New Orleans Hornets: Was It a Mistake for Anthony Davis to Play in the Olympics?

August 3rd, 2012 by Louis Gertler Leave a reply »
If you are Anthony Davis, of course you accept an invitation to be a member of the US basketball team. It is one of the highest honors a basketball player can achieve—to be asked to play for his country in the Olympics.

The question, however, is whether Davis' budding career was best served by his joining the Olympic team after Blake Griffin went down with a knee injury.

In other words, would it have benefited Davis more to have played for the Hornets' Las Vegas summer league team?

At first, this may sound like a no-brainer.

The level of Olympic competition and the quality of the US team are light years beyond what Davis would have experienced in Vegas playing with and against a bunch of rookies and marginal NBA players who are just trying to get noticed.

The problem is that Davis has been relegated to garbage time minutes on the Olympic team, only entering the game when things are well in hand. In fact, in the close exhibition game against Brazil, Davis never even saw the court.

He is literally the last player off the bench.

If Davis had played instead in Vegas he not only would have had significan ...

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