With the NBA Draft Lottery coming up on Tuesday night, everyone begins to look back at last season when the New Orleans Pelicans ended up with the top pick and decided to go with Anthony Davis. Davis had his struggles during his rookie year with injuries and still made the All-Rookie team even while playing just 64 games. His progression next season will be a big storyline on whether or not this Pelicans team can be better than their 27-55 record from this past season.
Davis scored 13.5 points and had 8.2 rebounds on average per game this year. I like those numbers, but I want to see better ones next season. Davis could add another 15-20 pounds of muscle this summer as well which would allow him to be an even more dominant low-post threat. I think we could be seeing a season next year where he averages over 17 points and 11 rebounds a game. I know that may sound like some lofty expectations, but if New Orleans wants to be better, their No. 1 pick must grow as well.
The name change in New Orleans may confuse a few people to start with, but I know that people, especially the fans in Louisiana, will learn to accept it. New Orleans should get a very good pick in the draft and can hope that another top-three pick is coming. That will all come down to how the ping pong balls bounce on Tuesday night, but if Davis can become an even better player next season, there shouldn’t be too much to worry about.