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Finally, an appropriate comparison for Anthony Davis

Youth is served!

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Anthony Davis is good. Really good. And he’s young. Really young. And so far through an almost completed third season, Davis’ talent far outweighs his youth as he continues to wreck fools in a way I don’t think anyone has ever seen before.

The exuberant talent mixed with stunning youth has posted a dilemma for the now 22-year-old Davis. You see with all things unprecedented sometimes we fail to properly describe greatness to those who don’t understand; most of the time it’s because we don’t properly understand just how great this new phenomenon is either. We end up doing a disservice to both those who don’t follow and the person in question’s growing legacy because no matter how we articulate it, it’s still not appropriate enough.

Anthony Davis is a freak of nature the likes we haven’t seen before. We haven’t seen someone this talented, and this young, maybe ever. He’s like a 16-year-old Mr. Fantastic but he already knows how to drive a stick shift and not cut himself shaving. No mere person should be this good at this young of an age. The scary part is that this isn’t even peak Anthony Davis. He may be the first ever ceiling-less player. Can you see a fully realized Brow? Because I can’t.

Anthony Davis used to be a man with no comparison. It wasn’t his fault, it’s just we’ve never had anything to really compare him to. Until now. Because I have it figured out. The only true comparable person to Anthony Davis is…

…Jennifer Lawrence.

Yes, Jennifer Lawrence. An actress who is talented beyond her years. An actress with an Oscar win and two more nominations on her resume all before age 25. An actress who I think that if she and I ever met up, we would look really good together. I mean she’s pretty, down to earth, really funny and, I don’t know if we ever crossed paths I think I would significantly wow her. Sorry what was I saying? Oh right, she’s at the top of her game and she’s got a long future ahead of her. And hey look at that, Anthony Davis went to Kentucky and Lawrence is from Louisville. This stuff writes itself.

Lawrence and Davis both had promising beginnings. Davis as the player of the year and national champion at Kentucky, Lawrence on the Bill Engvall Show. The common misconception is that she got her "hey have you heard about (blank)?" start in Winter’s Bone but that’s not the case. It was totally the Bill Engvall Show, which I watched. Do you remember the Bill Engvall Show? Probably not, it was one of TBS’ lame attempts at original programming; although it did get a surprising three seasons which I feel is a lot for them. Anyway, we were first introduced to Ms. Lawrence in the 2007 and I knew instantly after the pilot episode that I wanted to marry her she was going to be the actress of my generation. Just like how we knew Anthony Davis was going to be our transcendent basketball player.

Fast forward to 2015 and look at where we are now: Davis is at worst the second best player in basketball and is on the verge of making the league his playground; Lawrence already has a shelf full of awards and the grip she has on Hollywood as the alpha-female isn’t slacking any time soon.

Davis and Lawrence are both charter members of the "So Good yet So Young" Club. If we’re talking about the Jackson 5 then they’re Michael and the rest of the NBA/Hollywood is Jermaine, Jackie, Marlon and Tito. Let’s take a look at some of the other members of the club I just made up and see just how good Davis and Lawrence can be if they realizes their talent.

Honorable Members

  • Michael Phelps - at age 19, won six golds and two bronze medals in his first go round at the Olympics in 2004.
  • Mo’Ne Davis - the star of the 2014 Little League World Series, Davis is the starting point guard for UConn’s 2019 undefeated national championship team.
  • Dakota Fanning - while not as good an actress as Lawrence, Fanning is the only child actress of the 2000s not to go crazy. That means something.
  • Lorde - yayaya I am Lorde
  • Chester McBadbat in that one episode of Fairly Odd Parents where Timmy wishes he was the best baseball player ever - he almost singlehandedly beat the New York Bankees!
  • Gohan - he beat Cell and is an excellent student. He is the ultimate student athlete and he totally feels like his education is plenty enough.*
  • *cut to Mark Emmert muttering "good…good" like The Emperor in Return of the Jedi
  • Devin Miles - the star snare drummer for Atlanta A&T, he helped bring home BET Big Southern Classic glory even though Dr. Lee toooootally sold out on his values. #Justice4Cecil

For every childhood prodigy that made it, there’s even more who couldn’t stay on the straight and narrow. Or they were just awful, there’s that too. Check out these guys and let’s hope they serve as warnings for Davis and Lawrence:

Dishonorable Members

  • Macaulay Culkin - maybe the biggest child star ever, Culkin now looks like what I would expect Steve Buscemi to look like if he ever guest starred as the zombie version of himself in Walking Dead a la Bill Murray in Zombieland. Yeesh
  • The entire cast from The Last Airbender that isn’t named Dev Patel - I mean, the disaster that is this movie isn’t totally their fault. M. Night Shyamalan is like the David Kahn of directors these days. But my goodness, those kids were bad. If you haven’t seen The Last Airbender, don’t; if you’re like me and you did see it, go back in time and stop yourself from seeing it.
  • Jamie Lynn Spears - she got Zoey 101 taken off the air. I can’t forgive that. She now spends her free time breaking up fights by pulling out knives at Pita Pits in Hammond. So there’s that.
  • Lindsay Lohan - remember how hot she looked in Mean Girls? Sadly, that was peak Lindsay Lohan hotness. Drug abuse now has her looking like a cross between a deployed airbag and a busted up Joan Rivers piñata.
  • Manner Washington - you know him as the kid who portrayed Michael Jordan’s son Jeffery in Space Jam. He was an especially bad child actor. Remember that painfully bad/eternally hilarious thumbs up and head nod he gave when Michael got to his baseball game? Man GTFO with that.
  • Danny Almonte - the former little league baseball pitcher who claimed to be 12 but was actually 27. You know the one I’m talking about. The one who had the health benefits and a blossoming 401(k) from H&R Block? That guy.

There are countless of other examples of immensely talented young people who have made the most of the genius; similarly there are plenty who let it go to waste. Anthony Davis, no matter how his career fares, is one of those guys that we’ll always remember for his talent. How he uses it from here on out? Now that’s a different story.

Success or failure is totally up to him and how he chooses to use the uncanny athletic ability he has. It’s all there for the taking. If he wants to of course. His choices will be the difference in seeing if he ages like wine or milk.