Anthony Davis is already viewed by many as being one of the top few players in the league today, a dominant big man that has the ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor at an absolutely frightening rate.
And the new head coach of the Pelicans, Alvin Gentry, wants to make him even more difficult to deal with by extending his range to the three-point arc.
In a conference call to season-ticket holders on Tuesday night, Gentry says he has already told Davis that every day he works out in the gym this upcoming season he wants him to make 150 corner 3-point shots from each side of the court.
”That’s got to become a consistent shot for him,” Gentry said. ”I don’t think he’s going to have any problem doing it. If you go back and look at his high school days, he was a very good 3-point shooter. But all of sudden he decided to grow six or eight inches. He still has that range, but I don’t think it has been incorporated in the offense in college or the pros that he’s been in.
”We want him to shoot that shot. So I think you probably see him make more 3s than he’s made his entire career.”
Gentry has had success doing this in the past. As head coach of the Suns in 2010, he got Channing Frye to launch 392 three-pointers, after he had made just 20 in total during his first four NBA seasons. Frye shot 43.9 percent from three-point distance that season.
Davis made only one three-pointer last season on 12 attempts, but it turned out to be the difference in sending New Orleans to the playoffs because it ultimately gave them the tie-breaker over the Thunder in the standings.
Davis is already unstoppable on the offensive end of the floor, so adding yet another weapon to his arsenal seems almost unfair to the rest of the league. With Gentry looking to create even more of a monster here, a famous quote from the Bhagavad Gita delivered by one of the men who invented the atomic bomb comes to mind: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
Magic’s Mario Hezonja throws down poster dunk at Summer League (VIDEO)
The rookie and No. 5 pick showed off the ability to attack the rim and throw it down at the Orlando Summer League on Monday. You have to like this guy’s confidence and willingness to attack, that is something he can build an impressive NBA game around.
Report: Tobias Harris turned down max contract offer from Kings
The Kings are a mess right now, a directionless franchise that frequently changes course seemingly on the whims of its owner. We had three different head coaches in Sacramento last season, a redistribution of decision-making power in the front office, a flirtation with yet another change there, and the current coach shopping around the franchise player in trade scenarios by contacting other teams.
Sacramento can try to throw money at its many problems. But until things calm down there a little, and a long-term plan is put into place, players are going to continue to be wary of signing up to play there willingly — and justifiably so.
Report: Knicks to acquire Kyle O’Quinn in sign-and-trade with Orlando
Kyle O’Quinn is a smart player with the potential to be a good rotation big. He is physical, likes to bang, but also can knock down midrange shots, operates well setting picks or from the high post. His game seemed to plateau a little last season, but he’s a smart free agent gamble.
After agreeing to a four-year, $16 million deal, the New York Knicks have acquired free-agent forward Kyle O’Quinn in a sign-and-trade with the Orlando Magic, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Magic will receive cash considerations and the right to swap second-round draft picks with the Knicks in 2019, sources said.
That is a good price for a quality backup center — especially one who should fit with the triangle. The fourth year of the deal is a player option. The deal can’t be completed until the moratorium on signings comes on July 9.
Phil Jackson gets a gold star for this move.
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