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Anthony Davis (basketball)

Anthony Davis
Davis playing for the Pelicans in February 2014
No. 23 – New Orleans Pelicans
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1993-03-11) March 11, 1993
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school Perspectives Charter
(Chicago, Illinois)
College Kentucky (2011–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
Pro career 2012–present
Career history
2012–present New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Anthony Marshon Davis, Jr. (born March 11, 1993)[1][2] is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays power forward and Center (basketball). Davis played college basketball for the University of Kentucky for one season before being selected first overall in the 2012 NBA draft by New Orleans. That summer, he earned a gold medal playing with Team USA at the 2012 Summer Olympics. After his rookie season, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. The next season, he became an NBA All-Star for the first time and led the NBA in blocked shots per game.

In Davis' only season at Kentucky, he was a unanimous first team All-American and the Consensus National Player of the Year. He also won Freshman, Defensive Player and Big Man of the Year. Davis led the NCAA in blocks and set Southeastern Conference and NCAA Division I freshman single-season blocked shots records. Davis led Kentucky to a National Championship and was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament.

Contents

  • High school career 1
  • College career 2
    • Watchlists 2.1
    • Honors and awards 2.2
      • National 2.2.1
      • Conference 2.2.2
    • Records 2.3
    • College statistics 2.4
  • Professional career 3
    • New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans 3.1
      • 2012–13 season 3.1.1
      • 2013–14 season 3.1.2
      • 2014–15 season 3.1.3
  • NBA career statistics 4
    • Regular season 4.1
  • International career 5
  • Personal life 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

High school career

Davis is from the South Side of Chicago and played high school basketball for Perspectives Charter School,[3] where he had attended school since sixth grade.[4] The team plays in a division of the Chicago Public High School League, known as the Blue Division, that is ignored by the media because of its lower level of competition.[5][6] Perspectives is a charter school that operates as a math and science academy with high academic pedigree, but minimal athletic success.[7][8] The school had no gymnasium and Davis' middle school basketball teams practiced at a nearby church.[6] In junior high school, he was known as "the little guy who would shoot threes from the corner".[5] He ended his freshman year at a height of 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m).[5] By the beginning of his sophomore year, he had grown another 1 inch (2.5 cm), and he finished the year at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m).[5][9]

"The Chicago Sun-Times covered nearly 700 boys high school basketball games last season. Anthony Davis, who just might be the best high school player in the country, didn't play in any of them."

—Michael O'Brien, Chicago Sun-Times (August 5, 2010).[5]

As an unheralded guard after his sophomore season, he worked out with his cousins on guard drills that their father (Davis' uncle) had developed.[10] Davis did not play in the spring/summer AAU circuit between 8th grade and his junior year.[7] He began his junior year at a height of 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) and his junior basketball season at 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m),[5][9] saying he felt fortunate to have had such a rapid growth spurt without any knee pains.[11] During his junior year, his family considered having him transfer to one of Chicago's basketball powerhouses, but Hyde Park Career Academy head coach Donnie Kirksey, who knew Davis, Sr. well, advised against it saying "If you're good enough, they'll find you wherever you are."[5] Perspectives finished the season 8–15.[5] Although he remained unnoticed nationally and locally after three seasons of Chicago Public League play,[4][12] he was soon thereafter rated as the #1 player in the class of 2011 by Scout.com[13] and in the ESPNU 100.[14] Rivals.com rated him the #2 player behind Austin Rivers.[15] The attention came when he started playing on Tai Streets' Meanstreets (AAU team) traveling system in the spring of his junior year.[5] As late as Spring 2010 he was still unknown, but began to be noticed in mid April.[5] In late April, Syracuse offered him a scholarship.[4] That spring NBA Top 100 Camp Director Dave Telep, invited him to the camp based on his dominant first half performance of the first game of the Fort Wayne, Indiana Spiece Fieldhouse event.[16] That summer his talent was attention-grabbing.[10] In August 2010, Davis played in the Nike Global Challenge in Hillsboro, Oregon. In the opening game, he had 23 points and 9 rebounds.[17]

