Anthony Davis, popularly known by his nickname “The Brow” is a professional Basketball player. He now plays in the NBA for the New Orleans Hornets. The NBA is besieged yearly with an influx of young talents skilled in diverse aspects of the game—promising acts set to take up the legacy of the likes of LeBron James, Michael Jordan and others, yet making a name for themselves as masters in their special ways. Anthony Davis is one basketball star who has shown us over the years the exceptional attribute and unique flair he possesses for the game of basketball. This Olympian is a player of wit, calculating on the court, endearing to fans and always with a drive to win. We discuss the life of this sportsman in our Anthony Davis biography facts, childhood and personal life.
Get ready as we take you on a rollercoaster ride on Davis’ journey to basketball stardom.
|Full Name:||Anthony Marshon Davis Jr.|
|Nicknames:||The Brow, AD, BROW|
|Born:||March 11, 1993 (age 26)|
|Place of Birth:||Chicago, Illinois United States of America|
|Height:||6 feet, 11 inches|
|Weight:||254 Ibs (115 kg)|
|Education:||Perspectives Charter High School, University of Kentucky|
|Parents:||Anthony Davis Sr. (father), Erainer Davis (mother)|
|Net Worth:||$35 million|
|Current Team:||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Playing Career:||2012 – present|
Anthony Davis Childhood and Early Life
Born on March 11, 1993, to Anthony Davis Sr. (father) and Erainer Davis (mother) in Chicago, Illinois. Davis has a twin sister named Antoinette and an elder sister who also is a basketball player. Davis’ 6 feet, 11 inches height can be attributed to his father who is also six feet tall.
Anthony Davis Basketball Career
High School Career
Davis played high school basketball for the Perspectives Charter School who competed in the Blue Division (Chicago Public High School League) which he attended. Being a charter school with a primary focus on Math and Science with high academy pedigree, little attention was given to athletics. Davis and his friends practised basketball at a nearby church because his school didn’t have a gymnasium. Davis stood at a height of 6 feet 0 inches at the end of his freshman year. At the beginning of his sophomore year, he had added 1 more inch and finally ended the year at 6 feet 4 inches. His junior year saw him rise to 6 feet 7 inches at the onset and 6 feet 8 inches at the end of the year.
Davis’ family considered transferring Davis to one of Chicago basketball powerhouses but later decided against it after advised by Hyde Park Career Academy head coach Donnie Kirksey. Despite the fact that Davis was anonymous nationally and locally after playing three seasons in the Blue Division, he was ranked no.1 player in the class 2011 by Scout.com and in the ESPNU 100. He was ranked no.2 behind Austin Rivers by Rivals.com. He began receiving attention on Tai Streets’ Meanstreets (AAU team) travelling system. Davis was offered scholarship by Syracuse before committing to Kentucky in August 2010. Davis was named to the 2011 McDonald’s All-American, first-team USA Today All-USA high school basketball team selection, first-team Parade All-American, first-team All-American by SLAM magazine, a first-team selection to the ESPN Rise boys’ high school basketball All-American team. Davis emerged fourth in the voting for the Illinois Mr Basketball.
Davis played for the Kentucky Wildcats. He was mentioned as the NBA draft first overall selection in the 2012 NBA draft. He was also selected by ESPN as a pre-season All-American. He was also the only freshman in the ESPN 10-man preseason team.
After less than one month of play, he was mentioned as a possible conference Player of the Year and National Player of the Year. He led the Wildcats to a perfect record of 16-0. The Kentucky Wildcats earned the number one overall seed in the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. Davis led the team to its eighth NCAA championship. He was named the 2012 Sporting News College Basketball Player of the Year, he won the U.S Basketball Writers Associations (USBWA) Robertson trophy while CBSSports.com named him their national player of the year. He also became the second freshman to win the Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year. Davis also bagged the Naismith College Player of the Year. Davis was also named first-team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and also CBSSports.com first-team All-American. In the 2012 NCAA Tournament, Davis won the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player and also was selected to the All-Tournament team, he was also named the USBWA National Freshman of the Year. The NABC Defensive Player of the Year award was also won by him.
New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (2012–present)
Alongside the starting five of the national championship team, the Kentucky Wildcats, Davis declared for the 2012 NBA draft. The New Orleans Pelicans selected Davis as its first overall pick, making him the fifth Chicago-area first overall selection. Davis agreed to a three-year contract worth a guaranteed $16 million on July 24, 2012. Davis debuted for the Hornets on November 1, 2012, but was sidelined in subsequent games due to concussions, but returned to action after missing 11 games.
