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The stat nerds love Anthony Davis, too

College basketball numbers guru Ken Pomeroy chooses his own Player of the Year based on his Rube Goldberg Machine of a statistical formula, and he published his first rankings earlier today. As it turns out, it’s not just people that are mesmerized by the Anthony Davis show…it’s the numbers, as well. Davis ranks 5th in the initial kPOY rankings behind a couple of the same people that sit in front of him in most of the more traditional POY trackers, along with a couple of guys that the numbers just seem to like. Thomas Robinson and Jared Sullinger are at the top of the list, followed by Michigan State’s Draymond Green and Virginia’s Mike Scott. It’s hard to argue with Robinson and Sullinger, but Green and Scott aren’t exactly having traditional POY seasons. Then again, that’s kind of the point of KenPom’s rankings. It’s not a perfect formula, just another way to look at who is the best player in the country. Here’s what he said about Davis:

5. Anthony Davis, Kentucky (.422): The only freshman on the list, Davis is here mostly due to his defense, but he’s not one dimensional. He’s making 69% of his two-point attempts while rarely turning the ball over.

As his offensive game improves, which it’s done over the last two weeks, so does his standing in the POY race. Defensively he’s already the best player in the country and as he does more on the offensive end he’ll continue to climb the ladder, and the numbers will love him even more, too. And if they don’t? Well, screw ’em. Math is evil anyway.

[The 2012 kPOY watch list]

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

16 Comments for The stat nerds love Anthony Davis, too



  1. mike
    9:34 pm January 20, 2012 Permalink

    first bitches!!



  2. Bigcat4453
    9:40 pm January 20, 2012 Permalink

    Bad news for UNC’s Strickland. Torn ACL out for rest of season!



  3. Jimmy
    9:42 pm January 20, 2012 Permalink

    he should be 2 behind TR, he is playing better than sully, I say bulllllllllll shitttttttt!!!!!!!!



  4. Jimmy Dykes
    9:50 pm January 20, 2012 Permalink

    Davis istwice as good as Robinson or Sullinger. You don’t have to average 19 ppg to be the best player in the country. It really isn’t even close.



  5. BigBlueSkyDog
    9:57 pm January 20, 2012 Permalink

    Davis has been a true joy to watch. MKG gets props for his hustle and desire but AD is no slouch either. I had the opportunity to see him at Rupp and he is even more impressive in person. By the end of March, Davis will leave no doubt that he is the POY.



  6. Kenny
    10:05 pm January 20, 2012 Permalink

    New erupption zone cheer… After each block.
    Not very original….
    sssssswaat
    Start quiet on the esses’ and build really loud before
    before hitting the” waattt” really hard . Almost like a growl.
    I’m old. Don’t beat me up…lol
    2011-2012 Swat team



  7. Thankful
    10:09 pm January 20, 2012 Permalink

    Outside of a minor injury to Davis, Cal has not had a major injury to a decent player since he has been here. Lucky.



  8. Thankful
    10:10 pm January 20, 2012 Permalink

    meant injury to Jones, not Davis.



  9. NKY_UK_fan
    10:11 pm January 20, 2012 Permalink

    Looking for some tickets to tomorrow’s game. Preferably lower level if possible. My wife and I are UK alums (2003) and haven’t been to a game together in awhile. Anyone know of any besides the ridiculous prices on stubhub and eBay? Thanks. Go Cats!



  10. Coach P.
    10:14 pm January 20, 2012 Permalink

    I injured five players this year, a fetus in 2003, and the Big East forever. And I don’t get even :15 of thanks.



  11. No shit
    10:21 pm January 20, 2012 Permalink

    No shit



  12. BPsycho
    11:24 pm January 20, 2012 Permalink

    #10 Lol



  13. Blue Warrior
    11:59 pm January 20, 2012 Permalink

    the Wildcat mascot need to dress in full S.W.A.T gear.



  14. So
    11:59 pm January 20, 2012 Permalink

    I love my Cats and they will still improve by march. Ad is a freak athlete. Tht kid can do anything I love watching him play because the way he hustles on defense and his offensive ability. All of my friends tht like loserville tlk very highly of him. I think he is the best player in the country cause if he wanted 20 points a game by all means he would/could get it



  15. Keepingitreal
    8:23 am January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Davis is the best player in the country, hands down. He is also one ugly sob, which helps him on the defenisve end of the court. Yikes.



  16. Nuffsaid
    9:34 am January 21, 2012 Permalink

    He is national player of the year at this point of the season. Hope he is even better by seasons end.