The New Orleans Pelicans are all about the future at this point. Though they had a disappointing 2012-2013 NBA season, they developed their young players well for the majority of the season. They also have a core group of players in place that are young and have massive potential in the league, meaning the Pelicans also have massive potential.
Like the former Hornets expected him to be, Ryan Anderson showed signs of excellence this past season and continued to be an elite three-point shooter. New Orleans also got surprising lifts from guys like Greivis Vasquez and Brian Roberts this season as well. However, Anthony Davis, to not many people’s surprise, was the young player for New Orleans that provided the biggest cause for optimism.
That’s why it wasn’t a great surprise at all when it was announced on Tuesday that Davis had made the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team along with Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Dion Waiters and Harrison Barnes. Other than Lillard, Davis was probably the biggest lock to be on the rookie first team.
Davis had a tremendous season for a rookie. He played in 64 games this season, started 60 games, and averaged 28.8 minutes per game. He averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, one assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals per game while solidly shooting 51.6 percent from the field. He also led all rookies in Player Efficiency Rating at 21.80, posted a solid rebound rate of 16.8 percent, and showed admirable ball-security by having a turnover rate of just 9.6 percent.
It was quite clear this season why Davis was the number one overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He has tremendous upside on both ends of the floor and has all the makings of a dominant player. It won’t be much longer before this All-Rookie First Team selection turns into being selected to an All-NBA team.