Williams: Anthony Davis' Rookie Development Similar To Aldridge
Monty Williams recently compared Anthony Davis to a Western Conference All-Star when asked about the rookie’s development.
“I liken it to LaMarcus (Aldridge),” said Williams on Tuesday.
Williams was an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers when Aldridge came into the NBA.
After making the comparison to Aldridge, Williams specified the improvements Davis has made under his tutelage and where he must improve.
“His I.Q. for the game is coming along,” said Williams. “At this point we want him to use his speed and quickness against guys who are a ton stronger than he is. He’s had so much put on him. You spend a lot of time trying to protect him from that, but he’s certainly handled the task. As he gets stronger he’s going to have a better jump shot and he’s going to be able to develop a post move. This summer we’re going to work on a go-to move for him that he can use. His weak side defense is going to have to get better with his ability to block shots. I think that’s going to make him a defensive stud some day, especially on the weak side.”
Lastly, Williams was asked if Davis needed to add more weight to help him more of a post presence and avoid injuries.
“To me it’s not about the number of pounds, it’s how much stronger he can get the next three or four years,” said Williams.