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New Orleans’ Anthony Davis Making Strong Case for Rookie of the Year

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

It’s only about halfway through the NBA season, but it’s never too early to be talking about award races. Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets may not be many people’s first choice for rookie of the year, but he is building a case game after game with his consistent play.

Portland Trail Blazers‘ point guard Damian Lillard is the favorite to win the award midway through the 2012-13 season, and rightfully so.

Lillard averages 18.3 points, 6.5 assists and 3.4 steals per game this year and is leading the Blazers to a 22-22 record, currently fighting for the eighth place position in the Western Conference.

It’s not often a point guard comes out of college to seemingly dominate at the next level, but Lillard has done just that. It won’t be long before he is considered one of the elite point guards in the NBA and mentioned with the likes of Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.

Lillard may be the clear leader, but Davis has been putting together a strong resume, even after missing 13 games due to injury. The 19-year-old power forward averages 12.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. These are some impressive numbers from a guy battling injury all season long, especially a rookie.

Although the Hornets are just 15-29, they are still going to finish the 2012-13 season with a better record than last year– Davis is a big reason for that. The Hornets are just 3-10 without Davis and it shows how much he is missed when not in the lineup.

It is early, but Davis has made a strong case in the first half of the season, but we will see just how far he will take the race for rookie of the year.