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Pelicans’ coach Alvin Gentry says Anthony Davis has Tim Duncan DNA

Tim Duncan and Anthony Davis

When it comes to New Orleans Pelicans superstar power forward Anthony Davis, head coach Alvin Gentry says that the 25-year-old reminds him of a lot of an NBA legend: San Antonio Spurs 15-time All-Star power forward Tim Duncan.

It was revealed by ESPN’s Nick Friedell that Gentry compared Davis to Duncan in a way that the low-maintenance superstars handle adversity and translate it to a successful season.

“I think any time you have a superstar player like A.D. — I think he’s got like Tim Duncan DNA,” coach Gentry said. “He’s just a low-maintenance guy, loves being around the guys, likes being part of the team and just wants to be one of the guys that’s part of the team. And I think any time you have that, you’re probably going to have a closeness on your team.”

When Davis was asked by Friedell what he thought of coach Gentry’s comparison, he revealed that he always considered Duncan to be a huge role model.

“I definitely looked up to [Duncan],” Davis said after Tuesday’s shootaround. “He’s always calm and collective. He never gets rattled. He gets to the spots he wants to get to on the post. That’s how I try to play.”

This 2017-18 postseason, the Pelicans’ five-time All-Star forward is currently averaging an insane stat line with a whopping 29.6 points on 52.2 percent shooting from the field, 12.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocked shots, 2.1 steals, and 1.8 assists per game in eight contests played.

Despite being down 3-1 in the Western Conference Semifinals against the defending champion Golden State Warriors, Davis and his Pelicans teammates will look to pull off the upset tonight in Game 5 at Oracle Arena to keep the series alive.