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The next Tim Duncan

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08:11 AM ET 10.30 | Doesn't Anthony Davis have enough to worry about? The long arms are the same, and so is the stoic facade. The most anticipated rookie in the NBA this season combines a superstar's skill set with a 12th-man's work ethic, and a capacity for detail that borders on obsessive-compulsive. So it is not without merit that New Orleans' Anthony Davis -- the precocious 19-year-old from Kentucky drafted No. 1 overall in June -- has earned impossible billing as "The Next Tim Duncan" among some NBA observers. To this common perception, the original Tim Duncan offers this humble rejoinder: "I'm not gone yet," said Duncan, the Spurs' 36-year-old, two-time league MVP. "Can I be me for a little while?"

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October 30, 2012  08:34 AM ET

Walk Before You Run, Bro.

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October 30, 2012  08:45 AM ET

Not mathematically, but figuratively your just about gone.

October 30, 2012  08:53 AM ET

If ANYONE could be compared to Duncan, then Davis is certainly that guy!!

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October 30, 2012  09:53 AM ET
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ps- this kid is NOTHING like timmy-he is athletic, timmy was nottimmy had a polished post/short range game...he does notother than being #1- where is the similarity?

No dude, watch some of his videos. The guy has a sweet mid range shot, and will only get better. Funny enough I also same him make that "bank" shot :-)

October 30, 2012  10:02 AM ET

dumbest statement ever... Duncan had way more touch on his shot as well as a hefty arsenal of post moves coming out of college... people are getting way ahead of themselves on here..

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October 30, 2012  11:15 AM ET

How about just be Anthony Davis. You'll probably find that will come with a lot less pressure.

October 30, 2012  11:21 AM ET
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wow- haven't heard that much out of timmy's mouth over the last 15 years....

Won't matter, as SA will not be any where near what they were.

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October 30, 2012  11:57 AM ET

This guy is not Duncan. He is the first Anthony Davis. I think the closest comparison during his rookie year will be to that of Kevin Garnett when he was a rookie. Both were rail thin and play good defense but I think Davis will be a better shot blocker as a rookie. He will play the 3 and the 4 which is something Duncan has not done and I don't think he will get exposed too bad playing either. He is so long and he blocks a ridiculous amount of jumpers that I have not seen most bigs do.

October 30, 2012  11:59 AM ET
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I will see how his 'sweet' jumper is when guys are actually playing defense on him in the regular season and when he can score more than 20 points a night on a regular basis

I'm telling ya, you're in for a pleasant surprise.

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October 30, 2012  02:27 PM ET

What Davis has going for him is an unrivaled skill set. The guy was a 6'2" guard. A very late growth spirt took him to almost 7 feet. As a result, he can handle the ball, he has good footwork inside, and a nice midrange touch. I don't see Tim Duncan, but Davis should create his own legacy.

 
October 30, 2012  03:48 PM ET
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Davis is another Marcus Camby. A good rebounder and defender, he may score 12-14ppg, but I don't see TD when I watch him play.

Yeah.....what ^^^he^^^ said.

At least for the next few years, anyway. But we may be comparing him to someone else in 3-4 years.....maybe Garnett, for instance.

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