Its been a tough season for the New Orleans Hornets. Losing their star point guard Chris Paul was just the start of a season that I'm sure both the franchise and its fans would rather forget. Yesterday morning it seemed as though finally the Hornets luck was changing. That luck was courtesy of the Draft Lottery and they will now have first pick come Draft day. The Charlotte Bobcats had the best mathematical chance of landing the top pick followed by the Washington Wizards but it was the Hornets who will now undoubtedly pick Anthony Davis to resurrect their struggling club. For those of you not too familiar with Davis, he is a 6'10, 220 pound power forward with enormous upside and potential. This years draft class is a strong one and Davis is considered the cream of the crop by those in the know.
StrengthsWith a 7'6 wingspan, Davis has the length to trouble just about any forward in the league and his 4.7 blocks per game for the Wildcats shows just what his defensive prowess can achieve. He is an agile and athletic big man who has guard like quickness and can defend on the perimeter better than most big men as seen by his 1.5 steals per game (unheard of for a college big man). Although not known as much for his offense as his defense he still has a good shot for a big man, 65% from the field and a respectable 71% from the stripe for Kentucky this year. Is an adequate passer of the ball, has a high basketball IQ, is an excellent rebounder and runs the floor well on the fast break.
WeaknessesIs what many would consider underweight. Played the five at the college level but projects as more of a four in the NBA due to his lack of size. At only 18 years of age his weight is bound to increase and with it his ability to score inside will too. Needs to develop his post up and face up game if he wants to become a go to guy on the offensive end. Not too many weaknesses apart from physical shortcomings which tend to be fairly common with guys so young.
Anthony Davis is a franchise changing player and the Hornets should be a greatly improved side with him in the team. It may not be something that we see immediately but provided New Orleans can build around him in the years to come we could be about to witness one of the best big men the league has seen. It remains to be seen whether he ends up playing at power forward or centre, due to his age and the possibility of him still growing , not to mention his weight but with his shot blocking ability and defensive abilities hes bound to be a future Defensive Player of the Year candidate. He reminds me a lot of a young Kevin Garnett and there is no reason he cant achieve what KG has in his long and illustrious career. Check out some highlights of Davis' season with the Kentucky Wildcats. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=x1qIJFnnp2M What do you think? Will Anthony Davis be a once in a lifetime player for the Hornets?