There are lots of threads and discussions about how good Anthony Davis can be. These debates are about his ceiling and what skills he will or won't develop in the future. I want to talk about how good is he now. With these skills. Yes, it is probably too soon to get a picture because the kid has played all of 3 games. But there are hints that people need to recognize that the future may be now. He may already be dominate.
Here are his Per 36 stats - 23 points, 11 rebounds, 3.6 blocks and 1.8 steals. He is shooting 53% from the field but since he gets to the line a decent amount and converts there, his TS% is a nice 60%. He is using 27% of his teams plays when on the court, so he is definitely a go to guy even if he doesn't seem to have traditional go to things like tons of post moves. Very few players ever have usage rates over 30%, so you can't say he isn't impacting the game on the offensive end in a huge way.
Two stats that don't often get mentioned are turnovers and fouls. He's averaging about 1 of each. To only turn the ball over 1 time per 36 minutes is crazy low for a guy scoring and using plays as much as Davis is. This is obviously because Davis is generally shooting it when he gets it. So far he is only averaging 1 assist per game as well. He's definitely a finisher and not creating for others and the lack of passing is probably keeping his turnovers low. But if he keeps scoring like he is, then he doesn't need to pass much.
But getting back to the original question. If Davis keeps this up, with no further development over the course of this year, how good is he? Frankly, those numbers are All Star numbers to me. Over 5 blocks and steals combined per game and only 1 foul!!! That's crazy numbers. That's DOP of the year numbers. Then if he is an efficient 20-point scorer. Wow. That's franchise stuff right there. I'm not a fan of PER, but I should point out Davis's PER is 34.1, which is Jordan-eque.
Only three games, I know. I'm sure he will have a few stinkers and come down to earth. But what if he doesn't?
People use the term "the sky is the limit" very loosely, but when it comes to Anthony Davis the sky is actually the limit.
Well when you are the unanimous #1 draft pick should be up there
i think he will end up being caliparis best player ever. and a superstar at that. i can't stand calipari, but i give him a lot of credit hear. this guy has worlds of potential that we are already starting to see in his rookie year.
D Rose has something to say about that.
I liked the fact that he gets better when he gets angry. Against Charlotte Byron Mullens got in a tussle with him and it set Davis off. Definitely a good sign that he'll actualize a lot of his potential
poor austin rivers
Ah yes, Austin Rivers. On a per 36 minutes his stats are 6.8 point, 4.3 assists, 2,5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals (hey, that is about abeverage for a guard, his best catagory!). And he is shooting 22% from the field with a TS% of 30%. Only four games. Let's check back on him as the season goes along.
he has a very high upside. He seems to be perfect for the PF role in NBA.
i always believed in his jumpshot and 20ppg scorers potential, but even i am surprised what he was doing so far..
i mean for a guy who has wide wide shoulders but is so so skinny so far you just know that his weight difference between his rookie year and his prime will be like 30pounds..
for a PF who was a guard like 2-3yrs ago with that touch and footwork you just know he will be light years better post scorer in the future..
i mean, we all know he can and will be so so much more dominant but we still may not realize how much dominant because even at 225lbs even with out any consistant post move i can't see him scoring less than 15-16ppg this year, so he will be a force offensively for years and also don't underrate his playmaking it will come with time..
and just than we can start talking loudly about AD's potential to be like multiple DOP winner..there is no joke with this kid at all!
This guy truly has the potential to be an elite player. Finally, somebody who actually deserves the word elite. Guys these days throw that word around to liberally.
Yeah the reason I wanted to make a thread about this is because these are scary numbers. He isn't getting major minutes, so his "per game" stats aren't crazy. And he missed some games so there hasn't been a string of great games yet. But this board is partly about being ahead of the curve, right. So one has to wonder if this is just what Davis is going to do all year. In which case, he should be an All Star as a rookie. And yes, guys sometimes make All Star games as rookies, but Davis is putting up numbers that justify him as an All Star for both offense and defense. How scary is that?
Are we seeing what would have happened if Hakeem had come out of college after his freshman year? By the end of his junior year, everyone knew Hakeem was incredible and hence he went number 1, even over Jordan. But what if Hakeem came out as a Freshman? Knowing what I know now, I'd have taken him real early. But I wouldn't have expected Hakeem during his "sophmore" season to put up these sorts of numbers in the NBA.
Well just after I make a thread, Davis has a mediocre game against Houston. Though 2 steals and 3 blocks is sweet. Oh well, maybe he is coming back to earth. Or maybe it is just that Asik is one of the best paint defenders in the league.
The game looks easy for him, at times. He often gets buckets around the goal just from being in the right place and using his length and quickness. I think as his game continues to develop, he's a future 20/10 guy and a #1 pick that actually is a legitimate franchise player, not just a stat stuffer.
He is playing very well which I knew would happen. Per means nothing to me though because its a what if. What's most important is what he does in the minutes he plays and he is doing very well with that. If I'm not mistaken Jimmer has a per of 32 ppg is he plays 40min. Sergio Rodriguez is a guy who comes too mind who had a high per in sac town but once he got major minutes in NY his numbers didn't go up much.
The guy is looking an elite prospect and as said above what will happen when he adds like 20lbs as he naturally bulks up.NOH could well have found a franchise changer in him plus alongside Aminu they have lock down defenders at 3 and 4, when Gordon gets back they have a legit 20ppg guy, so the future for them now looks really good.
Davis has maybe the potential to be one of the very best players drafted in recent years, I'm not going to start comparing him to K-Love, D-Rose, Griffin etc but he has the ability to become a superstar in his own right.