Today during his weekly online chat, ESPN NBA guru Chad Ford heaped more praise on Anthony Davis after his near triple double last night. The praise is great and all, but more interesting is Ford’s prediction that Davis could end up being “much better” than Marcus Camby, with whom Coach Calipari also compared the talented freshman in his postgame remarks:
Todd (Tn): Last night Anthony Davis most complete performance by any of the top prospects?
Chad Ford: 27 points, 15 rebounds, 7 blocks, 10-for-12 from the field is about as close as you get. I know some fans are concerned about his lack of strength and raw offensive abilities. But on the defensive end, he’ll be a monster at the next level. And … I think this is very important … he’s a good kid, a hard worker and plays with a great motor all the time. Very few big men have all of that. I think Marcus Camby is his floor. He could be much better than Camby because I think he can be a 4 at the next level.
Todd (Tn): The question of always production vs. potential is talked about every year but doesn’t Anthony Davis give you production+potential?
Chad Ford: Exactly. He currently leads all NCAA players in PER. It’s always great when the stats are confirming the scouting reports and in this case there’s a very strong correlation. Davis not only has all of the tools on paper of a No. 1 pick. He’s playing like one right now.
Ford’s chat also includes his thoughts on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, whom he could see returning for his sophomore season (insert giddy school girl clapping here).
What do you make of Ford’s remarks? If Marcus Camby is Davis’ “floor,” will any of us even be able to see his ceiling?