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