I almost wanted to see Anthony Davis win the Final Four MOP without scoring a single field goal in the Championship game, because I thought it would be so fitting. I love players that can affect the game without scoring and Davis definitely is one of those types of guys. He shot poorly and hit only one field goal, yet still completely dominated the game. If most guys went 1-10 in a Championship game, it might a cause for concern. With Davis it was simply more evidence that he’s a future franchise player who doesn’t need to score to dominate.
6 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 5 blocks.
That is an astounding line.
And it is most likely his last college game.
Yes, Davis will probably struggle to score inside, at first, until he gets stronger, and he’s going to get posted up to death for his first couple of seasons, but only one player in the draft is a true franchise changer, and that’s Davis. To all those Raptor fans who despise any talk of tanking, you have to realize in the NBA, a player like Davis can be the difference between a decade like San Antonio has had and a decade like Atlanta has had. Tim Duncan has lead his team to four Championships. Joe Johnson lead his team to the second round 3 times. One is good. The other is truly great.
Many people hate the idea of tanking, but if tanking results in being able to draft the type of player that comes around once a decade, then it’s worth it. All the current Raptors put together do not equal the importance of a player like Davis.
Am I going overboard?
Davis can score inside and out. He has All-World defensive potential. He could end up being the best passing big man since Arvydas Sabonis and if he doesn’t lead the league in rebounds per game at least one season I’ll be shocked.
Teaming him up with Jonas Valanciunas should be any Raptor fan’s wet dream. With them as your big men, I’d be quite comfortable with Jose Calderon running the point for the next five years. If there’s any duo that could make up for his defensive shortcomings (and be in need of his passing), it’s those two. Imagine if Tim Duncan and David Robinson played together in their prime? Okay, maybe Davis is no Tim Duncan (yet) and Valanciunas probably won’t ever be on David Robinson’s level, that’s close to the type of impact they could have.
That doesn’t mean he’s a sure thing, though.
And it’s not just his skinny frame that should be a cause for concern.
Quick, what do Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Durant and Tim Duncan all have in common? They’re all, at the very least decent looking guys. Even Steve Nash, who’s kind of funny looking, is someone women apparently find attractive.
Listen, I’m a huge fan of Davis, but the guy is simply not attractive. He’s got the unibrow and I’m sure he’s as skinny as he is because he can’t eat properly with those crooked teeth.
Okay, once he gets his NBA money, he’ll be able to fix those teeth but the unibrow is too much of his identity for his to shave that. It would be like John Stockton wearing baggy shorts.
One the plus side, Larry Bird was never attractive to anyone but his parents (and his wife), and he did pretty well.
So maybe there is hope, after all.
In the next post, I’ll look at the other potential draft picks from a Raptor perspective.