Two Gold medals, two NBA All-Star appearances and an NCAA championship - not bad for a 21-year-old.
When Anthony Davis came into the league as a teenager people knew he would impress, but what is the limit for the ‘the Brow’?
Davis came into the league as a no one draft pick in 2012 out of the University of Kentucky. He was long and athletic, impressing on the defensive end of the floor as well as offering glimpses of offensive power at the opposite end.
In his college time, he won almost every award possible. Davis was notoriously named National College Player of the Year, an award which was won in the past by stars such as Tim Duncan, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant. Not bad company.
He also made first-team All-American, was named National Freshman of the Year and won the Defensive Player of the Year.
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Worth his weight in gold
Davis first really came on to the big stage at the London 2012 Olympics just after being named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player. He was 18-years-old and playing with the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul - life could not be better for Davis.
Unsurprisingly, USA went on to win the event.
Davis then collected his second gold medal at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014 in Spain. USA went unbeaten in the whole tournament, winning nine games in a row which was impressive despite their undermanned roster.
He has been in the league for three years now and is playing the best basketball of his life, currently averaging career-highs across his stats sheet.
Davis is averaging 24.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. The big man is also putting up career high numbers in steals (1.6) and leads the league in blocked shots with an average of 2.8 per game.
Not only does Davis block shots, the amount he affects is also impressive. Due to his size, shooters are forced to either shoot a high arching shot therefore limiting the chances of it going in or are forced to throw up a circus effort.
His field goals attempted and field goal percentage are also up from last season. Davis is feeling more confident and taking more shots, with an increased amount of them dropping.
In the early stages of his NBA career, Davis was not confident with a mid-range jump shot. However, he is now aware that he can shoot the jumper and takes it at every opportunity. It also makes him a double threat as he can shoot the mid-range or pump-fake and drive to the basket for a monster dunk - something we’re used to seeing.
Davis’ dominance on the court is there for all too see and his latest victim was the Atlanta Hawks, whose 19-game unbeaten streak was ended last night. The forward finished with 29 points, 13 rebounds as well as adding a couple of assists and blocked shots.
He is clearly the go-to guy for the Pelicans, especially when All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday is out through injury. New Orleans currently have a record of 26 wins and 22 losses therefore putting them above .500, something that they haven’t done since the 2010-11 season.
This is largely down to the development of Davis.
He has been selected as a starter for the 2015 All-Star game in New York after being voted number one in the Western Conference front-court with nearly 1.5m votes, proving his popularity with fans of the league.
A future MVP?
Clearly we can see the 6ft 10in big man has been number one all his life. However, does he have what it takes to become MVP?
MVP voting has been dominated by LeBron James over the past few years and rightly so, the King is the best player in the game today.
However, the MVP usually comes from a winning side with a good record in the league. At the Pelicans, Davis and co do not have that. They are obviously on the up but with the increasing strength of the Western Conference, it is becoming harder to progress.
Davis is becoming a better player game by game and whether it’s with the Pelicans or another franchise, he could certainly take the league by storm and dominate MVP voting for a few years.
Fear ‘the Brow’.