After a walking over France 98-71 in Team USA’s first true Olympics contest, the squad upped the ante even further by crushing Tunisia 110-63 on Tuesday in London. The huge margin of victory, an injury scare, and the ever-growing confidence of Team USA’s lone college player Anthony Davis resulted in increased playing time for the young star. In 14 minutes Davis scored 12 points on 5-5 shooting, grabbed 3 rebounds, a block, and a steal.
Davis was a complete offensive threat, and despite playing an easily-outmatched opponent, Davis looked comfortable and confident alongside his many NBA experienced and All Star level teammates. He was going up for alley oops with authority, controlling the ball, and even looking to create his own shots. Davis’ offense has been the only doubt of his future NBA potential, and this strong double-digit scoring effort is a good sign than any concerns are unwarranted.
The Olympics roster lacks a solid core of big men, a hole which Davis gladly filled. But up until now, Team USA hasn’t needed an authoritative post presence thanks to a lack of larger opponents. With upcoming matches against taller and bigger teams like Argentina and Spain, the increased minutes and confidence Davis received against Tunisia may help him become a significant presence in the post against tougher competition.
Every minute Anthony Davis plays in the Olympics is a step forward for his young career, and gives Kentucky fans even more reasons to enjoy one of sport’s greatest events.
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