En route to winning a gold medal in London, Anthony Davis picked up something else along the way – confidence. While Davis averaged only 4.3 points in seven games, he had the opportunity to play with the best NBA players during practice. “Those guys on the Olympic team treated me like I belonged and it boosted my confidence," Davis said. "When I got in games, I felt more confidence. They talked to me and told me what to do, so it definitely was great.”
It was during those times that “a lot of them shared their perspective on the game and the whole team took me under their wings and showed me the ropes,” Davis said.
His Coach Monty Williams says, “I could tell when I was there they looked at him a little bit different than you look at most college guys. But I think they recognize that this is a guy that we’re going have to deal with. This guy is going to prevent us from winning games and that demands respect.”
Davis has gotten his feet wet more than any other rookie heading into the NBA season. While most rookies were playing with other rookies or second year’s during the NBA's Summer League, Davis was facing the best superstars on the U.S. Team and the International Teams everyday, which will pay huge dividends for his confidence and the development of his game.