NBA Analyst Explains Anthony Davis’ Decline: “What’s Weird Is Davis’ Career Has Gone in the Wrong Direction”

Published 12/25/2021, 8:00 AM EST
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The Los Angeles Lakers are going through a tough time. They are currently on a run of four games without a win and have lost several players due to injuries. Among these players, Anthony Davis is the biggest miss. According to the latest reports, he is set to miss four weeks of action due to an MCL sprain.

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The 28-year-old star has been struggling due to injuries a lot lately. Last season, he missed as many as 30 games due to heel and calf issues. Due to injuries to Davis and LeBron James, the Lakers crashed out of the playoffs in the first round itself.

May 9, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) reacts after a dunk during the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

While Davis has a lot of years left to play, many think he is already declining due to injuries. Davis’ weight has been a question and the latest one to provide an argument on this is Bill Simmons of ‘The Ringer’.

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Bill Simmons explains why Anthony Davis is declining

The Ringer’s Bill Simmons recently talked about Anthony Davis’ injury issues. He also explained why Davis is declining at the age of 28 when he should be at his peak. Simmons also argued that Davis should have the body of Kevin Garnett or Tim Duncan, but it’s otherwise.

“What’s weird is Davis’ career has gone in the wrong direction,” Simmons said.

“If your free-throw attempts are going down, your rebounds are going down, your field-goal percentage is going down, your points are going down, and you’re in your late 20s, that doesn’t make sense. You should be peaking in your late 20s. … I just think he has too much weight. I think he should have like a (Kevin) Garnett/(Tim) Duncan kind of a body versus it seems like he’s trying to become a center, and I don’t know if he can carry the weight,” he added.

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Tim Duncan and Anthony Davis’ comparison have been going on for a long time. Many Spurs fans think it’s slanderous to even compare a 19-year NBA veteran with Davis. In fact, these comparisons go back to Davis’ rookie season when it was compared to Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan’s rookie seasons.

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In his rookie season, Davis averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. Duncan, on the other side, dazzled on his own with 21.1 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks. However, Davis’ first year came to a close due to an injury, and he had to miss the last three games for the New Orleans-based side.

 

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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