Tracking Anthony Davis' greatness

All numbers show Pelicans' big man will be NBA's best player in time

Updated: February 26, 2014, 4:16 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

Anthony DavisBrace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY SportsAnthony Davis seems destined to be the NBA's best player at some point later this decade.

Since before Andrew Wiggins & Co. even played a college game, the hype around this year's crop of NCAA freshmen has been unprecedented because of what they might someday become in the NBA. But what if the next great player is already in the league? The numbers say he is.

Anthony Davis' NBA career hasn't exactly taken place in obscurity. He was the consensus No. 1 pick in the draft and was one of two second-year players chosen for the All-Star Game earlier this month. Although the New Orleans Pelicans' national TV appearances tonight and Friday are just their second and third of the season, Davis has made the Pelicans favorites on NBA League Pass.

Still, the enormity of Davis' ability hasn't necessarily sunk in. He has demonstrated the potential to be not just one of the best players in the league but the very best -- and one of the best players ever.