After they spent a day sending him a barrage of well-wishes on Twitter last year, it’s probably safe to say that Draft Express scout Jonathan Givony isn’t a huge fan of the Big Blue Nation. Luckily, though, his job isn’t to evaluate Kentucky’s fans. His job is to evaluate basketball players for the NBA draft, and his featured prospect this week is none other than future #1 pick Anthony Davis. The extended profile includes a ton of info on Davis’ game, including analysis of his usage and efficiency and even some things he needs to improve moving forward. It’s roughly 1,800 words long, so I’ll give you an excerpt of the conclusion about Davis and you can check out the rest for yourself:
With all his many strengths, possibly the most encouraging thing about Davis’ profile for a team holding the #1 overall pick is the way he approaches the game. Poised, mature and extremely even-keeled, he shows a terrific demeanor on the floor. He doesn’t let his emotions get the best of him even in pressure-packed situations, which is amazing considering his background and how little experience he has in these settings. He also has a very good understanding of the game for such a “raw” big man, making smart passes, executing well on both ends of the floor, and usually playing within himself.
All this, combined with his reportedly excellent work ethic and character, should give teams a lot of confidence about his ability to improve on his weaknesses over time. He appears to be the type of player others enjoy playing with or coaching and looks to be the type of competitor that’s willing to do whatever it takes to win games.
As unique a story as you’ll find in a #1 overall caliber prospect, Davis has taken the guess work out of the top of the 2012 NBA draft. While he surely has plenty of things to work on, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be anything less than a huge success in the NBA.
And that approach to the game, possibly even more than his freakish athleticism and ability to make spectacular plays, is what makes Davis so special. As good as he is as an individual, he is still a team-first player. He doesn’t complain about touches or his role, but instead just goes and plays that role at an elite level every time out. He also doesn’t seem to get frustrated when he makes a mistake or when teams come after him. What goes on between his ears is just as good as what goes on between his ridiculously long arms, and because of that he’s going to make some NBA GM very happy after the lottery balls fall their way. Until then, though, he still has some work left to help Kentucky get another championship banner for the rafters at Rupp.
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