The Duel

Kentucky Basketball Produces Something No Other College Hoops Program Has Recently

By Paul Shapiro
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With Anthony Davis now headed to the Los Angeles Lakers, he's teaming up with one of the greatest basketball players of all time – LeBron James. But Davis has done some things in the league that even The King hasn't.

Since turning pro in 2012, Davis is one of only three players to average 20 points per game (PPG) and 10 rebounds per game (RPG). And all three have one thing in common: They all attended the University of Kentucky.

That's one hell of a run of bigs for Davis (23.7 PPG, 10.5 RPG), DeMarcus Cousins (21.2 PPG, 10.9 RPG) and Karl-Anthony Towns (22.3 PPG, 11.9 RPG). The best comparison might be when Georgetown had Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo and Alonzo Mourning between 1981 and 1992.

Amazingly, this includes multiple seasons where Russell Westbrook has averaged a triple-double. But only three have put up 20 and 10 over the last eight seasons.

With a talent like Davis joining LeBron in Los Angeles, it should be one of the best one-two punches in the league next year.


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