‘A Fierce Competitor’ – Lakers’ Anthony Davis Says He Modeled His Game After NBA Legend Kevin Garnett

Published 05/05/2021, 9:55 AM EDT
Apr 24, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) grabs a rebound against the Dallas Mavericks during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Anthony Davis is one of the most talented power forwards the league has seen. An elite big man with the mobility of a guard, Davis is deceptively quick for his size. Davis will become a 10-year veteran in the NBA next season and has done a lot throughout his career. He’s been a multiple-time All-Star, a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, and an NBA champion. But who did he use as inspiration for his style of play?

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AD based his game around KG

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis did an AMA on Reddit. One user asked Davis which NBA star he modeled his game around. Davis noted that an inspiration for him was Kevin Garnett. KG was a great player on both ends of the court, something that appealed to Anthony Davis. Davis lamented that he didn’t get to play Garnett at his best during his time in the league, but lauded his excellent ability to play the game.

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AD said, “A guy I’ve looked up to a lot was Kevin Garnett. I always wanted to be like him, play both sides, be a fierce competitor. He was in the later part of his career when I came into the league but I always looked forward to playing against him too.”

Anthony Davis very similar to Kevin Garnett

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Garnett was an excellent player for AD to base his game around. Much like Davis, Garnett was an excellent power forward during his time in the NBA. Garnett played excellent basketball on both ends of the court, showing his excellent versatility and hustle. He was also a perennial All-Star and won a league MVP and an NBA championship. Aside from an MVP, Davis has achieved the same. However, Davis is still young, and he can achieve the same, if not more.

Apr 24, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) shoots over Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber (42) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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Davis is looking to take the next leap in his game. After arriving in Los Angeles last year, Davis established himself as one of the elite players in the NBA. He and LeBron James formed a dominant duo and went on to win the NBA championship. This season, Davis has spent a lot of time sidelined thanks to a calf strain but is looking stronger by the game since his return.

 

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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