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Anthony Marshon Davis Jr., a four-time NBA All-Star, is the youngest player to score 59 or more points in an NBA game. Here are some facts about the American professional basketball player:

  1. He was born Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. on March 11, 1993, in Chicago, Illinois, to Anthony Davis Sr. and Erainer. He has a twin sisters Antoinette and an older sister, Iesha. He stands 6 ft. 11 in tall, weighing 253 lbs.
  2. Although most people call him ‘AD,’ his family called him ‘Fat Man’ for his oversize. He was also called ‘Spider Man’ by his basketball coach at Kentucky, John Calipari, for his long limbs.
  3. He attended Perspective Charter School, Chicago, Illinois, which was known for its academic excellence than for sports. He went unnoticed playing in the Public League Blue-West, a league that receives almost no attention from the media or college scouts.
  4. Davis was known locally as ‘the little guy’ who shoots three from the corner in his junior days, came to limelight playing for the Meanstreets nationally in spring and summer.
  5. He participated in the ‘Fort Wayne, Indiana Spice Fieldhouse’ event and at Nike Global Challenger and thing started getting better for him. He was invited to the NBA Top 100 Camp and was touted as the Number one in the national class of 2011 by Scout.com.
  6. He averaged 32 points with 22 rebounds and 7 blocks despite missing three-quarters of the season due to minor injuries. He was named to the 2011 McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. He was ranked fifth in the 2011 Mr. Basketball USA poll.
  7. It was reported on August 04, 2010, in the Chicago Sun-Times by its reporter Michael O’Brien, that there was a demand to Kentucky University for $ 200,000 from Davis for his commitment. The report was later removed from the web site following a threat from University Lawyer.
  8. Following his letter of intent on November 10, 2010, his college career began in a subdued note and in a month’s time he was mentioned as National Player of the Year front-runner. He led the Kentucky Wildcats to a perfect 16-0 record averaging 14.2 points with 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks.
  9. Davis collegiate performance earned him the ‘Sporting News Men’s College Basketball Player of the Years and the ‘U.S Basketball Writers Association’s Robertson Trophy. He also won the ‘Adolph Rupp Trophy’ and the ‘John R. Wooden Award.’ He was the first freshman from Kentucky to win the ‘Naismith College Player of the Year.’
  10. On April 2012, Davis was selected the ‘NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player’ after dominating defensively during the NCAA championship game. He set a freshman record with 186 blocked shots. He recorded 16 rebounds with 5 assists and 3 steals in leading Kentucky to its eighth national title since 1998. He was also selected to All-Tournament Team.
  11. The ESPN’s reporter Andy Katz reported that Davis’s title clinching performance was the most complete performance of his career. He recorded double-doubles with career high 28 points with 11 rebounds and 5 blocks and took Kentucky to SEC championship. He earned four FOTW and twice POTW honors.
  12. On June 28, 2012, he was the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets and signed a three years contract worth $ 16 million on July 24.
  13. On July 12, 2012, Davis was selected to represent United States Basketball in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He is the first American player since Emeka Okafor in 2004, to be selected to the national team without any NBA experience. The team went on to win the gold medal. He also represented the gold medal winning national team in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
  14. Davis made his NBA debut on November 01, 2012 against San Antonio Spurs and scored the team high 21 points. A day later he was sidelined for two games because of concussion and on November 20, he was out of action due to ‘a stress reaction’ on his ankle to miss 11 games.
  15. On April 10, during the 2012 season in a game against Sacramento Kings, he suffered a season ending left knee collateral ligament sprain and bone bruise after a collision with Marcus Thornton. Despite that he made it to the 2013 NBA All-Rookie First Team.
  16. He recorded successive double-doubles in the first two games of the 2013 season including 26 points and 17 rebounds against Orlando, to become the youngest player in the franchise history to record 25 PPG and 15 RPG in a game.
  17. Davis was the fourth youngest player in the NBA history to achieve 40 PPG and 20 RPG, since 1993. He achieved this feat on March 16, 2014, when he scored a career high 40 points and career high 21 rebounds in a 121-120 win against the Boston Celtics.
  18. On December 02, 2014, he fell short by one assists and one block short of becoming the youngest NBA player to ever record a five-by-five. He recorded 25 PPG, 10 RPG, 4 APG, 6 SPG and 4 blocks per game against Oklahoma City Thunder.
  19. On February 06, 2015, Davis made a buzzer beater three pointer in a 116-113 win against Oklahoma City. He scored 41 points and 10 rebounds on the way to New Orleans record of 13th consecutive 20-point performance surpassing Pete Maravich’s effort of 1976-77.
  20. On March 15, 2015, in a game against Denver Nuggets, Davis became the first player in NBA history to tally 36 PPG, 14 RPG, 9 BPG and 7 Assists since 1973. He was named Western Conference Player of the Week from March 09-15.
  21. On April 15, in a must win game against San Antonio Spurs, he recorded 31 points with 13 rebounds and 3 blocks to take Pelicans into the 2015 Playoff for the first time since 2011. He led the league in players’ performance rating with 30.89.
  22. Although Pelicans lost the playoff series against Golden State Warriors, Davis averaged 31.5 points with 11 rebounds to become the first player in 40 years to record 30 PPG and 10 RPG in a player’s first playoff series. He also joined three others to record the feat in last 20 seasons.
  23. He was selected to All-NBA First Team for the first time in his career, to become the first player to make the first team in his first three seasons since Derrick Rose, in the 2010-11.
  24. In the beginning of the 2015 season he signed a contract extension worth $ 145 million, for five years. He recorded his career high and the franchise record of 59 points, superseding Jamal Mashburns’ 50 points set 13 years ago.
  25. On January 19, 2017, he was selected as a starter for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, making it his fourth selection and second as a starter. He was also selected for NBA All-Star Weekend Skill Challenge.
  26. On February 19, 2017, playing for the NBA All-Star Game, he recorded 52 points with 10 rebounds, breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s record high of 42 points in 1962. He was adjusted Most Valuable Player of the game which was won by West 192-182.
  27. On March 31, 2017, in a game against Sacramento Kings, Davis scored 19 points and in the process he reached 2000 points in a season to become first Pelicans in the history to do so.
  28. On June 15, 2012, he signed with Arn Tellem and the Wasserman Media Group as his agents.
  29. In June 2012, he trademarked his connected eyebrows with the phrases ‘Fear The Brow’ and ‘Raise The Brow.’ He told the CNBC, Me and my family decided to trademark it because it’s very unique.
  30. Davis isn’t married yet, but has been dating couple of WNBA players and his most recent relationship is with Brittney Griner.
  31. Anthony Davis Net Worth: $13 Million

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