Michael Lee over at The Vertical asks the question: Is Anthony Davis on course to be Kevin Garnett 2.0?
And by that, he means, a great big man who is wasting his prime on a very, very bad team. It’s a fair comparison, unfortunately:
The Pelicans are in danger of turning Davis into Kevin Garnett 2.0 — another generational big man whose franchise could never quite find the right supporting cast and left a magnificent player mired in mediocrity until he got traded much too late. Davis, 23, doesn’t have Garnett’s crazy but is already showing incredible patience and loyalty, telling The Vertical last month that he has “never” thought about bailing on the Pelicans. Once Garnett got to Boston and experienced winning on a championship level with the Celtics, however, he started to question the wisdom of that mentality by stating, “Loyalty is something that hurts you at times because you can’t get youth back.”
The same could be said of DeMarcus Cousins, too. Sacramento has had plenty of time to surround Boogie with the necessary pieces to be good, yet he is still out there carrying the team each night just to miss the playoffs every year.
Give Lee’s piece on Davis a read here, then sympathize for the several great Wildcats on very bad teams. But don’t feel too bad because they are filthy rich.