of his points off putbacks. But regardless he’s not going to be a project on offense- he does have a decent mid range shot.

  6. vstyle23 - Oct 28, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    He’s gonna be so much better than D Howard, watch

  7. klownboy - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Poor MJ. He hoped by his Bobcats tanking he would have landed Davis lol…

    • scalfor3 - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      He’s Michael freakin Jordan. I think he’ll live

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