John Calipari: Anthony Davis has chance to be NBA's best in 5 years

Friday August 29th, 2014

Kentucky head coach John Calipari says that New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis could be the best player in the NBA in five years.

Davis played one season at Kentucky under Calipari and led the Wildcats to the national championship before entering the NBA Draft. 

"Right now, you look at (Davis) and say, 'Man, in five years, he could be the best player in the NBA,'" Calipari said to USA Today.  "And this USA Basketball stuff pushes that date sooner."

GOLLIVER: NBA stars with the most at stake for USA Basketball

Davis averaged 20.8 points, 10 rebounds and 2.8 blocks for the Pelicans last season.    

"Again, here's what it does for him: how to work, new things to add to his game, and confidence like, 'These are the best in the world, so I'm all right.'  


- Scooby Axson

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.