Chicago’s Anthony Davis poured in 40 points and hauled in 21 rebounds on way to the Pelicans one-point overtime win over the Boston Celtics. Davis, who’s nicknamed the “Brow” for his patented unibrow, was an all-everything at Perspective Charter and would go on to be the top-rated player in the United States before deciding to attend the University of Kentucky under coach John Calipari. At Kentucky, Davis, along with the other first round picks that would make up the starting five, would go on to win the national championship in his only year in school. In doing so Davis would pull off the three-peat by winning player-of-the-year, tournament MVP, and would later become the top overall pick in the summer’s draft. In addition to the awards that Davis won he also won Freshman of the year in school, as well as SEC player of the year and Freshman of the year.
While at Kentucky, Davis dominated the boards and set a school record for blocks. After leaving school he had a rough indoctrination into the NBA; his rookie season was riddled with injury as he missed 18 games due to a knee injury. Despite the injury Davis did manage to post respectable numbers in the games he played and finished the season averaging 13.5 ppt and 8 rpg. This year has been totally different as Davis is an all-star for his rebuilding team and appears destined for greatness at the next level. Davis’ line last night showed a glimpse of what this player could be if he stays healthy throughout his career. Often it’s the case that when big men are taken high in the draft, there’s the concern that their bodies could give out on them because of their size. Davis has the ability to be a dominant low-post player in the NBA and with the season he’s having the future looks extremely bright for him and New Orleans. In 58 games, Davis is averaging a double-double with 21.4 ppg and 10.4 rpg.
Davis is drawing comparison to Tim Duncan. In addition to the amazing stat line last night, it was perhaps one shot that set itself apart from everyone else. With five-seconds left on the clock Davis caught the ball on an inbound and knocked down a mid-range jumper that should’ve given the Pelicans the win in regulation. The fans of the Pelicans must be extremely pleased about their south side pride.