The Rise of Anthony Davis

The Rise of Anthony Davis

Mitchell Moskowitz, Reporter

What started as a friendly, international basketball match ended as a massacre. In a captivating display of utter superiority, Team USA obliterated Finland 114-55 in the teams’ opening game of the FIBA world cup. For years, the United States’ national basketball team has aided in the development of the NBA’s rising talents, molding such stars as Lebron James and Kevin Durant . This year, the rising star takes the form of 6’10” center Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans.

After two years in the NBA, it appears that Anthony Davis is ready to make the leap from a rising star to a viable candidate for the league’s MVP. Averaging 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in the first six games of the tournament, Davis has been a dominant force on both ends of the court.

While Davis’s stats are phenomenal given the level of talent on the stacked Team U.S.A., the most impressive aspect of Davis’s performances do not take the form of numbers on paper. A mixture of chase-down blocks, flashy assists, and emphatic dunks have resulted in Anthony Davis becoming the new face of U.S.A. basketball.

Over the course of two years, basketball fans have gone from simply hearing about Davis’s potential to witnessing it for themselves. As the budding superstar prepares for his third season in the NBA, Davis is ready to take his dominance to the next level. At the end of the day, the FIBA World Cup is simply a platform for Davis to springboard into stardom. However, after seeing what a young Davis can accomplish on the international stage, the American public can only sit and wait for the NBA season to begin, anxiously anticipating the emergence of basketball’s next superstar.