Former Kentucky Wildcat and current New Orleans Pelican forward Anthony Davis is basically a video game character. At least that’s what Washington Wizards center Nene thinks.
Davis finished with 20 points and four blocks last Saturday night against Nene’s Brazil squad in a friendly before the FIBA World Cup of Basketball begins later this month. Nene was front and center for Davis’ performance and had this to say after the game:
“He looked like Dhalsim,” Nene told Steve Aschburner of NBA.com. Who? “Dhalsim. The street fighter. Like a cartoon. With both hands. He was catching everything.”
Now if you’re like me and played the Street Fighter games sparingly as a kid (or not at all), you’ll see that Nene’s comparison isn’t that far off, although it is an interesting one. According to the good ‘ol Wikipedia, Dhalism’s “fighting style is a Yoga-based style, in which Dhalsim can stretch his arms, legs, abdomen and even his neck to great lengths.”
Davis’ 7-foot-5 wingspan was on full display last Saturday during the exhibition. At one point during the first quarter, he caught and finished an alley-oop pass from Klay Thompson that only him and maybe a few others could get to. (Davis’ full highlights from the game)
Davis is a popular pick to be the breakout star for Team USA during this month’s FIBA World Cup and is expected to become one of the game’s elite players. He’s been working on a corner three-point shot to add to an already devastating pick-and-roll game and his superb shot-blocking on the defensive end. And to be honest, a lot of folks around the league still aren’t sure what exactly he’s going to be, which is a scary thought.
Maybe Nene is on to something.