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Davis, Cousins Tabbed As Rising NBA Centers



Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins on the surface appear to be polar opposites. One a skinny, long armed, pogo stick with a game-changing defensive presence, and the other a quick-footed behemoth with offensive skills not normally found in a player of his size. Cousins’ is never one to hide his emotions on the court while Davis is more stoic and even keeled, but even with their differences what they have in common is the potential to both become elite level Centers in the NBA.

Despite what others may think of Demarcus Cousins, you can’t deny the fact that he averaged 17.1 PPG and 9.9 RPG at the age of 22. His efficiency rating of 20.1 ranked 25th best in the entire NBA, a mere half point behind perennial All-Stars Kevin Love and Marc Gasol. Anthony Davis was the only rookie in the Top 50 of the NBA effiency rankings and averaged 13.5 PPG and 8.2 RPG while recording nearly 2 blocks a game. All that after a summer winning a Gold Medal at the Olympics and winning the NCAA Player of the Year. Needless to say the basketball world is starting to take notice, and over at ESPN the 2 Kentucky alumni both came up in the question of “Who will be the best C in the NBA in 5 years?”:


Feldman: Anthony Davis, who will develop into more of a center than a power forward as he gets bigger and the league shifts smaller. Howard will be 32 — hardly disqualifying, but I just can’t trust a player so big to remain healthy at that age. Davis is slightly more advanced than Drummond right now, and though some of that might be more Lawrence Frank’s fault than Drummond’s, it’s enough to give Davis the edge in a close three-way race with Howard and Drummond.

Jackson:DeMarcus Cousins. His attitude alone makes me second-guess this pick, but his size and skill set just can’t be denied. His shot selection and desire both need to improve, but he has all the tools to be dominant in this league.


Mr. Jack Winter seems to believe that Anthony Davis is the most promising young center in the NBA :


Winter:Anthony Davis. By trading Robin Lopez to Portland this offseason, New Orleans pushed all-in with playing its lanky, young big man in the middle. While Davis remains a far cry from his ideal playing weight, he looked considerably bigger at Team USA training camp last month. No matter where the Pelicans play him going forward, Davis will star as a transcendent piece on both ends of the floor.


If I had a choice I would choose Anthony Davis, although it would be close. Both will be high caliber NBA players for quite a while but I see Davis’ situation with the Pelicans more beneficial for his career than whatever has been going on in Sacramento for the last couple of years. The Pelicans got Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans in the offseason to compliment Eric Gordon, and with a stretch PF in Ryan Anderson spacing the floor Davis will be able to do what he does best: dunk, rebound, and block shots. Not to mention the smoot mid-range game he showed off at Team USA minicamp.

Article written by Will Totten

Born in Indiana and raised in Louisville, I am the unlikeliest UK fan.

10 Comments for Davis, Cousins Tabbed As Rising NBA Centers

  1. duh
    4:09 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Totten, have you still been sniffing Johnny Football’s jockstrap?

  2. Lazy Saturday
    4:10 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Ughhh. I’m ready for a YAHTZEE!!!

  3. MrJoeSmoot
    4:12 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    he said smoot…

  4. EK
    5:03 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Two of the BEST PLAYERS to ever put the BLUE and WHITE!! Both will be on TEAM USA!! Both will be ALLSTARS!! GO CATS!!

  5. A little past history
    5:29 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    And yet this is what Fat Jones used to think of Calapari:
    Matt Jones Says:
    April 6th, 2008 at 12:01 am
    All the while running one of the dirtiest programs in America….

    Matt Jones Says:
    April 6th, 2008 at 12:57 am
    “I am not going to make a post on the subject. But travel in recruiting circles and you won’t find anyone who thinks that program is clean. You are free to have any feeling about Calipari u wish but I am not a fan of his tactics on building a program.”

    “You just knew it was gonna happen deep down. Karma is a weird thing and it strikes at weird times and you just couldnt imagine that Memphis would really be allowed to win a national title. With a team full of players that had run-ins with the authorities, after the fight earlier this season at UAB, after their constant problems with free throw shooting and Coach Calipari’s mocking of it as an issue and the coach’s less than stellar reputation with the NCAA, you just HAD to think that it would catch up with them.”

    “As for Memphis, you just knew this would happen. All year, they have laughed in the face of those who said you didnt need to hit free throws to win, and it was those free throws that lost the game. I make jokes about this Memphis team and I do have some problems with how Calipari runs his program

  6. Matt Jones
    5:29 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    I like dude booty.

  7. guindage
    6:10 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Ant Davis is a PF, not a center. 4 of the 5 on ESPN’s 5-on-5 chose Ant Davis as the most promising PF in the league.

  8. guindage
    6:11 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    an excerpt from

    4. Who’s the most promising power forward in the NBA?

    Christensen: Anthony Davis. Playing for New Orleans, it is easy to fly under the radar, but Davis had a very decent rookie season. He averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals. He still has to get stronger and develop his post game, but he will definitely be one the best power forwards in the NBA in seasons to come.

    Levy: Anthony Davis. His promise is covered with the brightly patterned paper of defensive dominance and wrapped with a ribbon of supreme athleticism. Any frontcourt player who can single-handedly control the paint on defense will always find NBA success, and Davis can be that a thousand times over, to say nothing of his untapped potential at the offensive end.

    Polk: Anthony Davis. At age 19, just two years removed from high school, battling injury and with very little refinement in his game, Davis still managed to be a relatively efficient NBA scorer and rebounder. And with that serpentine body and the ridiculous things he can do athletically, Davis has the potential to be a crushing defender.

    Shelburne: Blake Griffin. That sounds like a strange answer for a guy whose made the All-Star team in his first three years in the league, but as Chris Paul noted the other day, Griffin is still far from reaching his ceiling as an NBA player. As talented as he is, Griffin is still working to improve his midrange game, timing with the pick-and-roll and defense. At best, he projects to a Karl Malone-type player. At worst, he’s Shawn Kemp.

    White: Anthony Davis. This is a somewhat circumstantial answer, as the Pelicans could easily move Davis to center full time if his body fills out. However, given that Davis played most of his minutes at power forward last season, I’ll give him the label of most promising at this position. He displays a preternatural sense of timing on defense, which, when combined with his tremendous length, makes him a shot-blocking terror and overall menace at that end.

  9. thrashitup
    6:25 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    7/8 – Thanks for posting. Better read than the blog post

  10. TheVillain
    7:04 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    5 years from now? Hmmm… dont forget about Nerlens Noel. Wildcats are gonna have All-Stars at every position in the NBA, Post-Gillispie era is so exciting!!!

    And to #5 – Stop Trolling!