Anthony Davis is considered by most to be the next true superstar in the NBA and the New Orleans Pelicans power forward has just received momentous praise from none other than Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
The 21-year-old phenom has already put the rest of the league on notice with his unparalleled improvement and frightening potential, entering his third season in the NBA he is already being mentioned in the MVP conversation.
The NBA has seen its fair share of legendary power forwards, from Charles Barkley to Karl Malone. Kobe Bryant now believes that one day you will see the name of Anthony Davis etched alongside the greatest players of his position.
The Los Angeles Lakers slumped to yet another defeat on their depressing season when they were narrowly beaten 107-102 by the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
After the game Kobe Bryant spoke to reporters and felt compelled to laud Davis with praise and even made a sparkling and endearing comparison to a former teammate of the Black Mamba.
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According to the Orange County Register's Bill Oram, Kobe said after the Memphis game:
The season is quickly becoming Davis' coming-out party, despite only being through a short period of the campaign, the dominant power forward already holds the highest player efficiency rating (35.79) according to ESPN.com which is the single greatest way to measure a players contribution to his team.
Davis has already marked himself as one of the most elite defensive players the game has to offer and his progression lends itself to some very favourable comparisons.
He joined Shaquille O'Neal as the second player in league history to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks at age 20 or younger and in his third season, he is averaging ridiculous statistics of 24.8 points, 13.0 rebounds, 4.2 blocks, 2.5 steals and 2.2 assists per game.
The next step towards greatness for Anthony Davis would be to make some post season noise, he needs to guide his Pelicans team through his own leadership into the playoffs all the while playing in the brutal Western Conference.
Bleacher Report's Grant Hughes already believes Davis that MVP consideration for the power forward is legitimate, citing his statistical production as a key factor:
"He's already doing more for his team than anyone else is for theirs. He's doing more than anyone, period. All the buzz Davis is getting now will fade if the Pelicans gradually slip from the playoff picture, and that's not fair. AD has done all he can to put himself in the MVP conversation this season. He belongs there—now, and as long as he continues to blow us away with stats and highlights."
With players like Kobe signing his praises, Davis is truly on the ascent to superstardom and there has never been a better time to utter the phrase, he's got next.