We've all witnessed Anthony Davis working his magic in the paint for our Wildcats. Davis is very talented offensively and defensively but just how special are Davis' talents when it comes to blocking shots? Obviously, Davis will shatter the UK record (83) currently held by Andre Riddick. Through the Auburn game, Davis has 78 blocks for the season. He leads the nation, and Kentucky leads the nation as a team, in blocked shots. He averages 4.6 blocks per game. At that pace, and if Kentucky makes it to the Elite 8 (and well they should), Anthony Davis will have about 170 blocks putting him in a class with some of the greatest players ever to play the game.
1985-86 was the first year that official records for blocked shots were kept. However, there were several players before that time that were prolific shot blockers. This article from The Bleacher Report brought back several memories for me. Shaquille O'neal averaged 4.58 blocks per game for his career at LSU and recorded 6 triple doubles along the way. O'Neal's block record held until Jarvis Varnado set the D1 record with 564 blocks over 4 years. But the leader for blocks in a single season still belongs to The Admiral, David Robinson, with 207 blocks in 1985. Here is a link to the single season block record.
My thinking is that Davis would have more blocks if he had played more minutes during the "cupcake" part of the schedule. Now that we are fully in to the SEC part of the schedule, Davis will get more minutes and more blocks. I feel like his block average will increase and if he has a few breakout games he could be right there with Robinson or at least close. There is no question that we are witnessing one of the greatest shot blockers of all time. Thanks Anthony Davis for making this a special year for UK fans and GO CATS!!!