You’ve already seen Anthony Davis’ awesome Sports Illustrated cover. Now you can read the article. SI’s Lee Jenkins does a great job profiling Davis from when he was a 6’2″ guard who struggled to beat his sister in pickup in Chicago to his superstardom now. While Davis is a man on the court–leading the NBA PER by five points, an insane margin–he’s still just a kid sometimes. Davis is 21 and lives in New Orleans, the party capital of the world, but claims he’s never been to Bourbon Street. (Frenchman Street is better anyways.) He also still performs magic tricks for the team, which made me flash back to this video of Anthony doing card tricks for Darius Miller, MKG, and Eloy Vargas.
The most interesting part of the piece to me was the part describing a practice at Kentucky in which Davis realized he needed to step up his offensive game if he was going to make it in the league:
General manager Dell Demps had followed Davis for nearly a year, dating to his first practice at Lexington, when he tossed one jump hook way over the rim and slammed another off the backboard. “If we throw the ball to Anthony Davis in the post again, we’re all running!” Calipari hollered. Davis was mortified but motivated. He asked assistant coach Kenny Payne for extra tutoring, and they embarked on a crash course in jump hooks, drop steps and up-and-unders. “You want to stop eating McDonald’s and start eating steak?” Payne asked. Davis averaged a modest 14.2 points in his lone college campaign, but he muted Calipari and led the Wildcats to the national championship. “There were things he did that made me sit down,” Calipari says. “A touch pass, a lefty hook, a GinÃ³bili layup.”
5th most shots, right?