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Just how good was 2012 to Anthony Davis?

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 résumés 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.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

11 Comments for Just how good was 2012 to Anthony Davis?

  1. HicksPickSix
    2:34 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Retire 23 at Rupp already!

  2. mocha
    2:44 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats AD!

  3. Barack Obama
    2:48 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Freshman of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year with 186 blocks, Overall Player of the Year, Final Four MVP, National Champion, No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, Olympic Gold…you didn’t do those all by yourself. Anthony Davis, you owe everyone else for your accomplishments.

  4. Gavin S.
    3:03 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    It’s uncanny how ADs life is going. I can’t wait for the ESPN documentary on his career.

  5. 1daysoon
    5:09 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    He should at least get some votes for Time magazine “Man of the Year”.

  6. bigbluecats
    5:44 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    I dont care what any of the traditionalists say about how long u should be at UK before u get ur jersey retired. Put this mans jersey in the rafters now. Unveil it at Big Blue Madess this fall. One year or 4 years AD is one of if not THE greatest to wear the Wildcat blue

  7. Jean
    6:58 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    He never committed to Cleveland State.

  8. ItWasInThePapers
    9:01 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Stewart,how old are you and don’t you ever read this site? For most of olympic history, most of the USA basketball players college players.

  9. blueneck
    4:53 pm August 13, 2012 Permalink

    #7 is correct, they were the first to recruit him but he never committed there

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    7:45 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

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  11. Blue Cat
    8:09 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Agree with #1 and #6. Strike while the iron is hot. Motivate the 2013 players and watch them all over achieve trying to duplicate AD’s accomplishments. We Are UK.