Davis verbally committed to Kentucky on August 13, 2010, amid "pay for play" rumors,[15][18] choosing it over his other finalists, which were DePaul, Ohio State, and Syracuse.[19] He had officially visited DePaul and Ohio State.[18] On August 24, 2010, he became the number one rated player in the national class of 2011 at Scout.com.[20] The pay-for-play scandal had played out very publicly in the press. Before Davis committed to Kentucky, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that his father, Anthony Davis, Sr. asked Kentucky for $200,000 for a commitment from his son.[21] The report was initially released on Wednesday August 4, 2010 by Sun-Times reporter Michael O'Brien.[22] Citing "a reliable source," he posted the following text "rumors/sources that have Davis choosing Kentucky are also alleging that the commitment cost $200,000." before it was edited to say "rumors that Davis' commitment is for sale have surfaced since he cut his list of schools down about a month ago." and then removed later that day from the Sun-Times' high school sports website following a threat from a University of Kentucky lawyer.[23] A Lexington, Kentucky law firm sent a letter under the signature of attorney Stephen L. Barker that expressed a "formal demand that you (O'Brien and the Sun-Times) withdraw the publication from any source from which it has been published, and issue an immediate statement that you know of no credible evidence indicating that there is any truth to the 'rumors' referred to in your article."[2] Baker's letter also threatened potential "punitive damages for your malicious and willful actions."[23] Anthony Davis Sr. declined to speak to the Chicago Tribune on August 4 regarding the allegation, although he denied the allegations to the Sun-Times stating "We haven't asked anyone for anything, and no one has offered us anything," on July 30 before the story broke.[23]

The article was reposted on the Sun-Times' website and included in the print edition on Friday August 6 where O'Brien wrote "sources from three separate universities told the Sun-Times that Davis Sr. asked for money in return for his son's commitment, with the amounts ranging from $125,000 to $150,000."[22][24][25] The University of Kentucky and the Davis family both threatened to sue the Sun-Times over the article,[22][26] however, no lawsuits were filed by Kentucky or the Davis family. The Davises and Kentucky claim the restated publication was false.[27] Illinois' one-year statute of limitations on libel cases expired before any lawsuits were filed.[6]

Davis signed his Louisville), Mycheal Henry (Orr/Illinois), and Jabari Parker (Simeon/Duke).[30] By that time, he stood at 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m).[5][9] According to Rodger Bohn of SLAM Magazine who saw him play more than 10 times, Davis retained his guard instincts after his growth spurt.[31] Despite Davis' individual prowess, Perspectives began the season with a 0–6 record.[32] He sat out one of those games with minor forearm and leg injuries.[33] It took a near quadruple double on December 15, 2010 against Benito Juarez Community Academy, when he posted 32 points, 21 rebounds, 11 assists and 9 blocked shots for the team to earn its first victory in its seventh game.[9][34] The team's subsequent game against Whitney M. Young Magnet High School played at Chicago State University was nationally televised on ESPNU.[35] Later in the season, he missed some games due to a sprained right thumb.[36] Despite losing approximately three-quarters of its regular season games, Perspective earned a Class 3A regional play-in game victory against Noble Street Charter High School in the Illinois High School Association state playoffs when Davis totaled 33 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 blocked shots and 4 steals.[37] However, after losing the subsequent regional semifinal game to King College Prep High School the team finished with a 6–19 record.[38] Despite his growth, he continued to perform much of the role of a guard by bringing the ball up the court and shooting outside shots.[39] For the season, he averaged 32 points, 22 rebounds and 7 blocks.[19]

Davis at Jordan Brand Classic (2011-04-19)

