The New Orleans Hornets have a superstar in the making in 2012 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis. The Hornets are 14-28, but they would probably have five wins without Davis, who leads the team in rebounds per game with 7.8 while averaging 12.9 points per game and over half a block per game. Even more remarkable is he’s shooting just over 50 percent from the field, which should only improve over time. However, the Hornets can’t sit around and wait on Davis to become the superstar they drafted him to be; they must push him to expedite that process.
The Charlotte Bobcats are currently building around two lottery picks and they will have another to hopefully cement their own Big Three after the 2013 NBA Draft. The Hornets have only Davis for now, but they will obviously continue to add pieces around him in the coming seasons. However, they can’t just bank on Davis becoming a superstar when and if those future picks pan out.
Davis is a great player and seems to be pretty well self-motivated, but he needs direction and exterior motivation. Davis needs someone to get behind him and literally push, so that his scoring continues to improve without his shooting percentage suffering. This push should also put his rebounding numbers over double digits every single night, which will come from practicing the fundamentals of that part of his game.
Basically, it’s back to the basics for Davis (excuse the alliteration), who is as gifted as any other player in the league. If he’s just allowed to improve his game at his own pace, the Hornets–or Pelicans, as they’re now called–won’t be improving as a team anytime soon.