It comes as no surprise that one of the greatest basketball players to ever play at Kentucky had one of the greatest individual years in all of basketball’s 120 years of existence. Perhaps what is most shocking is that he has zero professional experience, as he has yet to play a single professional game in the NBA. Today, Davis made history and we are all witnesses.
Anthony Davis rose to stardom after committing to Kentucky and John Calipari in the fall of 2010. Ever since then his global brand has grown exponentially, with each award coming even more notoriety. Just a few short years ago Davis was a nobody guard at a Chicago high school, committed to Cleveland State, likely to play four years of college ball, graduate with a degree and continue his life outside of sports. But then he was blessed with a tremendous growth spurt. Sprouting up to nearly seven-feet tall, his guard skills in a big-man’s body made him a player unlike most any other. And so the legend of The Brow began.
It started with pre-season awards. The hype and expectations were astronomical, and some believed there would be no way he lives up to the lofty prospects. Then Davis began raking in the weekly awards, swatting shots and slamming lobs, his game was undeniable. As the season carried on the nation saw his unbelievable talent; things kept getting better… Without a doubt, Freshman of the Year. Defensive Player of the Year with 186 blocks. Overall Player of the Year, beating out Thomas Robinson of Kansas. Final Four MVP. National Champion. No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. And now, an Olympic Gold.
If it weren’t for a guy named LeBron James who won Most Valuable Player of the NBA, and NBA Championship, and Finals MVP, Davis would be the clear-cut winner for best season of basketball this year. As for his accomplishments compared to those yet to play an NBA game, or better-yet those his age, it’s not even close. Christian Laettner and Emeka Okafor are the only other college players to make Team USA basketball and Davis blows their rÃ©sumÃ©s away.
Anthony Davis already had a year for the record books before he even made the Olympic squad. Now his gold medal is just the sprinkles on top of a dessert already piled with icing, cherries, whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Davis has completed one of the most impressive and decorated years of any basketball player of all-time. Not a bad day at the office for a 19-year-old.