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Anthony Davis has looked impressive this preseason

Oct 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Dirk Nowitzki, Anthony Davis AP

This post starts with a caveat: Don’t read too much into the preseason. Starters sit or play limited minutes while guys who will be in the D-League or Europe in a few weeks get serious run.

That said… damn Anthony Davis has looked good.

Through two games he has 46 points on 20-of-37 shooting (54 percent) for the Pelicans. He was one of the standouts out of the Team USA mini-camp in Las Vegas this summer and has carried over a growing, expanded game to the start of the preseason.

What’s more interesting is he’s getting those points — by attacking the rim off the dribble.

Sure, he still gets buckets because he’s long and moves well off the ball, and yes he’s starting to develop a jumper, but that’s a work in progress. But he’s attacking. Monday against Dallas he was 0-5 from outside the paint and 11-14 in it. He’s making a quick decision to attacking off the dribble, where his length and quickness make him very tough to stop. Henry Abbot broke the same thing down after his first preseason game against Houston.

Davis didn’t hit all night with his jumper, but on the drive he barely missed, hitting a couple of floaters, a memorable reverse and an old-fashioned running layup. Those made floaters — high-skill shots — can serve as the latest in a series of hints that Davis has a soft touch worth developing.

When Davis came into the league he was seen as an offensive project. His defense was going to come along quickly but it would take a few years for his offense to catch up. Well, after a rookie season where injuries nagged him it looks like it’s starting to catch up (at least somewhat, note the preseason caveat). He’s got a ways to go (that jumper, for example) but you can see the improvement.

If the Pelicans’ gambles this summer — Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans — are going to pan out it will be in part because Davis makes the leap. That’s started.

  1. MyTeamsAllStink - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    I love his game.He’s long agile and aggressive in the paint.Now can we do something about that darned unibrow…..

    • 00maltliquor - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      The unibrow stays! That’s part of his marketing and brand. LOL

  2. antistratfordian - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    PBT on preseason Anthony Davis: “Don’t read too much into the preseason.”

    PBT on preseason Derrick Rose: “If there’s one thing we learned in this exhibition, it’s that Rose will be all the way back and then some this season.”

  3. scottheis82 - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Wow a rational post from anti.

  4. 00maltliquor - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    After a year gone by, summer league, and now preseason, who would you take with the #1 if you could do it all over again, Anthony Davis or Andre Drummond? It seems like Drummond’s getting more press/hype/praise, that’s why I ask. For me, I’m still going Davis.

    Thumbs up for Davis. Down for Drummond.

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      As a Lakers fan… I’d take either! lol!

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