A lanky big man who can shoot from the perimeter, put the ball on the floor, rebound and defend at the highest of levels. For former Boston Celtic Greg Stiemsma, those were the traits that made Kevin Garnett a one-of-a-kind talent. And then he came to New Orleans and is now playing with KG 2.0, better known to most as Anthony Davis. While Davis isn't trying to mirror Garnett's play, the comparisons between the two are undeniable. "The similarities, they kind of speak for themselves," Stiemsma told CSNNE.com. "Active big who can step out and shoot it, and still put it on the floor." He did that and then some on Friday in leading the Pelicans to a 95-92 win over Boston. Davis finished with a game-high 23 points to go with nine rebounds and three blocked shots. While the numbers were impressive, it is becoming the kind of performance that the Pelicans are expecting from the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. And like most franchise players, Davis stepped his game up when his team needed him most. Trailing 90-89 late in the fourth quarter, he got Brandon Bass backed down in the post. Bass made a great defensive move to cut off Davis going deeper into the paint, only for Davis to counter with a right pivot followed by a swooping left-handed hook shot that put New Orleans ahead, 91-90, for good. Pelicans coach Monty Williams acknowledges that he has put a tremendous amount of added responsibility on Davis' shoulders in this, his second NBA season.
Davis draws comparisons to Garnett
NBC Sports Boston | Jan 5