Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis is a modern big man, with his skill set consisting of being able to play in the post, be a playmaker and make 3-pointers at a decent clip.
With Davis being new in Los Angeles, he recently did some work in the community and helped out a Lakers legend in the process. He instructed young campers on his face-up moves at Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California.
He focused on teaching them how he uses his reverse pivot to create space for jumpers in the mid post. Along with that, he also showed how they could use a forward pivot if that’s more natural. Davis explained well how he looks to see where the defender is matching up with him.
In the post, it’s important for big men to look over their shoulders or feel where the defender is to see where they can best attack.
Davis’ face-up game is one of the best facets of his skill set. It certainly helps that he was a guard in his early days before a late growth spurt, but that’s what makes him so special. With him showing youth some of his patented moves, he gave kids a close look at the intricate parts of his game.
As the new season approaches, it’ll be interesting to see how Davis’ versatile game affects the Lakers. Last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, Davis played in 56 games and averaged 25.9 points per game, along with grabbing 12.0 rebounds a game.