Is the Kentucky Wildcat’s Anthony Davis the “next” Kevin Garnett?

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Feb 15, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Anthony Davis (23) during practice at Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

I have to admit that I have heard Anthony Davis referred to as being similar to Marcus Camby, but the next Kevin Garnett? That is high praise, indeed. But what makes Anthony Davis so good at blocking shots? Jordan Schultz breaks it down:

Aside from his incredible length and dexterity, what has made Davis so effective as a shot blocker is his impeccable timing. Many young rim protectors (see Syracuse’s Fab Melo, for example), have the tendency to swat down balls, as opposed to positioning straight up until the shooter releases the ball. This is an almost automatic foul and the classic example of an offensive player using a shot-blocker’s size against him.

But Davis, in blocking 127 shots already this season, has displayed an uncanny ability to stay on his feet until the shooter is absolutely committed to the shot As a result, he has proven to be both a superb help defender and equally dominant on the ball. With his guard-like agility, Davis is also terrific hedging high ball screens and shows the willingness to recover to his original man.

No matter if you compare him to Camby and Garnett, everyone can agree that he will be the number one pick.

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  • James Streble

    I heard a sports talk show comparing Davis to Abdul-Jabar. I’m a huge Davis fan, obviously, but Jabar is high praise. But, people are expecting a lot out of him as a pro.