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You can put Kevin Garnett in the Anthony Davis fan club

Jan 18, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

Anthony Davis, Jred Sullinger AP

Fans may not get how well No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis is playing this season.

For one, Damian Lillard gets all the rookie headlines, and he deserves them for his smooth offensive game and taking control of the Portland offense. Combine that with the fact Davis is an evolving offensive player — you can’t just throw him the ball in the post our out on the wing (or elbow) and expect him to blow your doors of in isolation — and he’s not a guy who grabs a lot of fans’eyes. Davis is scoring 12.3 points a game but it comes off being strong as the roll man (shooting 50.8 percent in that role), plus being smart making cuts in the offense. Those aren’t highlight plays.

But Kevin Garnett is a believer.

Here is what KG said to Jessica Camerato of CSNNE.com after the Celtics played the Hornets this week.

“That kid is long,” said Garnett. “I think he makes me look like a midget, man. … He’s a freak of nature. The kid’s going to be really good. The kid’s going to be really good.”

He is. Davis is not some lane-clogging big, as a rookie he gets the idea of efficiency and spacing. He rolls down the lane, he is developing a midrange game and he just plays smart.

You don’t draft an NBA player based on where their skill is at that moment but rather where they can and should be in three years. And in three years Davis will be the best player out of this draft class. You can see it developing, and so can Garnett.

  1. smoochytherhino - Jan 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    KG may be a fan right now, but when he’s on the court with him he’ll be comparing his wife/gf to cereal just like the rest of em.

    • badintent - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      Sure , KG’s vocabulary is on a grade 1 level, ceral, honey boo boo,ya mama,wife, hoe, freak, etc

      • dangernearing - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        Wow, you go “1st grade vocabulary” on him but misspell cereal? I guessed that’s a 2nd grade vocab word.

      • badintent - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        ahhhhhhhhhhh, the great spelling police. Bro, I got more going on than you can ever dream when I be blogging or snooping. so chill and know that KG can get a new gig as a movie horror monster when his playing days are over.

  2. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Lillard will win ROY but hardly anyone would trade Unibrow for him

  3. dko83 - Jan 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Love both of these guys. Pretty cool to hear KG say this stuff.

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