With the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Hornets selected Anthony Davis, power forward out of Kentucky.
Considered by many to be by far the best player in the 2012 draft class, Davis is a dominator in the paint. Using his size (6’11”, 222 pounds) and length (7’6’’ wingspan), Davis is at home in the post and provides his team with a defensive tower in the middle. Whether he’s out-rebounding the opposition or blocking every other shot that goes up (4.7 blocks per game in 2011-2012), the former Wildcat finds ways to create turnovers and give the opposing shooters fits.
Although not a dominant offender, Davis has the potential to develop into a big-time scorer in the paint. He averaged 14.2 points per game in his one year at Kentucky while shooting 62.3 percent from the field. Davis will need to add some muscle to continue his dominance as a post player in the NBA, but shouldn’t have too much trouble doing so. Passing out of the post will also be an area of focus as he transitions to the pros.
Davis will provide the Hornets with an immediate building block that should help them turn the franchise towards a brighter future. At worst, Davis will become a strong presence on defense. At best, Davis turns into the next great NBA big man who locks down the paint and puts in points with ease.
With a new owner and a face of the franchise, it appears that the Hornets are headed in a much better direction.