In high school, Davis earned numerous honors for his basketball abilities including being named to the 2011 McDonald's All-American Game and the 10th annual Jordan Brand Classic.[40][41] Although he had not been rated in the Mr. Basketball USA poll to end the 2009–10 season, he began the 2010–11 season ranked fifth, which was the highest of previously unranked players and finished the season fourth behind Rivers, Mike Gilchrist (now known as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) and Bradley Beal.[42][43] He joined those three and James Michael McAdoo as first team USA Today All-USA high school basketball team selections.[44][45] He was a first team Parade All-American.[46] He was also a first team All-American selection by SLAM Magazine (along with Gilchrist, Rivers, Beal, Quincy Miller and Marquis Teague) and Dime Magazine (along with Gilchrist, Rivers, Beal and Myles Mack).[47][48] He was a first team selection to the ESPN Rise boys' high school basketball All-American team.[49] However, in the statewide voting for the Illinois Mr. Basketball by coaches and media, he only placed fourth behind co-winners Boatright and Chasson Randle (Rock Island/Stanford) and third-place finisher Blackshear.[50] Those four and Abdel Nader (Niles North/underclassman) formed the Chicago Tribune All-State first team.[51] The Chicago Sun-Times selected him as a Class 3A first team All-State selection along with Blackshear.[52] The Chicago Sun-Times selected him as an all-Public League selection along with Blackshear, Parker, Henry and D. J. Tolliver.[53] The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association included him in the Class 3A/4A boys all-state first team.[54]

In the March 30, 2011 McDonald's All-American Game, in front of a hometown crowd at the United Center, he made his first five field goals on his way to a 14-point, 6-rebound, 2-steal and 4-block performance.[55][56] In the April 9 Nike Hoops Summit, Davis led the USA Basketball team to a 92–80 victory over the world team with a team-high 10 rebounds to go along with 16 points and 2 blocks.[57][58] He was named co-MVP of the April 16 Jordan Brand Classic game (along with McAdoo) after posting 29 points (on 13-for-15 shooting), 11 rebounds and 4 blocks in a losing effort.[59][60] Davis' 29 points was the second-highest point total in the first 10 years of the Jordan Brand Classic, following only LeBron James' 34-point performance.[60]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Anthony Davis
F
Chicago, Illinois Perspectives Charter School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Aug 13, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1   Rivals: 2, 1 (PF)  ESPN: 1
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Kentucky 2011 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  • "2011 Kentucky Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  • "2011 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 

College career

Davis played at Kentucky for head coach John Calipari.

Davis committed to the Kentucky Wildcats, coached by John Calipari. Before his college career began, he was being mentioned as the NBA draft first overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft.[61][62][63] In late February Dick Vitale mentioned the possibility that Davis might complete the men's college basketball awards Grand Slam of National Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft."[39] During the exhibition portion of the season for the 2011–12 Wildcats, Calipari described Davis as follows: "He’s 6–10 with a 7–3 wingspan and he can shoot the 3 and dribble the ball and lead the break. . ."[64] Less than a month into the season, ESPN's Andy Katz described him similarly: "Davis offers a multitude of skills for the Wildcats with his ability to block shots, run the floor, score in the low post and face up to the basket."[65] Since Calipari had coached Marcus Camby, who was also a tall shot-blocker, Davis drew comparisons to Camby.[65] ESPN selected Davis as a preseason All-American along with teammate Terrence Jones.[66] Some sources, such as Blue Ribbon, selected Connecticut's Andre Drummond as the preseason Freshman/Newcomer of the Year ahead of Davis,[67][68] although Davis was the only freshman on the ESPN 10-man preseason team.[69] Davis only received one vote for the Associated Press preseason All-America team.[70]

"Anthony is a tremendous shot blocker with great size and length. He can make 3-pointers, dribble the ball and he can get up and down the court faster than some of our guards because of his long, looping strides. He's a different player than Marcus Camby, but he's physically ahead of where Marcus was to start his freshman season."

