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Basketball by Association - Anthony Davis 2012-2013 NBA Season Preview

August 16th, 2012

Anthony Davis has already proven he's the real deal at the collegiate and Olympic levels, but what can we expect from him as an NBA player with the New Orleans Hornets?

In this special episode of Basketball by Association, NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes break down Davis' preseason scouting report, while also predicting how his season and career will pan out.

Davis' athleticism and defensive abilities have never been in question, but his offensive skills remain the wild card for his superstardom.

However, there should be little left to worry about based on what we saw with his performance on Team USA at the 2012 London Olympics. His finishing, jump-shooting and knack for moving without the basketball were all NBA-ready, even if his low-block game will take some time to develop.

The Hornets will need Davis to immediately be a two-way player as they build their front line around him. Whether it's providing scoring help for Robin Lopez and Al Farouq-Aminu, or being a defensive aid for Ryan Anderson, there will be a lot of people counting on Davis' versatility.

The sky's the limit for this kid, but does he compare more closely to a Marcus Camby or a Kevin Garnett? What kind of production can we count on him for this season, and what might a "successful" career arc look like?

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