Former Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA: Just how good is Anthony Davis?

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Apr 6, 2014; Portland, OR, USA;Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) drives to the basket on New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the third quarter of the game at the Moda Center. The Blazers won the game 100-94. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

LaMarcus Aldridge

Aldridge has eight years on Davis when it comes to age, Aldridge being 29 and Davis 21. It starts to become difficult comparing players that are that far apart in age and experience. Aldridge has been in the league since 2006, and didn’t really break out into an elite player until the last 3-4 years. When you compare the numbers that both put up last season, they are very similar, Aldridge actually has an edge. However, compare the numbers of their first two years in the league, Davis pulls ahead.

Offensively: Tie

Like I said before, the numbers that Davis and Aldridge put up last year are very similar. Both were part of the 20 point 10 rebound club, both shot at a good percentage, and both have a reliant and efficient way of scoring. They each have a very reliable mid-range jump shot and the uncanny ability to slash and post up to the basket. Aldridge’s jump shot may be better, then Davis’ pick-and-roll ability is better. Davis may be able to run the floor and finish ally-oops better, but Aldridge is a stronger post presence. You go through every fundamental, and it keeps evening out. There’s really no way to decisively say that one is the better overall offensive player.

Defensively: Anthony Davis

Once again, I give Davis the edge on defense. It’s not by a lot though. In my opinion, numbers never lie, and Davis just puts up better defensive numbers than Aldridge. Considering that he did lead the league in blocks, it’s hard for anybody to match it. On the court, however, it’s a close battle. Both can see the floor very well and react on plays quickly. Davis’ athleticism and newfound strength help him pull away with the defensive edge; he’s now up to an impressive 240 pounds, considering that he weighed less than 220 when he came into the league, it’s a big improvement. That monstrous 7’8″ wingspan helps too.