Kentucky head coach John Calipari.[19]

After most of the pre-conference schedule but before the 2011–12 Southeastern Conference men's basketball schedule, Davis' teammate, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was mentioned as a possible Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year.[71] However, after less than a month of Southeastern Conference play, Davis was not only being mentioned as conference player of the year, but also National Player of the Year.[72] By mid February, he was considered a National Player of the Year front-runner with his primary competition coming from Thomas Robinson of Kansas.[73] As the season progressed, he continued to battle Robinson while developing a college level offensive game.[74][75] Davis averaged a double double and 6.5 blocks in the two games (November 15, 2011 and April 2, 2012) in which the two players opposed each other, both on neutral courts.[76][76] Davis led the Wildcats to a perfect 16–0 record in conference play en route to the SEC conference regular season championship.[77] Davis finished the year with averages of 14.2 points per game, 10.4 rebounds per game, 4.7 blocks per game and a field goal percentage of 62.3%.[78] The Wildcats entered the SEC Tournament as heavy favorites and defeated LSU and Florida before losing to the Vanderbilt Commodores in the championship game.[77] Despite the loss, the Wildcats earned the number one overall seed in the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[79] In the Wildcats' six NCAA Tournament games, Davis averaged 15.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 4.6 blocks per game, and led the team to its eighth NCAA championship.[80][81]

Watchlists

On October 20, 2011, Davis was one of three Kentucky Wildcats named to the 12-man preseason watchlist for the 2012 Wayman Tisdale Award along with Kidd-Gilchrist, and Teague.[82] On November 7, 2011, he was selected to the 50-man preseason 2012 Naismith College Player of the Year Award watchlist by the Atlanta Tipoff Club along with three Kentucky teammates (Jones, Kidd-Gilchrist, and Teague).[83] Davis was included on the 25-man John R. Wooden Award Midseason list on January 17.[84] On February 6, Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist were both included on the 20-player 2012 Oscar Robertson Trophy midseason watch list.[85] Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist were both among the five March 1 finalists for the 2012 Wayman Tisdale Award, which the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) will award to the nation's top freshman player via a March 30 announcement and April 16 presentation.[86] On March 1, Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist were both named to the 30-player midseason Naismith watchlist.[87] On March 6, Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist moved on to the final 15 nominees for the Wooden Award.[88] As a USBWA first team All-American selection on March 12, he became one of five finalists for the Robertson Trophy.[89] On March 19, he became one of four finalists for the Naismith Award.[90] Davis was named as one of 10 finalists for the Wooden Award, a designation termed as Wooden All-American.[91]

Honors and awards

National

External images
Sports IllustratedDavis on March 19, 2012 cover of
Sports IllustratedDavis on April 9, 2012 cover of
SLAM MagazineDavis on July 2011 cover of
SLAM MagazineDavis on August 2012 cover of

Davis was named the 2012 Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year.[92] On March 19, he won the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's (USBWA) Robertson trophy.[93][94] The Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky named Davis the Adolph Rupp Trophy winner on March 22.[95] CBSSports.com recognized Davis as their national player of the year.[96] On March 30, he became the second freshman (Kevin Durant) to win the Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year.[97] On March 31, he won the John R. Wooden Award.[98] The following day he won the Naismith College Player of the Year.[99] He was Kentucky's first Naismith winner and the first from the SEC in 42 years (Pete Maravich).[100]

Davis was named to the 2012 Sporting News All-American first team.[92] He was also named first team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association.[89] On March 20, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) chose him as a first team All-American.[101] Davis was a CBSSports.com first team All-American.[96] Davis was named a first team Associated Press All-American, making him a unanimous first team All-American selection.[102]

During the 2012 NCAA Tournament, Davis was selected to the NCAA South Regional All-Tournament Team.[103] Then, in the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament final four, he posted 18 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks against Louisville.[104] In the championship game, he had 16 rebounds, 6 blocks, 5 assists, 3 steals and 6 points against Kansas.[76] He won the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player and was selected to that All-Tournament team.[105] He was the fourth freshman to win the Most Outstanding Player award.[106]

Davis was named the

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
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  • ESPN.com Profile
  • Articles at Chicago Tribune

