At the ripe young age of 21 Anthony Davis is a College Basketball National Champion and an Olympic Gold Medalist. He has reached the top of the mountain twice already and he’s just getting started. The fact that he was both “Player of the Year” and “Freshmen of the Year” already sets him ahead of the pack when it comes to gaudy accolades and a trophy case that needs its own wing or perhaps it’s own museum. A freshmen that received Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Freshmen of the Year, Final Four MOP, National Title Winner and a Gold Medal? That’s Anthony Davis, and only Anthony Davis. If he remains healthy, he could be an eventual NBA MVP, NBA champion, and perhaps could chase the great Kareem in total All-Star game appearances. There is a lot that he could accomplish if things go the way they have gone to this point for Davis, but, let’s wait for that to unfold. For now, let’s look at what he’s done to date. Remember, he’s just getting started.
Anthony Davis (95) and Michael Jordan (91) are the only 2 players over the last 50 years to score 90 points in their team’s first 2 games. pic.twitter.com/81IDQ0regw
— ESPN (@espn) October 29, 2016
UPDATED: 10/26/2016 (We need to update some other things on this page, but, here’s one for now)
In his first career playoff series, Davis averaged 31.5 points and 11.0 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game. Davis joined Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Karl Malone as the only players in the past 20 seasons to average 30 points and 10 rebounds in the playoffs. Davis also became the first player in 40 years to average 30 points and 10 rebounds in a player’s first playoff series, with the only other players to do so being Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bob McAdoo.
The NBA announced that the 22-year-old has been named to the 2014-2015 All-NBA first team, the initial time Davis has been selected to any of the three All-NBA teams.
Here are some of the other notable first-time achievements by Davis during the 2014-15 campaign:
- He appeared in the NBA playoffs after leading the Pelicans to a 45-37 mark, the franchise’s first winning season since 2010-11.
- He was named an All-Star Game starter.
- He led the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating, with the 11th-best final number of all time in that advanced statistic.
- He was selected a Western Conference Player of the Week.
- He was voted to one of the two All-Defense teams, picked for the league’s second team, after leading the NBA in blocks for a second straight season.
- NBA All-Star (2014)
- NBA All-Rookie First Team (2013)
- NBA blocks per game leader (2014)
- NCAA champion (2012)
- NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2012)
- Consensus National Player of the Year (2012)
- Consensus first team All-American (2012)
- NABC Defensive Player of the Year (2012)
- USBWA National Freshman of the Year (2012)
- SEC Player of the Year (2012)
- Davis was named the 2012 Sporting News Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year.
- On March 19, he won the U.S. Basketball Writers Association‘s Robertson trophy.
- The Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky named Davis the Adolph Rupp Trophy winner on March 22.
- CBSSports.com recognized Davis as their national player of the year.
- On March 30, he became the second freshman (Kevin Durant) to win the Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year.
- On March 31, he won the John R. Wooden Award.
- The following day he won the Naismith College Player of the Year.
- He was Kentucky’s first Naismith winner and the first from the SEC in 42 years (Pete Maravich).
- Davis was named to the 2012 Sporting News All-American first team.
- He was also named first team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association.
- On March 20, the National Association of Basketball Coaches chose him as a first team All-American.
- Davis was a CBSSports.com first team All-American.
- Davis was named a first team Associated Press All-American, making him a unanimous first team All-American selection.
- During the 2012 NCAA Tournament, Davis was selected to the NCAA South Regional All-Tournament Team.
- Then, in the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament final four, he posted 18 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks against Louisville.
- In the championship game, he had 16 rebounds, 6 blocks, 5 assists, 3 steals and 6 points against Kansas.
- He won the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player and was selected to that All-Tournament team.
- He was the fourth freshman to win the Most Outstanding Player award.
- Davis was named the USBWA National Freshman of the Year.
- He was selected by the USBWA as the Player of the Year for its 10-man 2011–12 Men’s All-District IV (Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida) Team.
- Davis was a first team selection to the NABC Division I All‐District 21 team on March 14.
- On April 1, he was also awarded the Pete Newell Big Man Award and the NABC Defensive Player of the Year.
- CollegeInsider.com recognized him with the Lefty Driesell Award as Defensive Player of the Year and the Kyle Macy Award as Freshman of the Year.
- During the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season, Davis blocked more shots per game than most Division I men’s teams.
- 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.
- On February 4, against South Carolina, Davis established the SEC freshman record with 116 blocks surpassing Shaquille O’Neal‘s total set for LSU.
- 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.
- On March 25, Davis established the SEC single-season blocked shots record in the NCAA Tournament South Regional Championship game victory over Baylor, surpassing Jarvis Varnado‘s total of 169.
- On March 31, he tied DeMarcus Cousins with 20 double doubles for the Kentucky freshman-season record. He also surpassed Cousins’ Kentucky freshman rebounds record of 374 with 415 rebounds.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gold Medal in 2012 as part of the Olympic team in the Olympic games in London.
And he’s just getting started…