NBA history is no shortage of players with incredible height gains, but Anthony Davis is a special case. The 27-year-old made the press spend “ink and paper” for years on the story of miraculous height increase and comprehensive play.
Davis initially played a coordinated defender position (PG) with a height of 1.88 m when he turned 15. With a tough basketball environment like in the US, Davis was forced to practice defender play, if he wants to pursue level professional level. The average height of a defender in the NBA is about 1.9 m, while the vanguard (SF) is more than 2 m.
Davis began to experience a dramatic change in physical condition and reached a threshold of 2 m in the middle of the age of 17. He then reached the 2.08 m mark in early 19 years. Similar to Dwight Howard and David Robinson, Davis maintains her speed when she owns a huge height.
Although tall, Davis still showed flexibility in movement during the competition. However, Davis had to give up the position of coordinating defender forte to switch to play the main frontier (PF) and center-forward (C), because he was now the tallest player in the team.
Davis learned his basketball skills and got used to the hard collisions with other great players. He quickly adapted to his new position, perfected his kit skills against the basket and became a terror for his final year of high school.
From receiving a Cleveland State University scholarship, Davis became the most sought after high school player in the United States. In 2011, Davis joined the University of Kentucky basketball team.
Davis led Kentucky to the NCAA Division 1 championship (America’s highest-ranked student basketball tournament) with an average of 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks in 40 matches. Impressive form helped Davis be selected first place by the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Davis retains all qualities and skills of a coordinated defender, even when switching to playing near the basket. “Excellent counter-attack, agility, block (block), excellent rebound and sub-point scoring. Davis can also lead the ball, pass and throw in front of the opponent. He is about to throw 3 points”, Former New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams commented on Davis in 2014.
Anthony Davis with the defender’s skill set makes it difficult for NBA strikers to defend in defense. Photo: Getty Images.
Despite being a leading striker, Davis worked hard on his stuffing and throwing skills. He is the most difficult defender in the tournament when he can receive the ball to throw or break from outside the 3-point mark.
The ability to play fully in Davis’s style of play is what makes the Lakers accept Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and 3 votes to select players in the first round in the NBA Draft later to Pelicans to bring him home. Currently, Davis is the top star in the NBA. He averaged 24 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 521 matches after 8 seasons in the NBA.
“Anthony Davis is the defender inside the body of the striker. He dominates the area under the basket, while retaining the defender’s quality,” Business Insider wrote.