Speaking in an interview with New Orleans Times-Picayune's John Reid, former NBA great and current broadcasting star Shaquille O'Neal revealed he regards Anthony Davis as the best power forward in the NBA today.
Instead of pushing his 15-year-old son Shareef to mould his game around himself, O'Neal instead told him to mould it around Pelicans star Anthony Davis:
''I told him to watch Anthony because he's probably going to be the same height and have the same type of build," explained O'Neal.
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An All-Time Great
Shaq is undoubtedly the most dominant centre in NBA history. Standing at a towering 7'1 and weighing 325lbs, the LSU standout was a force to be reckoned with during his playing days.
O'Neal was a four-time NBA champion in his time, completing a 'three-peat' with the LA Lakers -winning three straight titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002 - before winning a title alongside Dwayne Wade with the Miami Heat in 2006. NBA MVP in 2000, Shaq is destined to be a first ballot hall of famer when he is finally eligible after next season.
It is still, however, no surprise that O'Neal would tell his son to mould his game around Davis; the Pelicans star has made a massive name for himself so far in his young NBA career.
"'He's probably the best at that position. He can run, rebound, dominate take over games. He's going to do his thing this year.''
A Rising Star
Anthony Davis entered the league in 2012 as the number one overall pick in that year's draft after a standout season at college level with Kentucky, leading them to the NCAA Championship.
Upon entering the NBA, he was touted to be a future NBA star and it didn't take long for him to start performing. In the last two seasons he has led the league overall in blocks per game and was awarded with an all-star performance last season for his great play, although he could not participate due to injury.
It is not hard to see why Shaq wants his son to learn about Davis's play. He is already one of the top stars in the NBA after only his third season and looks to be on course to become the best player in the world some day.