Anthony Davis isn’t the future. He is the present.

His overall contribution to his team is greater than LeBron James & Kevin Durant at this point. Here’s why:

He can influence and win a game without scoring.

Not many NBA superstars can make that claim. Fans got a preview of Davis’ potential during his NCAA Title Game in 2012 as a part of the Kentucky Wildcats. On an off-shooting night he finished with 6 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 blocks and 3 steals receiving the Most Outstanding Player Award.

That’s translated to his NBA career thus far. Davis grew 8 inches between his sophomore and senior year in high school so he practiced as a guard in his youth then honed his skills as a big man only recently. Rarely is a play called for him, yet his mid-range game and ability to clean the glass is unparalleled. Davis possesses the ball-handling skills of a guard, shooting touch of a small forward and the defensive prowess of a center.

He’s at or near the top of the league in scoring, rebounding, blocks and steals. Davis’ stat line looks like your winning fantasy team’s superstar yet he’s only 21 years old.

Davis is a restricted free agent in 2016 and big market teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks will be vying for his services viciously. New Orleans will offer him a max contract, but him resigning will depend on the Pelican’s ability to win now and how much more Davis can earn both financially and in brand-power on a bigger stage.

Jerry West once noted an NBA player reaches his peak around 27 years of age. If that’s true, it’s hard to imagine what Davis’ ceiling will look like 5-6 years from now.

Davis is the Man-chise. UniWOW. Best player in the game and the scary part is…

He’s just getting started.

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