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Anthony Davis, Olympic Gold medalist in basketball history

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis Biography

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis playing basketball.[Credit/insidesport.co]

Anthony Davis is an American professional basketball player. His full byline is Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. He was born on 11th March 1993.

Anthony’s parents are Erainer Davis and Anthony Davis Sr. He also has two siblings named Antoinette Davis and Lesha Davis.

Anthony Davis is known by his initials AD. He is a player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The basketball icon plays the power forward and center positions. His prowess in the court has earned him several crowns.

Anthony Davis is an eight-time NBA All-Star. He has also been named to four All-NBA Teams and four NBA All-Defensive Teams.

Interestingly, he has continued to do well and in his first season in 2020 with the Lakers as he won an NBA championship.

Davis started playing basketball at the college level. He played one season of college basketball for the University of Kentucky. That was when he was first-team All-American and the Consensus National Player of the year.

His talent has been appreciated by many since he began the career. Anthony Davis has in addition won the USBWA National Freshman of the Year.

Moreover, he also was the NABC Defensive Player of the year. Davis also bagged the Pete Newell Big Man Award.

Davis led the NCAA in blocks and set Southeastern Conference and NCAA Division I freshman single-season blocked shots records. He led Kentucky to a National Championship and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament.

Anthony Davis professional career

Anthony was drafted as the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the New Orleans Pelicans. That was when he left college for the NBA after one season.

The Orleans were by then known as the New Orleans Hornets. Davis was selected that summer to play in the 2012 Olympics.

Moreover, Davis did well and in his rookie season, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

The next season, he became an All-Star for the first time and led the NBA in blocked shots per game. He has since become the youngest player to score at least 59 points in an NBA game.

In 2017, Anthony was named the recipient of the NBA All-Star Game MVP Award after setting an All-Star Game scoring record of 52 points. Davis was traded to the Lakers in 2019.

In addition, Davis has won gold medals with the United States national team on their 2012 Olympic team. The other one was on their 2014 World Cup team. Nevertheless, that made him the first player in basketball history to win the NCAA title, NBA title, Olympic Gold Medal and FIBA World Cup.

Davis was named the 2012 Sporting News Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year.

On November 1, 2012, Davis made his debut against the San Antonio Spurs. He scored a team-high 21 in a losing effort. On November 2, he suffered a concussion that sidelined him for 2 and a half games until November 9.

Amazingly, Davis began the 2013–14 NBA season with the newly-renamed Pelicans with a pair of double-doubles, posting 20 points and 12 rebounds against Indiana on October 30 and 26 points and 17 rebounds against Orlando on November 1.

Career progression

Anthony Davis began the 2014-2015 NBA season against the Orlando Magic. That was with one of the best season-opening performances of all time: 26 points, 17 rebounds, 9 blocks, 3 steals and 2 assists.

In addition, the tennis star has continued to play season after season and has made impressive achievements.

He re-signed with the Lakers on a five-year $190 million contract, on December 3, 2020. That included an early termination option prior to the fifth season in 2024–25.

In 2020–21, Anthony Davis was sidelined for 30 games (February–April 2021), the longest absence of his career, due to right calf and heel issues.

Anthony Davis’ net worth

Being one of the most competitive NBA players, Davis’ net worth is mouthwatering. As reported by Celebrity Net worth, he has an estimated net worth of $100 million.

Anthony Davis’ salary

Reports further indicate that Anthony bags a salary of $30 million annually.

“Between June 2017 and June 2018, Anthony Davis earned $35 million in salary and endorsements. As of February 2020, he has earned $100 million in basketball salary alone.”

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis.[Credit/bleacherreport.com]

Anthony Davis’ endorsements

It is reported that Davis earns $9 million from his endorsements. He has a multi-year extension with Nike.

Anthony also endorses other major brands including Saks Inc., ExxonMobil, Foot Locker and Red Bull.

Anthony Davis foundation and charity work

The basketball pro, through the Anthony Davis foundation, has offered a $250,000 matching donation to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The money is meant to support the launch of the “Help Feed the Frontline Fighting COVID 19-LA” campaign.

“Davis had many contributions towards charity. He has been a recipient of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award in recognition of his charitable efforts throughout New Orleans.”

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