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Anthony Davis’ Contributions to Team USA Could be Unprecedented


Since allowing NBA players to represent the United States Olympic team, only two players prior to Anthony Davis have played on the squad without ever playing in an NBA game: Christian Laettner in 1992 and Emeka Okafur in 2004. Although both players sat at the end of the bench, Laettner got to see the floor due to so many blowouts in ’92 and averaged 4.8 ppg. Okafur did not score a single point in two games played in 2004. With the production that Anthony Davis has shown in two exhibition appearances, it’s likely that he could contribute to this team like no other player with a lack of NBA experience ever has for Team USA, if he is given the opportunity to do so (ehem, Coach K). When you also consider that Davis has played only one year in college compared to Laettner’s four years and Okafur’s three years, simply his presence on the roster is unprecedented. The stats below speak for themselves, and include significant first half minutes against Great Britain. Davis is 5th on the team in scoring average and even seventh on the team in total points, despite only playing in 23 total minutes. 


UPDATE: CLICK HERE for the current live stream of USA vs Argentina.

Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

24 Comments for Anthony Davis’ Contributions to Team USA Could be Unprecedented

  1. roland
    4:45 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    tried to post the streaming link in the other post on USA game but blocked. anyway that stream breaks up here. another link in another lingo but better stream:–live-stream-online.html

  2. Areuserious
    5:12 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    Only at Uk would we beleive such lol. Those numbers are so skewed.

  3. #Rise
    5:20 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    Davis will only get to play if we are blowing a team out. It wouldn’t suprise me if he didn’t even play one minute once Olympics actually start. His numbers are skewed with garbage minutes. Even the other teams has their bench in when Davis is in.

  4. #Rise
    5:21 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    Also team USA shoots way too many 3s. Most athletic team and they settle for deep jumpers. Gotta love that Duke basketball coaching scheme

  5. So, What is Your Point?
    5:23 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    #3-Your point is exactly what? Do you even have one? Aside from poor grammar, what are you saying? That Davis is a non-factor on the team? I wish you would think before you post, or better yet, don’t post at all.

  6. SeoulCat
    5:24 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    Team USA looks awful…absolutely awful. Dead. No rhythm. No fire. Sloppy and lackadaisical. Had this team played Spain today, they’d have lost by 5-10 pts. ’92 Dream Team would beat them by 30.

  7. UK Homer
    5:31 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    How did Laettner and Okafor do in exhibition games? Way to go AD! Get that experience!

  8. Smyrna_Cat
    5:32 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    hyperbole ….

  9. #Rise
    5:34 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    5) Sorry chief of grammar place. Didn’t realize I was doing a homework assignment. My point is he isn’t going to get playing time. What is your point posting about grammar on a sports blog? Douche

  10. #Rise
    5:37 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    7) I agree. The experience he will obtain playing with the best will be very valuable to his rookie season.

  11. Tebkats
    5:39 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    Hard for me to believe that AD couldn’t do better than what Chandler and Love have shown. Here’s betting K never gives me a chance.

  12. Roland
    5:41 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    USA 86 – direct tv 81

  13. Catfan
    5:54 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    Davis LEADS the team in point production per minutes played.

  14. Donnie
    6:04 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    I agree 5. Is a total douche bag

  15. louisvillelaw22
    6:37 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    Got their second taste of good international competition today. People keep forgetting that these international teams train together for much longer periods than Team USA, and have played together for ten plus years. It shouldn’t shock people when one of these good teams gives us a run for our money.

  16. Smyrna_Cat
    6:47 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    It is awesome that Davis is on the team. That in and of itself is amazing. Lets leave it at that.

  17. Slippy
    7:32 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    It’s Okafor.

  18. s67
    9:48 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    just wanna say how much nonsense it is that NIKE is not selling an anthony davis team USA jersey.. marketshare? bbn is marketshare!

  19. Billie Clyde
    10:48 pm July 22, 2012 Permalink

    Careful 13, this isn’t the USA Anthony Davis’s!!

  20. Rick
    4:31 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    Davis Rocks. USA!

  21. Rick
    4:32 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    #18 Agree!

  22. blueneck
    10:42 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    I think that’s too much talk about PPG when he has only played in 2 of 3 games (prior to Argentina). While 20 points in 23 mins is nice, only 4 rebs isn’t that great since that’s what they need of him (and defense).

  23. Will S
    11:08 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    These stats are really cute. I wonder what the team stats will be once the Olympics are finished and we stop playing the Dominican Republic’s of the world.

    Remember, the 2012 Olympics are all about Anthony Davis and Kentucky…. forget the USA. Everything revolves around UK, AD, and BBN.

  24. Will S
    11:10 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    Hold up… I just read that AD was a DNP-CD vs. Argentina. So technically, his stats will not be affected by actually playing in only 2 of 4 games. These PPG totals are sooooooo accurate and not skewed in the least!

    Seriously though, it would be nice to see KSR focus on the actual Olympic team and the players that play, rather than making this an Anthony Davis circus.