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  123. ^ "(2) Kentucky 65 (17–1, 3–0 SEC), Tennessee 62 (8–9, 1–2 SEC)".  
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  164. ^ "Hornets 85 (21-42, 10-22 away); Grizzlies 96 (42-19, 25-8 home)".  
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  179. ^ "Carter-Williams, Love named Players of the Week".  
  180. ^ "Anthony Davis has career game to lift Pelicans over Lakers".  
  181. ^ "Davis powers Pelicans to 135-98 rout of 76ers".  
  182. ^ "Davis leads Pelicans past Jazz 105-98".  
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  192. ^ "Davis powers Pelicans past Magic, 100-92".  
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  194. ^ "Davis dominates as Pelicans beat Cavs 100-89".  
  195. ^ "Kevin Love scores 30, grabs 14 boards as Timberwolves break .500".  
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  205. ^ "Notebook: Pelicans 121, Celtics 120 (OT)".  
  206. ^ "Bobcats' Jefferson, Clippers' Griffin names Players of the Week".  
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  208. ^ "Evans leads Pelicans over Jazz 102-95".  
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References

On June 15, 2012, he signed with Arn Tellem and the Wasserman Media Group as his agents.[228] Davis trademarked his unibrow sayings "Fear The Brow" and "Raise The Brow" in June 2012.[229][230]

He has cousins named Jarvis, Marshaun and Keith Chamberlain. Keith has played professional basketball in Germany and Latvia and their father, Keith Sr., served as Davis' elementary school athletic director.[10]

Davis is the son of Anthony Davis, Sr.[23] Davis, Sr. is 6 foot 3 inches (1.91 m) and his mother, Erainer, is 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m).[227] He has a twin sister, Antoinette and an older sister, Iesha who plays basketball at Daley College.[6][227]

Personal life

Davis is also a member of the 2014 United States FIBA Basketball World Cup team.[225] The team won the gold medal in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup over Serbia on September 14.[226]

On May 2, 2012, following a rash of injuries to players who had been on the 20-man Team USA basketball roster in January (notably center Dwight Howard), Davis was named as one of the finalists for the 2012 Olympic basketball team. Davis, along with Greg Monroe, was under consideration to fill the vacancy at center resulting from Howard's injury. Davis would be the first American player since Emeka Okafor (2004) to have competed in the Olympics without any prior NBA experience.[221] By the beginning of July, he was one of six players (along with Blake Griffin, James Harden, Rudy Gay, Andre Iguodala and Eric Gordon) competing for the final three roster spots, according to USA Basketball director Jerry Colangelo.[222] Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love, Griffin and Davis were the only true post players among the final 15.[222] It was reported that Davis "suffered a severely sprained ankle in a workout" on June 30 and "almost assuredly [would] bypass a chance to play for Team USA [that] summer in the London Olympics."[223] On July 12, 2012, however, he was selected for the 2012 USA men's basketball roster after Blake Griffin suffered an injury to the same knee he injured in the 2012 NBA Playoffs.[224] That team went undefeated in the 2012 Olympic tournament in London and won the gold medal match over Spain.

Davis with the 2012 U.S. Olympic team
Davis fields a question from Matt Winer at the 2014 World Basketball Festival with Team USA.

International career

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 New Orleans 69 60 28.8 .516 .000 .751 8.2 1.0 1.2 1.8 13.5
2013–14 New Orleans 67 66 35.2 .519 .222 .791 10.1 1.6 1.3 2.8 20.8
2014–15 New Orleans 17 17 36.8 .568 .000 .762 11.5 1.9 2.3 3.1 25.2
Career 147 142 32.6 .523 .095 .777 9.4 1.3 1.4 2.4 18.1
All-Star 1 0 10.0 .833 .000 .000 1.0 .0 2.0 .0 10.0

Regular season

Led the league

NBA career statistics

Davis began the 2014–15 NBA season against the Orlando Magic with one of the best season opening performances of all time: 26 points, 17 rebounds, 9 blocks, 3 steals and 2 assists. It was the first 9-block season opener since Nate Thurmond had 12 to open the 1974–75 NBA season. The performance also marked the first 26-point/17-rebound/9-block/3-steal opening effort since Hakeem Olajuwon during the 1989–90 NBA season.[216] On November 8, against the San Antonio Spurs, he posted 27 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks, including the gamewinning basket with 6.6 seconds remaining. It marked the 5th time Davis had 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks since the beginning of the prior season. No other player has had multiple such games in that time.[217] On November 22, Davis scored a career-high 43 points along with 14 rebounds against the Utah Jazz.[218] He was a finalist for October/November Western Conference Player of the Month.[219] On December 2, Davis fell one assist and one block short of a Five-by-five (25 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 6 Stl, 4 Blk) against the Oklahoma City Thunder.[220]

