2012 NBA Draft Grades: Anthony Davis to Hornets at No. 1
New Orleans Hornets | Last Season: 21-45 | Draft Picks: 1, 10, 46
Season Summary: Let’s be honest—nobody expected the Hornets to be a threat last season following the Chris Paul trade and it should be no surprise they finished on the bottom of the Western Conference. Eric Gordon only playing nine games all season was a huge blow to this team and a handful of other injuries prevented this team from really competing with most teams in the league.
Draft Needs: New Orleans will get their need for a big man filled right away at No. 1, but the team needs to consider selecting a point guard at No. 10.
#1 Pick: Anthony Davis | C | Kentucky
Davis is the perfect piece for a rebuilding franchise. He’s got superstar caliber talent, high energy, and great character. He’s intelligent and works hard. He’s got a 7’4” wingspan, so needless to say he’s an excellent shot blocker and a great rebounder. He’s unique because of his size along with his ability to put the ball on the floor or hit a face up jumper with range out to the 3-point line. He has to get bigger and stronger for the NBA game, but he’s certainly a special player and the consensus #1 overall pick.
2012-2013 Outlook: Obviously, the big question will be how quickly Anthony Davis makes an impact on the Hornets during his rookie season. Still, even if Davis displays big numbers during his first NBA season, this team still seems to be another year or two away before they can even be part of the discussion of playoff contenders.
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