Anthony Davis: Can the Kentucky Star Really Cut It with the U.S. Olympic Team?

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor IMay 10, 2012

Anthony Davis: Can the Kentucky Star Really Cut It with the U.S. Olympic Team?

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    Anthony Davis' name has been the talk of the town for just about the whole entire year. He will be the No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, which is not even debatable. Now people are wondering if he can compete on the U.S. Olympic team.

    Well, can he?

    I don't see why not. The U.S. Olympic team is very talented and expected to take home the gold every time, but Davis is also very talented.

    With that said, read on to see if Anthony Davis can really cut it with the U.S. Olympic Team. 

Reasons He Can

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    Anthony Davis is in absolute beast mode every time he is on the basketball court. 

    I honestly feel sorry for opposing players. Davis was able to block 4.7 shots per game in his rookie season. He also grabbed 10.4 boards a game and scored 14.2 points per game. 

    Keep in mind, that Davis was only a freshman this year and he was considered not only one of the best defensive players in the nation, but one of the best players overall as well. He also led the Kentucky Wildcats to a national championship. No big deal, a freshman is expected to do this. Not!

    The reason that Davis could be an Olympic athlete, though, is the fact that he can play multiple positions on both sides of the court.

    Davis also isn't the shortest player in the world at 6'10'', and the U.S. team could really use his size.

    What makes him most valuable to the Olympic team is his defensive abilities. Davis affected opposing teams like no other this past season. Just his presence in the paint alone caused other teams to be completely disrupted.  

Reasons He Can't

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    It's really hard to expect Anthony Davis to play alongside players like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Those are two of the best players in the NBA. 

    Anthony Davis may have been on Kentucky when it won the national championship and all, but a college national championship does not even compare to winning a gold medal in the Olympics.

    Davis may be good, but he is not Dwyane Wade or Chris Paul good, at least not yet.

    Not to mention, with Dwight Howard going down, the only position that the U.S. Olympic team really needs to replace is the center position. Davis does not have a good enough post game yet to compete in the Olympics at the center position. 

The Verdict

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    Anthony Davis would not be the best player on the U.S. Olympic team, but he would still be a good one. 

    I say Davis really does cut it with the U.S. Olympic team. Team USA is obviously amazing, but it could really use a defender like Anthony Davis.

    If you have watched Davis play at all this past season, then you know how special he really is. He won the Naismith Trophy, the NCAA national championship and he will be picked No. 1 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. 

    Davis is the real deal and he is good enough not only to play for the Olympic team, but to make a huge impact as well.


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