Anthony Davis is coming off an amazing season for the New Orleans Pelicans. Davis led the league in player efficiency (PER) in his third season. He turned in the most efficient season for a 21 year old in league history. He had the 11th best year by PER of all-time. 24.4 points per game, 10.2 rebounds per game, and an NBA-best (for the second consecutive season) 2.9 blocks per game helped Davis to finish third in All-Star voting, earning his first selection as a starter. Davis was selected to the All-NBA First Team and All-Defensive Second Team.
Now he can add one more feather to his cap: NBA 2K16 cover athlete.
USA Today reported earlier this morning that Davis will join NBA MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets guard James Harden on the cover. That is quite a trio of NBA stars. AD, unsurprisingly, is really excited about this new opportunity.
"I'm guessing every one of us grew up dreaming of the moment we'd be on the cover," Davis says of the 15-year-old video game franchise. "I've seen so many players I know head off and put on a suit with all those balls (for motion-capture duty); it looks so fun."
Davis says having [Spike] Lee take the reins of the story adds another element of realism, "because we all know how much he really loves basketball, we all respect him."
The all-star says teaching kids "at a young age that basketball isn't just shooting and dunking but also big decisions about managing your money, what to buy, paying taxes, all that will help them be more knowledgeable about what it takes to succeed in the NBA."
Between his recent ads for Foot Locker and Red Bull, Davis continues to ascend not only on the court, but off it as well. Making the cover of the preeminent NBA video game? Maybe a large market isn't necessary at all for AD to make it big.