In the Bonus: Davis is 'scary' good

In the Bonus: Davis is 'scary' good
March 16, 2014, 5:45 pm
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As the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the idea of Anthony Davis being a candidate for the league’s Most Improved Player award might seem hard to believe.
But there’s no mistaking how in a matter of months Davis has gone from being a solid player with promise to arguably one of the NBA’s top 10 players.
That he's doing it in New Orleans, far removed from being a playoff team, makes his ascension even more impressive.
“Anthony Davis is one of the best players in the league,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “That happened very quickly.”
Known primarily as a defensive standout in his one season at Kentucky, Davis has significantly improved his game offensively.
Stevens, then the head coach of the Butler Bulldogs, recalls being in New Orleans during 2012 when he witnessed Davis held lead Kentucky to a national championship win.
“If there’s an obvious impact guy in the NBA, it’s him,” Stevens recalled thinking at the time. “He just impacts the game so many ways.”
Lately, it has been with his scoring. Davis comes into tonight’s game averaging 30.8 points and 13 rebounds over his last five games, while shooting 56.6 percent from the field.
More than anything, Davis is shooting the same shots as he has in the past only with more consistency. Last season, he shot just 28.2 percent along the baseline but is up to 39.5 percent this season.
Davis experienced an even greater jump in scoring from the elbow, where he connected on 27.5 percent of his shots last season. This season, he's nailing 43 percent of those shots.
The 6-foot-11 big man, a first time All-Star in February, has also improved his shooting of two-pointers which is up to 54.3 percent this season, compared to 51.3 percent a year ago.
“He’s scary good,” Stevens said.