NBA Atlanta Hawks

NBA Draft: The Short and Long-Term Impact of The Hornets’ Draft

Anthony Davis- PF- 1st Overall Pick

PROS:

Great athlete, amazing wingspan, elite shot blocker, great rebounder, overall intensity, potential All-Defensive player, Smooth jump shot, solid low post game, hard worker, great character

CONS:

Must add weight, offense still needs work, unibrow (Just kidding, it’s pretty awesome)

Immediate Impact:

Davis is now looked upon as the franchise player in New Orleans and the first impact he will have is energizing the fan base, who have been searching for any sort of hope since trading Chris Paul.

He will sell jerseys and tickets, bring up fan fare for the coming season and will without a doubt bring a lot of money to the franchise. On the court he will be the starting power forward from day one (center if they have no other option) and should be an impact defensive player from day one. His quickness and ridiculously long arms, will make going to the hoop and posting up extremely difficult for offensive players.

He not only has the length to be a fantastic defender, but the instincts, which should serve him well. On offense do not expect All-Star caliber numbers just yet, but he should be able to score his fair share of points and has an excellent chance of scoring around fifteen points per game as a rookie player.

His jump shot is ever improving and he has a really nice feel around the rim. He will also get his fair share of points off of offensive rebounds. He has a great chance to be the Rookie of the Year, but at the very least brings hope and excitement to a franchise that could really use some.

Long Term Impact:

Besides the money and attention his fame will bring to the franchise in the years to come, Davis has the potential to be one of the very best players in the NBA. If he adds mass and strength he will be even more imposing and will not just use his athleticism to stop players, but he will be able to use that strength to knock people back and keep them outside of the lane.

That strength would also go a long way on offense. For now he uses his length and finesse to score the majority of his points down low, but with more strength he could bully people down low and use pure force to get to the basket. Also, if he continues to work on his jump shot, it would be just another tool for him to use, to make him even better.

So basically, he has almost as much potneital on offense as defense. The actual long-term potential for Davis is incredible, as he has the skills to not only rival Dwight Howard, Serge Ibaka and Tyson Chandler as one the best post defenders in the league, but become one of the better offensive big men as well. Expect multiple All-Star games in his future and for him to become a star that the team can build around for the next ten or more years.

Austin Rivers- Guard- 10th Overall Pick

PROS:

Ultra confident, fantastic crossover, can create his own shot, can drive to the hoop, top-notch shooter, clutch, no fear

CONS:

Possibly too confident, not an elite athlete, average size, average defense, point guard skills are average, must learn to play within a team concept, ball hogging tendencies

Immediate Impact:

With Eric Gordon almost certainly returning to the Hornets, Rivers will in all likelihood start the year as the team’s first option off the bench and designated second unit scorer. He can shoot, drive tot he hoop and score at will and will be a very dangerous weapon on offense. The team will also look to see if he can become a full time NBA point guard and will use him and Gordon in the same lineup on many occasions, which will be very hard for teams to stop.

Long Term Impact:

The hope for Rivers is that he can become a full time point guard in the NBA, if not Rivers will hold the role of combo guard and scorer off the bench. He has a lot of Jason Terry to his game and seems destined to become a big time NBA scorer. Expect Rivers to be near the top of the Hornets’ box scores for many years to come.

 Darius Miller- SF- 45th Overall Pick

PROS:

Unselfish, very good defender, great shooter, great character, used to playing off the bench, ultimate teammate

CONS:

Low ceiling, not an impact scorer, probably not starter material

Immediate Impact:

For now, expect Miller to come off the bench for ten solid minutes per game. He was the sixth man on the Kentucky Wildcats National Champion team and played with five other NBA prospects and is great at fitting into a team concept. He knows his role and accepts it, which is very rare from a first year NBA player. He will be a very solid perimeter defender and can knock down open jumpers. Do not expect greatness, but he should become a more than capable role player early on.

Long Term Impact:

The hope is that Miller can one day turn those ten minutes into twenty-five and become the ultimate role player, who does all of the little things to help his team win. He will not be a star, but he can be a very important player in New Orleans for many years. He could become a poor man’s Shane Battier.