Anthony Davis: Adjustments Kentucky Star Will Have to Make in NBA

Alex KayCorrespondent IJune 25, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 02:  Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats grabs the ball next to Jeff Withey #5 of the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half in the National Championship Game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 2, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Barring an insane and unforeseen circumstance, Anthony Davis is going to be the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA draft.

The Kentucky superstar was the most dominant college player during the 2011-12 season and easily led the Wildcats to the national championship. Now he’s going to make the jump to the NBA and tackle plenty of new challenges.

If Davis wants to succeed at the next level, here are some changes he must make in order to continue thriving.


Bulk Up

Davis has the height to play PF or C at 6’11”, but he’s got to add significant muscle to his lanky 220-pound frame.

There are tons of powerful bigs in the NBA that will straight up outmuscle Davis at this point, which would negate his extreme athleticism on both ends of the floor.

It goes without saying that Davis must spend a lot of time in the weight room this summer in order to fill his frame out and prepare to bang in the low post.


Develop Offensive Game

Outside of easy dunks, layups and putbacks, Davis doesn’t have a great offensive repertoire, especially in the post.

That isn’t a huge deal for a 19-year-old, as there is plenty of room for him to develop that aspect of the game.

If he can add a few different moves and counters for when he receives an entry pass down low, coupled with his solid ball-handling and decent jumper, Davis will be an all-around force.



It goes without saying that a big man that will eventually command a double-team will need to learn to pass at a high level to be a great player.

If Davis is able to draw multiple defenders towards him when he receives the rock, he’ll need to have the vision and patience to kick it out to the open shooter or find a cutter for easy buckets.

Should he be able to develop this skill, Davis is going to put up a lot of assists per game.