Former University of Kentucky star Anthony Davis will be asked to do more this season.
Given the New Orleans Pelicans big man recently agreed to a five-year, $145 million contract extension as the franchise's cornerstone, that's hardly surprising.
What is perhaps unexpected is where he will be doing that extra work, according to a report in The Advocate of Baton Rouge, La.
During a teleconference with New Orleans season ticket holders on Tuesday, new Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry was asked what specifically he is doing to develop Davis' offensive game.
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Davis averaged 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.9 blocks and 1.5 steals per game last season.
"We’re going to spend a lot of time on increasing his shooting range, especially to corner threes," Gentry said. "Every day he goes into the gym, he needs to make 150 corner threes from each side. That’s got to become a consistent shot for him."
Davis attempted 12 three-pointers last season and made one. In three seasons as a pro, Davis is 3-for-27 from three-point range. He made three of 20 attempts during his one season at Kentucky, during which he led the Wildcats to the 2012 national championship.
"I don’t think that’s going to be a problem for him because, if you go back to his high school days, he was a very good shooter," Gentry said. "He still has that range, but I don’t think it’s been incorporated into his offense since then."