With the 2010s nearing the end of its run, many publications have begun to reflect on what has been a great decade for sports, so you know that Kentucky basketball would find themselves smushed somewhere into the conversation.
Over at Sports Illustrated, the media outlet had various members of its team vote on an All-Decade team for college basketball seasons running from 2010-19. Naturally, Anthony Davis found his way onto the list, and actually headlined the First Team.
When we look back on the last decade in college hoops, these five players were a cut above the rest https://t.co/rjAiQDbU1P
— SI College Hoops (@si_ncaabb) October 7, 2019
Joining Davis on the First Team are Zion Williamson (Duke), Buddy Hield (Oklahoma), Kemba Walker (UConn), and Doug McDermott (Creighton).
Davis had a historic season in 2011-12 on several levels; An NCAA Championship, National Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, 38 wins, and the most blocks in the country. The dude even won an Olympic gold medal. It literally doesn’t get any more impressive than that.
As the star player for that famous Wildcat squad, SI also recognized the 2011-12 Kentucky team as the best of the entire decade, which featured a few future NBA players.
The best of the best: Ranking all 10 college hoops national champions since 2010 https://t.co/P7uzvakLpc
— SI College Hoops (@si_ncaabb) October 8, 2019
In my completely unbiased opinion, there hasn’t been a more complete college basketball team in my lifetime.
Davis posted averages of 14.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting over 62 percent from the field. His scoring numbers weren’t eye-popping by any means, but he was without-a-doubt the most influential player in all of college basketball. His presence on the court alone changed the entire strategy of the opposing team on both sides of the court. He was a truly unique basketball specimen – one of the first actual NBA “unicorns”. It has surprised absolutely zero people that Davis has had such a successful career in the NBA despite being only 26 years old.
A lot of people are going to be shocked to learn just how good Davis is once he starts his first season as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, but the reality is he’s always been a future Hall-of-Famer. He still shined in New Orleans as a member of the Pelicans, but now his abilities are going to be put on the highest stage. The bright lights of LA will only amplify his talents.