2014–15 season

In late March, Davis began suffering a series of injuries. On March 28, Davis injured his left ankle, after four minutes of play against the Jazz.[208] He missed the rest of the game and the next one.[209] Davis returned to the lineup on March 31 against Sacramento.[210] However, on April 2, Davis endured back spasms that caused him to miss the second half against the Nuggets.[211] Davis saw limited minutes on April 4 and missed a game on April 9 due to his back.[212] On April 10, the team announced that Davis would miss the remaining 4 games.[213] Davis finished the season as the NBA leader in blocked shots per game (2.82).[214] Because of his improved performance this season against his rookie season, Davis ended up being third place in the NBA Most Improved Player Award voting behind Lance Stephenson and Goran Dragić.[215]

Davis returned to the lineup on December 18 against the Los Angeles Clippers with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 3 steals.[187] He returned to the starting lineup in the next game with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal against Portland on December 21. He missed 7 games due to the injury.[188][189] In his seventh consecutive 20-point game (all losses), Davis posted 31 points and 17 rebounds against Golden State.[190] In the subsequent game on January 20, he helped the Pelicans snap an 8-game losing streak with 27 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks against Memphis.[191] On January 26, Davis established a new career high with 19 rebounds, in addition to posting 22 points and 7 blocks, in a 100–92 victory over the Orlando Magic.[192] On January 27, Davis was a finalist for NBA Western Conference player of the week but lost out to Kevin Durant.[193] The January 28 contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers featuring the last three first overall NBA draft picks (Anthony Bennett, Davis, and Kyrie Irving), Davis posted 30 points, 8 blocks , 7 rebounds and 3 assists.[194] However, he dislocated his left index finger causing him to miss the next game the following night.[195] On January 29, he was named a Rising Stars Challenge participant as part of the 2014 NBA All-Star Game weekend.[196] On February 7, he was selected to replace Kobe Bryant in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.[197] On February 26, Davis sprained his left shoulder late in the first half against the Dallas Mavericks. He did not play in the rest of the game, and his subsequent availability was listed as day-to-day.[198][199][200] Despite his shoulder sprain, Davis matched his career high with 32 points on February 28 against the Phoenix Suns.[201] He was one of six Western Conference Player of the Week nominees on March 10.[202] On March 14, Davis established a career high with 36 points against Portland.[203] On March 16, 2014 (the very next game) Davis scored a career high 40 points along with a career high 21 rebounds in a 121 to 120 overtime win against the Boston Celtics. The performance was the first 40-point/20-rebound effort of the 2013–14 NBA season. Davis was the 4th youngest player (21 years and 5 days) to achieve 40/20 in a game and the youngest since Shaquille O'Neal in 1993.[204] In addition to his career game, Davis set a New Orleans' franchise record with six straight games of at least 28 points. Glen Rice set the previous best stretch with five straight in the 1990s. It was also the first 40-point performance by a Pelican/Hornet since David West on February 26, 2010.[205] Davis was again a finalist for NBA Player of the Week on March 17 and March 24.[206][207]

