Born11 March 1993
Anthony Davis is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. He plays the power forward and center positions. Davis’ 6 feet, 11 inches height can be attributed to his father who is also six feet tall.
Childhood & Early Life
Anthony Davis was born on March 11, 1993, in Chicago, Illinois. He is from a sports family background. Anthony Davis,Sr. and Erainer Davis are his parents. They are both over six feet tall. Davis has a twin sister named Antoinette and an elder sister who also is a basketball player. Anthony Davis has height of six feet and eleven inches. Davis’s height can be attributed to his genes.
He began his high school career at Perspectives Charter School in the Chicago. He was very active at school and loved to play basketball there. The school had no gymnasium and Davis' middle school basketball teams practice at a nearby church. During the early days of his high-school basketball, Davis remained unnoticed. By his junior year, he started performing brilliantly. In junior high school, he was known as "the little guy who would shoot threes from the corner". He ended his freshman year at a height of 6 feet 0 inches. 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.
Professional life and Career
Anthony Davis began his basketball career very early in life. While in high school, he was selected for the 2011 ‘McDonalds All-American Game,’ in which Davis scored 5 field goals. He was part of the ‘Parade All-America Boys Basketball Team’ first team, which was a great honor for high-school basketball players in the US. He was also included in the ‘ESPN RISE’ boys’ high school basketball ‘All-American’ first team in 2011. It was an honorary team comprising the best amateur basketball players.
Anthony Davis then attended the ‘University of Kentucky‘.He committed to the Kentucky Wildcats, coached by John Calipari. 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. Davis delivered impressive performances in his college days, too. 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.
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 February, 2013, Davis participated in the ‘Rising Stars Challenge’ during the ‘NBA All-Star Game’ weekend. He was sidelined due to a shoulder injury but returned to score 17 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots, against ‘Orlando Magic.’ He procured the second place in the run for the ‘NBA Rookie of the Year.’
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. 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. 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 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.
In the 2017-2018 season, Davis was selected as a starter for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game . 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.
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 is just 26 years old. He was reported to be dating his girlfriend Brittney Griner in 2013. He met her at a charity event. The couple later called off their relationship. Brittney is a basketball player currently playing for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women's National Basketball Association and in Russia for UMMC Ekaterinburg.
David is currently dating his girlfriend Marlen. David and Marlen recently had a daughter named Nala in May 2018. He is also rumored to have a child with his previous girlfriend. People also followed him on twitter because he is socially active on social networking sites.
1. “You definitely have to learn to start saying no. You’re going to lose a lot of friends. You just have to live with it.”
2. “If I keep working hard, playing hard and doing what I have to do, making my team win and do what the coaches want me to do, do what the veterans want me to do, I think the sky is the limit. But I have to always stay humble. ”
3. “I just want to win, man. That's the biggest thing for me. All the All-Star selections and gold medals are fine — I definitely want to win another gold medal. But for my team, I want to win. ”
4. “Me playing well and us losing doesn't mean anything. I want to win, so I don't care about having two points, four points or 30 points. As long as we win, that's all that really matters.”
5. “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 want to go. ”