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ESPN names Anthony Davis the best NBA player under 25

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We all knew Anthony Davis was good, but I think it’s safe to say that his first few years in the NBA have surpassed even our high expectations. The folks over at ESPN Insider ranked the top NBA players under 25, and Davis came in at #1. David Thorpe, Kevin Pelton and Amin Elhassan broke down each player by their current skills, what they must improve, and where they may be in three years. Here’s a sampling of what they said about Davis:

Amin Elhassan: Davis continues his superstar trajectory as an efficient, unselfish two-way player. He’s a tremendous defensive presence both on- and off-ball, a voracious rebounder and elite finisher out of pick-and-roll situations.

David Thorpe: Improving his shooting is Step 1, beginning with a midrange game that can be featured in isolations when defenders play off him. Developing a plan in the post is Step 2, including face-ups against bigger, slower defenders, as well as a reliable middle-attack move with one solid counter.

Kevin Pelton: After posting the best PER ever by a 20-year-old as a rookie, Davis merely ranks third in the league this season. Barring injury, his future is a lock.

Some other Cats made the list too, with John Wall coming in at #5, DeMarcus Cousins at #9, and Eric Bledsoe at #11. Click on over to ESPN Insider to read their thoughts on them:

[NBA’s Top 25 under-25 rankings: Stacking up the top 25 players in basketball below the age of 25]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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4 Comments for ESPN names Anthony Davis the best NBA player under 25

  1. UK Wildcat
    10:41 am December 13, 2013 Permalink

    • ChicagoCat
      11:24 am December 13, 2013 Permalink


  2. Yea but...
    10:49 am December 13, 2013 Permalink

    Just being honest.. If i had to pick one player to build around under 25 it would be Paul George.. AD would def be my second pick though

  3. Serious
    11:32 am December 13, 2013 Permalink

    These rankings are kinda all over the place. Last year John Wall wasn’t even on the list, this year he jumped all the way to #5….also they have Andre Drummond ahead of James Harden, that’s tough to see..that said, injury is the only thing that could stop Davis from being a perennial all-star and potential hall of famer