Davis looks for a pass on January 1, 2014

Davis began the 2013–14 NBA season with the newly-renamed Pelicans with a pair of double-doubles, posting 20 points and 12 rebounds against Indiana on October 30[176] and 26 points and 17 rebounds against Orlando on November 1.[177] In the Orlando game, Davis became the youngest player in franchise history to record 25 points and 15 rebounds in a game.[177] In the third game of the season against Charlotte on November 2, Davis established career-highs with 6 blocks and 6 steals, while helping New Orleans to its first victory. He also became the first player with 6 blocks, 6 steals and 25 points in a game in the last 20 years and only the fifth with at least 5 blocks, 5 steals and 25 points in that period.[178] For the week, Davis earned an NBA Player of the Week nomination, but lost out to Kevin Love.[179] On November 8, against the Los Angeles Lakers, Davis scored a career-high 32 points and tied a career high with 6 blocks.[180] On November 16, he established a new career high with 8 blocks against Philadelphia.[181] He again had 8 blocks on November 20 against the Utah Jazz. With 2 8-block games in the Pelican's first 11 games of the 2013–14 NBA season Davis matched the number of 8-block games that Roy Hibbert had at that time in the 2012–13 and 2013–14 NBA seasons combined. No other players had 2 8-block games as recently.[182] According to ESPN, while drawing a charging foul from Amar'e Stoudamire, Davis suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left hand in the first quarter against the New York Knicks on December 1.[183] Yahoo! Sports claims the injury came on an attempted alley oop.[184] On December 3, the Pelicans announced a 4-6 week layoff was expected.[185] The injury came the night before he was supposed to play in his hometown of Chicago, marking the second year in a row that he was sidelined for his chance to play in his hometown.[186]

Davis shoots a free throw on January 1, 2014

2013–14 season

After the 2012–13 season, the Hornets renamed themselves the Pelicans.[173] Davis donated $65,000 toward the construction of a basketball court at his alma mater, Perspectives.[174][175] On October 16, 2013, during the preseason of Davis' sophomore year for the 2013–14 New Orleans Pelicans', the Pelicans exercised the team's 3rd-year option on Davis' contract.[170]

As a rookie, he proved to be mostly a pick and roll threat on offense, but was effective in fast break transition and on the offensive boards. He needed to develop his isolation and post-up skills.[171] His rookie skill set was said to resemble a young Lamar Odom, but he added over 10 pounds (4.5 kg) following his rookie season.[172]

Davis appeared in the February 15, 2013 Rising Stars Challenge during the 2013 NBA All-Star Game weekend.[161] Davis was removed from the Hornets' lineup on February 27 following a collision with Brook Lopez the prior night in which he sprained his left shoulder.[162] On March 5, Davis returned to the starting lineup with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocked shots against the Orlando Magic.[163] On March 9, Davis established a career high in rebounds with 18 to go along with 20 points against the Memphis Grizzlies.[164] On March 20, Davis tipped in the game-winning basket over Kevin Garnett against the Boston Celtics with 0.3 seconds remaining.[165] On April 10, Davis suffered a season-ending left knee medial collateral ligament sprain and bone bruise.[166] He was injured in a collision with Marcus Thornton of the Sacramento Kings.[167] He was a 2013 NBA All-Rookie First Team selection,[168] and finished second in NBA Rookie of the Year voting (with 306 points) to Damian Lillard (605).[169] His 20 double-doubles was the most in his rookie class.[170]

On November 1, 2012, Davis made his debut against the San Antonio Spurs. He scored a team high 21 in a losing effort.[152] On November 2, Davis suffered a concussion that sidelined him for 2 and a half games until November 9.[153][154] In his November 9 return, he posted his first double double with 23 points and 11 rebounds as well as 5 blocks, 2 steals and 2 assists in a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.[155] On November 17, he totaled 28 points and 11 rebounds against the Milwaukee Bucks.[156] On November 20, Davis was announced to be out of the lineup for "a stress reaction" on his ankle.[157] He was cleared to play on December 11, 2012 after missing 11 games.[158][159] On December 18, he posted a career high 4 steals to go along with 15 points and a then career-high 16 rebounds against the Golden State Warriors in his first start since being disabled on November 20.[160]

2012–13 season

Davis declared for the 2012 NBA Draft alongside the rest of the national championship team starting five: fellow freshmen Kidd-Gilchrist and Teague, and sophomores Jones and Doron Lamb.[147] At the 2012 NBA Draft Combine, Davis measured at 6 feet 9.25 inches (2.06 m), 221.8 pounds (100.6 kg) and had the second longest wingspan—7 feet 5.5 inches (2.27 m) of any player participating.[148] On June 28, the New Orleans Hornets selected Davis with the first overall pick.[149] Davis became the fifth Chicago-area first overall selection following Cazzie Russell (1966), LaRue Martin (1972), Mark Aguirre (1981) and Derrick Rose (2008).[150] On July 24, 2012, Davis signed a three-year $16 million guaranteed contract with the Hornets as prescribed by the NBA's collective bargaining agreement.[151]

