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The rise and rise of Anthony Davis

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Anthony Davis is continuing to blow away fans, analysts, and fellow NBA players in this just his second season in the pros.

The Chicago native entered the NBA with huge expectations back in 2012 but has never looked back, easily producing the form of a seasoned league veteran despite the fact that he only just turned 21 last week.

The first overall pick in the draft in 2012, Davis was at ease in his rookie year producing displays at the New Orleans Pelicans which led to Rookie Team honors as well as finishing runner up in the individual Rookie of the Year stakes.

He finished his début season with the most double-doubles amongst NBA freshman too.

But in 2013-14 Davis has stepped it up another gear and in doing so has arguably become one of the best players in the NBA.

Actually there is no arguably about it, Anthony Davis is one of the best players in the NBA.

A point proven by his 40 point, 21 rebound game against the Boston Celtics Sunday night - the first time since Dwight Howard in 2012 that a player has hit 40-plus points and 20-plus rebounds in a single game.

And that performance came just a few days after he had recorded a then career-high 36 points.

His stature make him an incredible performer on both sides of the ball, and he has been able to translate his natural physical attributes into an efficient basketball behemoth.

Only LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kevin Love have better efficiency stats this season.

With March Madness about to begin, there will be numerous players, born in the same year as Davis, vying for college titles - Anthony Davis is already an All-Star and if you were to pick him up and put him back in the NCAA tournament he could lead any team to victory.

The Pelicans man has the characteristics, mentality, and raw physical ability to go on to dominate the league in years to come.

Davis admitted recently that "the ceiling has no limits for me" and he is right.

He was the quickest player in the history of the NBA to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 250 blocks and that was before he could legally buy a beer in the U.S.

The sky truly is the limit for the Pelicans superstar, and it is just exciting right now to sit back and watch him develop at a frightening rate.

In the words of Sunday night's losing Celtics coach Brad Stevens:

"If there are 10 guys better in the league, I haven't seen then."

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