Anthony Davis: Analyzing Superstar Prospect's Weaknesses
There is a whole lot to like about Kentucky big man Anthony Davis; the inevitable No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft.
But we all know about how wonderful and potentially franchise-changing he is. What about his weaknesses? No prospect, not even Davis, is perfect. There have been a surprising amount of top draft picks who have flopped over the years.
Here's a look at Davis' weaknesses (albeit few) heading into the 2012 NBA draft.
Must Add Strength
Anthony Davis may have been a center in college, but he likely won't be in the NBA. He currently measures at 6'11", 222 pounds. Sure, he's tall enough, and he has great length (7'4" wingspan), but this ain't college basketball; this is the big and bad NBA. Nobody is expecting Davis to be a center in the NBA (he'll most likely settle in at power forward), but, still, 222 pounds is pretty skinny for a big man. He needs to add bulk and muscle to avoid getting pushed around in the paint.
Needs To Improve Post Game
Davis may be drawing comparisons to Tim Duncan based on his defense and shot-blocking ability, but the comparisons go out the window when you compare their post games. Davis just played one year of college ball, remember. He's still learning different post moves, how to be patient and how to pass out of the block. Given his length and sheer athleticism, he doesn't need an overly-complicated post move like a sky hook, but he needs to develop some basic post moves to be a more complete player.
Needs To Develop Better Mid-Range Game
What is Anthony Davis' biggest weakness?
Davis can certainly knock down the wide-open mid-range jumper, but he is inconsistent from the perimeter. He needs to work on a more fluid release, and he doesn't get set before he shoots all the time. Beyond that, his face-up game needs some work. He's not as effective unless he has his back to the basket. This can certainly be improved, however, and isn't a big concern.
Again, this is nit-picking the unquestioned top talent in the draft. With what Davis has at his repertoire right now, he could star in no time. But he does need to work on his game a bit before we can crown him, as does any prospect. In all, Davis is superb prospect who figures to be an All-Star multiple times down the line, as long as he stays driven.
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