Newly hired Pelicans head coach, Alvin Gentry, plans on developing the 3-point shooting range of young superstar in-the-making Anthony Davis.
Replacing former Pelicans coach Monty Williams this past May, Gentry has been handed the keys to the laboratory and in Frankensteinian fashion, he is looking to create a well rounded monster in the 22 year old superstar.
Gentry expressed his interest in substantially lengthening Davis’ game during a conference call where he spoke about the future and his vision for the young New Orleans team. He hopes to add range to Davis’ game, more specifically threepointers from the corner and urged the franchise player to attempt and make at least 300 three-pointers per day during workouts. He adds “That’s got to become a consistent shot for him...”
Attempting only 12 three pointers this past season, the 6 foot-10 Power Forward/Center hybrid made just one of these jumpers from behind the arc and only 27 attempts in his 3-year career.
Gentry’s push is a building block for the Pelicans as he looks to run more of the team’s offense through Davis and increasing his percentage will only make that easier. Davis is widely known for having the body of a big-man and skill set of a guard and the addition of a consistent perimeter shot could elevate his game to another level.
Davis had an All-Star season, averaging 24.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and a league best 30.89 player efficiency rating through the 68 games that he was healthy. He lead his young squad to a 45-37 season and his first playoff berth as the 8th seed in the Wild-Wild Western Conference.
It’s clear that Gentry is fully aware of the potential he has in the French Quarter and looks to make an immediate impact with this new experiment. Coming fresh off a season as assistant coach for the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors, who many considered to have had one of the greatest shooting seasons in NBA history, Gentry may be on to something here.