The past two years for former Kentucky forward, Anthony Davis, have been an absolute whirlwind. You know the story; he was an unheralded guard who suddenly blew up overnight and caught the attention of blueblood programs around the nation. It didn’t end there; he shined at Kentucky while leading them to the promised land, took home nearly every single individual award possible, and even played alongside the world’s elite basketball players during the 2012 London Olympic Games. Oh yeah, he was drafted first overall and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting. Not too bad if I do say so myself. Of course, when you’re that good, comparisons are inevitable, and Davis has been compared to basketball royalty. He has been deemed similar to the likes of Marcus Camby, Tim Duncan, and even Bill Russell, but Dime Magazine has noted eerie similarities to one current NBA player known as KG.
In an article released yesterday afternoon, Dime writer, Kristofer Habbas, sifted through mounds of data and historical happenings and concluded that Anthony Davis and Kevin Garnett started their careers in a very similar situation. Quality of team played for, style of play, historical events, and statistics were all compared and the Brow and Big Ticket look strangely similar when all factors were considered. And even better news for Davis, if things remain similar to Garnett’s career path, he should be anticipating a spectacular sophomore season. The below chart, created by Habbas, shows exactly why Davis should be expecting big things.
As you can see, Davis averaged more points, rebounds, steals, and blocks than did Garnett as a rookie. He also shot a higher percentage from the field and free throw line. It’s not unreasonable to think that Davis won’t prosper this season as all players experience high levels of growth in their early years. While the sophomore slump sometimes bites, Davis should feel pretty comfortable in the long-term knowing he has history on his side.