In the 2013 NBA All-Star Game weekend, he played in the Rising Stars Challenge. Davis was a 2013 NBA All-Rookie First Team selection in his Rookie year, he was also the first runner-up in NBA Rookie of the Year voting. In his second year with the Hornets, he earned an NBA Player of the Week nomination that week but lost to Kevin Love. He was also a finalist for the Western Conference Player of the Week but lost out to Kevin Durant.
During the 2014 NBA All-Star Game weekend, Davis competed in the Rising Star Challenge. He was picked to replace Kobe Bryant on February 7, in the 2014 All-Star Game, marking his first selection. Davis led the NBA in terms of blocks shots per game (2.82). Davis finished third in the NBA Most Improved Player Award.
In his debut appearance in the 2014–2015 season, Davis opening performance for the season was one of the best of all time posting 26 points, 17 rebounds,9 blocks, 3 steals and 2 assists against the Orlando Magic. After setting a franchise record of 437 career blocks. In a double-overtime game against the Denver Nuggets on March 15, he became the first NBA player to tally 36 points, 14 rebounds, 9 blocks and 7 assists in a game since blocks became a statistic in 1973. As a result, Davis received Western Player of the Week for games played from Monday, March 9 through Sunday, March 15 on March 16. He was also a finalist for Western Conference Player of the Week. The New Orleans Pelicans advanced to the playoffs where Davis joined the ranks of Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon and Karl Malone as the only players in the NBA to reach an average of 30 points and 10 rebounds in the playoff in the past 20 years. He also became the first player in 40 years to reach an average of 30 points and 10 rebounds in a player’s first playoff series.
At the end of the season, Davis came 4th in the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award voting, 5th in the NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting and sixth in the NBA Most Improved Player Award voting. Davis was also selected to the All-NBA First Team for the first time, becoming the first player to make the first team in his first three seasons since Derrick Rose in the 2010–2011 NBA season. Davis was also named to the NBA All-Defensive Team second team selection.
Davis signed a contract extension with the Pelicans worth $145 million in the 2015–2016 season. He was named to the NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge lineup. He joined the ranks of Shaquille O’Neal and Chris Webber as the only NBA players with 50 points and 20 rebounds in a game. Davis was ruled out of play for the remainder of the season after sustaining a knee injury and a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
In the 2017-2018 season, Davis was selected as a starter for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game marking his fourth selection and second as a starter. He was also picked as a participant in the NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge where he Davis broke Wilt Chamberlain record All-Star record high of 42 points in the NBA All-Star Game where he registered 52 points and 10 rebounds. Helping him in clinching the game’s Most Valuable Player award. At the end of the season, Davis replaced Rudy Gobert as the center of the All-NBA first team.
Davis was also named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the second time. In the 2017-2018 campaign, Davis posted 29 points, 11 rebounds in a 107-90 win over the San Antonio Spurs on November 22, 2017, which made him reach 7,938 career points toppling Chris Paul from second. Thus earning him Western Conference Player of the Week honours for games played from November 20-26. Davis was also named to the 2018 NBA All-Star Game as a starter on January 18. Davis recorded his second playoff appearance in the 2017-18 campaign. The Pelicans defeated the Portland Trailblazers, marking the Pelican Postseason win since 2011 and the first of Davis six-year career. The Pelicans were knocked out by the Golden State Warriors. At the end of the season, he was named to the first NBA All-Defensive First Team and earned his third All-NBA First team selections
National Team Career
Davis was named as one of the finalists for the U.S London 2012 Olympic basketball Team, after injuries to a player who had been on the 20-man team. Davis was the first American player to have competed in the Olympics without prior NBA experience. Davis was selected for the 2012 USA men’s basketball roster after Blake Griffin suffered injury. The U.S team won gold in the tournament. Davis was also a member of the national team that clinched gold in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Anthony Davis Personal Life
Davis has a twin sister Antoinette and an older sister, Lesha who plays basketball. He has a child with his baby mama.
Anthony Davis Famous Quotes
“I always tried hard to fit in, and then I figured out that I didn’t want to fit.”— Anthony Davis
“When people talk about the greatest ever, I want to be in that conversation. I’m nowhere close to it. But it’s where I’m going.”— Anthony Davis
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