I don't find Davis and Anderson compliment each other well anymore now that teams have adjusted. Anderson is usually on the perimeter while Davis is always in the post. While it worked early in the season when Anderson was drawing out bigs in the post, teams have adjusted by rotating a wing on Anderson while Davis has to deal with all the bigs in the post. Davis isn't strong enough or skilled enough to take on strong NBA bigs in the post. Davis best option is to find space around the post and score on quickness and touch or get to the line.
The issue for me here is that Davis needs a guy who can attract attention in the post so he can find the space to work with down low. Think Greg Monroe and Drummond. Drummond is enjoying all the space that Monroe is attracting on the high post. This leaves him open to work in space. The Hornets do not have a guy that can maximize Davis and his game.
Early in the season, Williams gave Davis some opportunities to work the post and it didn't work out well. Davis was too weak to back anyone down and his man usually prevented him from catching the ball down low. And when he gained positioning, he picks up his dribble and lacks the craftiness to gain space off the pivot to find an open man. This results in a turnover due to having his Back to the basket cutting of his vision to find open players. He caught the ball 18 ft away from the basket quite often because he couldn't gain position down low.
If you notice Davis and his game right now, we don't put him In a position to fight for positioning down low and haven't since his early season struggles. I don't expect to see any kind of post game from him this year.
I think they are going to develop him as a face up PF early on and let him gain strength and mass slowly while sprinkling some post offensive in there somewhere. I am certain the team is trying to mold him slowly but surely. Davis at center would be a waste right now as his strengths are clearly at the PF position.
This post was edited on 2/8 at 12:45 am