New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis, the NBA's Next Megastar from Chicago?
Chicago is famous for things like the Willis Tower, deep-dish pizza, tasty hot dogs and historic Wrigley Field.
The city is also known for producing a few basketball players who went on to become superstars in the NBA.
Anthony Davis—taken by the New Orleans Hornets with the top pick in the 2012 NBA draft—could very well turn out to be the next big time player from "Da Chi."
Davis was born and raised in Chicago, and played his high school ball at Perspectives Charter School.
The 6'10" big man later attended the University of Kentucky, where he enjoyed an unbelievable freshman season in which he was named the 2012 National Player of the Year and lead the Wildcats to a national championship.
Not bad for a college freshman, huh?
Davis is a stellar shot-blocker and rebounder, and if he can develop his offensive game, he could someday transform into a Kevin Garnett-type of player as a pro.
Thomas, drafted No. 1 overall by the Detroit Pistons back in 1981, played 13 seasons in the Association. The 12-time All-Star point guard was the leader of the "Bad Boy" Pistons, which captured back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990.
Thomas was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history and enshrined into the Hall of Fame.
Long after Thomas retired from the game, Wade made his way into the league in 2003, as the Miami Heat heat drafted him with the fifth overall pick. The former Marquette University star would lead Miami to a title in 2006 as he picked up the NBA Finals MVP award.
Wade also helped Miami win a title this past season and remains one of the game's most dangerous scorers.
Rose entered the league in 2008, selected by his hometown Chicago Bulls with the top pick in that year's draft. The explosive, 6'3" guard went on to win Rookie of the Year honors and was later named the league's regular-season MVP in 2011.
D-Rose is one of the most exciting players in the league today and is the main reason the Bulls have become an elite ball club.
Davis obviously has a lot of work to do in order to be mentioned with megastars like Thomas, Wade and Rose, but he undoubtedly has the potential to do so.
He's ridiculously athletic, an outstanding defender and can handle the ball well. Once he adds some muscle so he can bang down low with the top big men in the NBA, watch out.
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