Anthony Davis predicted to take LeBron James' place as NBA's best

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LeBron James is currently the best player in the NBA despite what Kevin Durant's 2014 MVP Award may suggest.

But there could be a new name at the top of the game in the next five years according to veteran college coach John Calipari.

The Kentucky coach has predicted New Orleans Pelicans' star big man Anthony Davis for such lofty heights.

"Right now, you look at (Davis) and say, 'Man, in five years, he could be the best player in the NBA," Calipari told reporters when quizzed about the young star.

Calipari of course had the pleasure of working with Anthony Davis at the Wildcats and is back with his former college star as Team USA prepare for the upcoming summer FIBA World Cup. And it seems like Davis has continued to impress in recent months.

"This USA Basketball stuff pushed that sooner. Again, here's what it does for him: how to work, new things to add to his game, and confidence like, 'These are the best in the world, so I'm all right," continued Calipari.

Davis goes from strength to strength

After enter the 2012 NBA draft as the undisputed number one option, David was duly taken first overall by the then New Orleans Hornets.

Before he had even taken a shot in the NBA though Davis was lining up for the USA at the 2012 London Olympics - impressing coaches, fans and his soon to be NBA opponents in the process.

Davis' star has continued to rise since then with personal honors including a 2014 All-Star appearance helping him cement his position as one of the rising stars of the game.

The 2013-14 campaign was a truly impressive one on the stats boards for Anthony Davis. The 21-year-old finishes top in blocks in the entire NBA and improved his already impressive rookie season stats even further - averaging a double-double of 20.8 points and 10 rebounds for the campaign.

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Bright future

Unless something dramatic happens Anthony Davis is set for a very, very bright future and whilst Calipari's prediction of league's best in five years may leave Kevin Durant (who will be 30 in 2019) with a few questions there is certainly no doubt that the progression of Pelicans man's already impressive game will be fun to watch.

Davis' head coach at the Pelicans, Monty Williams (also working with Team USA this summer) is doing nothing to dampen those expectations either:

"He's understanding that he is a lead dog among a number of alpha dogs. Mentally, he has taken it up a few notches, and I think Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) has been a big part of that, pushing him to be a leader, pushing him to be a guy on the team.

"You think about the names on this team, and you look at the impact on the game that he has, and you seldom say there's a better player on the floor than Anthony. 

Davis' ability to dominate some of the most experienced pros in the league, on both sides of the ball, at such a young age is awe-inspiring at times.

After an impressive second season, and having reportedly added more weight and an even bigger wing span to that imposing frame there is plenty more to come.

Get those bets on for NBA MVP 2018-2019 early.

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