If you played center at Kentucky and you have Anthony as any part of your first name, congratulations. You’re an All-NBA player.
The league announced its three All-NBA teams on Thursday, and the only two SEC players to be featured come from Big Blue Nation. Anthony Davis is the first-team center, and Karl-Anthony Towns is the third-team center.
Here are the full All-NBA teams:
First: LeBron James, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant.
Second: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Russell Westbrook, Joel Embiid, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan.
Third: Stephen Curry, Victor Oladipo, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler, Paul George.
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Davis had one of his best seasons as a professional this season, helping to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to the NBA Playoffs, where they defeated the Portland Trailblazers in the first round before losing to the Golden State Warriors.
He played in 75 games and averaged 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.6 blocks. This All-NBA selection will go a long way toward a potentially enormous contract extension in 2019.
Anthony Davis has now met the super max criteria (All-NBA in 2 out of 3 seasons) and is eligible to sign the largest contract in NBA history next summer (2019). The extension projects to be worth $230 million with a cap hit in 2020-21 starting at $39.7 million.
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Towns also had an exceptional year for the Minnesota Timberwolves, also leading his team into the postseason. Playing in every game for Minnesota, Towns scored 21.3 points per game and averaged 12.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks.
The scariest part of all of these great numbers is that Davis is still just 25. Towns is 22.