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Dec. 08, 2014
Dec. 08, 2014

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Dec. 8, 2014

INBOX
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
NFL SHORTIES
JOSE ALTUVE
  • The NFL isn't the only place where big hits come in small packages. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is among the majors' shortest players, but with his lightning reflexes and refined mechanics the AL batting champ doesn't produce like it

COLLEGE SPORTS
NBA
  • Anthony Davis's rapid rise from overlooked high school junior to NBA phenom mirrors his teenage growth spurt. The Pelicans' do-it-all big man with lofty goals is off to a historic start this season—and he's only 21

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This is an article from the Dec. 8, 2014 issue Original Layout

2 SI Digital

4 Inbox

8 Leading Off

16 Scorecard

22 Faces in The Crowd

25 Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Paul Pierce sports his new colors

68 Point After

Michael Rosenberg: An inspiring turnaround at a Chicago high school

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

32 Melvin Gordon

After two frustrating years, the Wisconsin tailback is rushing into the record book

By Brian Hamilton

PRO FOOTBALL

40 NFL Shorties

The league's bias against the vertically challenged is finally beginning to shrink

By Austin Murphy

BASEBALL

48 Jose Altuve

One of the majors' shortest players? Yes. But his numbers aren't small at all

By Emma Span

COLLEGE SPORTS

52 Ed O'Bannon

He's the face of the most important legal case in the history of collegiate sports

By Alan Shipnuck

NBA

58 Anthony Davis

In his third year, the Pelicans' do-it-all big man is off to a historic start, but if he meets his lofty ambitions, this is just the beginning

By Lee Jenkins

SI HAS REGIONAL COVERS THIS WEEK: DAYMON GARDNER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, AT ARNAUD'S RESTAURANT IN NEW ORLEANS (DAVIS); TOM LYNN FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (GORDON)

PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY GREG NELSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDPELICAN BELIEF In need of a franchise player, New Orleans sees one thing in its young power forward: the next Tim Duncan.