Davis as a New Orleans Hornet

New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans

Professional career

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Kentucky 40 40 32.0 .623 .150 .709 10.4 1.3 1.3 4.7 14.2
Career 40 40 32.0 .623 .150 .709 10.4 1.3 1.3 4.7 14.2

College statistics

During the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, Davis blocked more shots per game than most Division I men's teams.[39][136] In the January 17 contest against Arkansas, Davis set the Kentucky men's basketball record for single-season blocked shots surpassing Melvin Turpin and Andre Riddick, who each had 83. In the game, he established a career high with 27 points and added 14 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.[137] On February 4, against South Carolina, Davis established the SEC freshman record with 116 blocks surpassing Shaquille O'Neal's total set for LSU.[112] One of the most notable blocks of the season was a block of John Henson with four seconds left to preserve a 73–72 victory when number one Kentucky hosted number five North Carolina on December 3.[138][139] On March 15, Davis established a Kentucky single-game record for the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament by blocking 7 against Western Kentucky.[140] On March 25, Davis established the SEC single-season blocked shots record in the NCAA Tournament South Regional Championship game victory over Baylor,[103] surpassing Jarvis Varnado's total of 169.[141] On March 31, he tied DeMarcus Cousins with 20 double doubles for the Kentucky freshman-season record.[142] He also surpassed Cousins' Kentucky freshman rebounds record of 374 with 415 rebounds.[143][144][145] With six blocks in the championship game, he achieved a total of 186 for the season, surpassing Hassan Whiteside's 2010 total of 182, to set an NCAA Division I freshman record. This also tied the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Game record for blocks established by Joakim Noah in the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[146] Starting in the championship game gave him a total of 40 starts for the season, which tied Kentucky's single-season record along with teammate Marquis Teague.[146]

Records

He was also selected as the SEC Player of the Year, SEC Freshman of the Year, SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a first team All-SEC honoree.[131] The SEC awards were selected by the league's 12 coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players. Thus, no awards are unanimous.[132] Sporting News also selected him as Freshman and Player of the Year for the SEC.[133] Also, the Associated Press selected him as Player and Newcomer of the Year for the SEC as well as an All-SEC performer.[134] Following the 2012 SEC tournament, he was selected to the SEC All-Tournament Team.[135]

[75] described his SEC title-clinching performance as the most complete performance of his career.Andy Katz's ESPN [130] The February 25 win against Vanderbilt clinched the 2011–12 SEC championship for Kentucky as Davis tallied a career-high 28 points as well as 11 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.[129][128][113] and over Vanderbilt.Mississippi State For Davis' second POTW he posted a pair of double doubles to average 20.5 points, 11 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and two steals in wins at [127][126][112].South Carolina He earned his first POTW recognition for averaging 20 points, eight rebounds, 7.5 blocks and 2 assists in wins over Tennessee and at [125][124][117] He earned his first FOTW honor for debuting with a double double, including 23 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks and 3 assists against [117][116][115][114] and four times, when he was not Player of the Week, he earned SEC  Freshman of the Week (FOTW) honors (11/14/2011, 1/2/2012, 1/16/2012, and 3/5/2012).[113][112] Davis twice earned SEC Player of the Week (POTW) honors (Week of February 6 and 27, 2012)

Davis as a Wildcat

Conference

[111] as Freshman of the Year.Kyle Macy Award as Defensive Player of the Year and the Lefty Driesell Award recognized him with the CollegeInsider.com [110].NABC Defensive Player of the Year and the Pete Newell Big Man Award On April 1, he was also awarded the [109] Davis was a first team selection to the NABC Division I All‐District 21 team on March 14.[108]

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