Written by: Elena Bergeron & Prospect-Central
I knew who Marcus Camby was almost before Marcus Camby knew who he was. I had a chance to watch Marcus play as a high school freshman (Conard High) and then as a sophomore, junior and senior (Hartford Public), not to mention in college (Umass) as well. At the time I was a little "wet behind the ears", but it didn't take long before I knew he was destined for the NBA. While I knew Camby was good, I didn't know how good. It was only after he threw down a vicious one-handed alley-oop on me in a pick up game, at the infamous Colt Park in Hartford, Connecticut, that I truly realized the potential he possessed. A couple years later, he was selected #2 overall in the 1996 NBA draft and the rest is history.
Anthony Davis not only has a chance to become the NEXT Marcus Camby, he actually has a chance to be better than the sixteen year NBA veteran. Camby might be a little bigger than Davis is, but there is no question Davis has a nicer offensive game and is more active on the boards. Even though Davis may have a higher skill-set than Camby, their freshmen numbers are still pretty similar. Camby averaged 10.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg & 3.7 bpg while Davis is currently averaging 11.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg & 4.2 bpg. Ironically they share the same college coach in John Calipari as well.
While Marcus Camby has had a solid NBA career, averaging 10.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg & 2.5 bpg in sixteen seasons, he never quite lived up to the hype that a #2 selection warrants. Lets face it, he was drafted ahead of three future Hall-of-Famer's in the likes of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash & Ray Allen. I'm pretty sure if NBA gm's could go back in time, this would not have been the case. When Anthony Davis finally decides to declare for the NBA draft, I am almost certain he will be a top 3 pick. Yet another similarity he will share with the "Camby Man." So...is Anthony Davis the NEXT Marcus Camby??? In my opinion...NO...he's the NEXT Anthony Davis...which might actually be better. * Below is an article written about Anthony from December of 2011 followed by a highlight video of himself & Marcus Camby and his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel.