In Team USA’s last two matchups, Anthony Davis has played some kind of part. Coming off the bench to score 12 and 9 points respectively, along with grabbing his fair share of rebounds and blocks, Davis seemed to be settling into his role as the lone college player and last man on a bench filled with stars. That was until Team USA’s test on Saturday against Lithuania, one in which they barely prevailed with a 99-94 lead and Anthony Davis never saw time on the court.
Davis may be getting along splendidly with his older teammates, but it’s obvious he still isn’t trusted in a real game situation. Despite Lithuania grabbing more rebounds, out-assisting Team USA, and shooting 63% from the field, Anthony Davis’ defensive presence still wasn’t called upon by Mike Krzyzewski. Davis wasn’t alone on the bench, as Andre Igoudala only logged 2:30, James Harden saw 3:56, and even lone center Tyson Chandler only played 8:04 in a guard- and forward-heavy rotation.
Any moments spent on the floor are going to be beneficial for Davis’ young career, but minutes that matter will be infinitely more productive to the young star. Thankfully Anthony Davis has the composure and confidence to enjoy his time, observe his opponents and teammates, and keep his head held high even when he’s on the bench. That attitude and his consistent smile may be the biggest indications of all that he’s going to succeed at the next level.
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