Unguardable: The Arsenal of Anthony Davis

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While the pick and roll requires a teammate to collaborate on a successful execution of the play, ISOs pit players 1-on-1. The hardest ISO players to defend typically are a threat to score off a drive to the paint or a pull-up jumper. That combination of skills leave defenders in an unfortunate predicament.

If you can’t stay in front of an Anthony Davis ISO just get out of the way, ask Pau Gasol if you need proof.

Davis doesn’t just shoot a high % off catch-and-shoot pick & pops, he can knock 21-footers down with a hand in his face in the triple threat.

Poor Faried, I share his pain via second-hand shame – maybe don’t try so hard next time?


Anthony Davis is really good at dunking basketballs. It is a feat that some never experience a single time, but for AD it’s as simple as pouring a glass of water – and that’s with defenders trying to guard him.

Quincy Pondexter throws up an errant three? No worries.

You cannot forget about AD any time he is on the floor. Put a body on him or pay the price. A fact that may seem obvious, yet most teams still can’t manage to go a whole game without being embarrassed by an Anthony Davis alley-oop.

That’s cute Tyler Zeller – go ahead, I’m sure you can out-leap AD. Again, Davis is a threat literally every moment, from any corner of the court.

Often, Davis only needs a few steps to gather for one of his high-flying finishes. Other times, he turns into a one-man fastbreak.