Sports Illustrated named the NBA’s 25 best players under the age of 25 and there is a heavy Kentucky presence, to the surprise of no one. Six of the 25 and three of the top four came from the University of Kentucky.
The top spot belongs to Anthony Davis:
1. Anthony Davis, Pelicans, 22
There were some admittedly difficult decisions to be made in creating this list. The choice for No. 1, however, was an absolute no-brainer.
In the aforementioned survey of NBA GMs, one of the questions was, “If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?” An overwhelming majority (86.2%) of the respondents chose Davis. Durant and LeBron finished tied for second, each with just 6.9% of the vote.
Davis’s daily stat lines read like science fiction, making for an endless number of mind-boggling metrics one could use to highlight his greatness. For brevity’s sake, we’ll focus on this one in particular: In 2014—15, Davis shot 53.5% from the floor and knocked down over 80% of his free throw attempts–a remarkably high clip for a big man. He also averaged 2.2 assists per contest, putting Davis into even more elite company. How elite? The last NBA player to shoot at least 53% from the field and 80% from the charity stripe, in addition to dishing out at least two assists per game was Steve Nash in 2011—2012.
The fear is real, folks. [SI.com]
Davis is followed by DeMarcus Cousins at No. 3, John Wall at No. 4, Eric Bledsoe at No. 11, Nerlens Noel at No. 23 and Karl-Anthony Towns at No. 24. Towns is the youngest on the list.