Anthony Davis is showing a noticeable difference in his upper body

Anthony Davis

Perhaps fittingly for a 20-year-old who’s focused on improving his diet, held one of his recent interviews with local media inside the New Orleans Saints/Pelicans cafeteria in Metairie. Davis received teamwide praise from coaches and players for his maturity off the court in his first season, but appears to have further developed – both physically and mentally – after an eventful summer.

Listed at 220 pounds as a rookie, Davis confirmed the widespread belief that he’s bulked up since last season ended, showing a noticeable difference in his upper body. Through the weight training and conditioning program he’s followed under the guidance of Pelicans assistant coach/director of player performance Carlos Daniel, Davis should be able to hold his ground in the paint more effectively in 2013-14.

“I’ve gained at least 10 or 12 pounds,” Davis said, not far from the lunch line where he and his teammates will often select meals this season.

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