NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Kentucky PF Anthony Davis
|06.14.12 at 9:12 pm ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.
Position: Power forward
Weight: 220 pounds
Achievements: 2012 National Player of the Year (AP, Sporting News, Naismith, Wooden), 2012 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, 2012 Defensive Player of the Year (NABC)
Key 2011-12 stats: 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.7 blocks, 62.3 FG%, 32.0 minutes
What he brings: Davis is widely considered to be the premier prospect in this year’s draft. The 19-year-old is freakishly athletic with a long frame and the ability to run the floor like a guard. On offense Davis is extremely efficient, shooting 65 percent this past season. His length and athleticism allow him to be an alley-oop threat as almost every pass is in reach. He has also shown some guard-like ability on offense by averaging less than one turnover a game.
On defense, Davis brings a wide array of skills. His best skill is his shot-blocking, but he also is great at recovering, can guard on the perimeter, has a high defensive basketball IQ and gives full effort at all times. Despite his attacking-style defense, Davis keeps his foul count low. Scouts see his defense as the most ready aspect of his game.
The only knock on Davis’ game is that he appears weak at times, but he hides his lack of strength with his great athleticism.
Where the Celtics could get him: They have virtually no chance. It would be a major surprise if Davis is not the first overall pick.
Notes: Davis won a national championship with Kentucky this year as a freshman, tying an NCAA record for the title game with six blocked shots. … Davis set the Kentucky and SEC single-season record for blocks (186). … He was almost the consensus National Player of the Year, but the National Association of Basketball Coaches chose Michigan State’s Draymond Green.
Video: Here’s a highlight video of Davis’ 2011-12 season.