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.