Anthony Davis: How Projected Top Pick Will Impact NBA During Rookie Season

Alex KayCorrespondent IMay 28, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 25:  Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats dunks against the Baylor Bears in the first half during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Final at the Georgia Dome on March 25, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Anthony Davis is likely going to be the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, and he is going to immediately make his mark on the league.

The 6’10”, 220-pound Kentucky product put together one of the finest freshman seasons in collegiate history (he averaged an incredible 14.2 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 4.7 BPG and 1.4 SPG while shooting 62.3 percent from the field) and willed his talented team to a national championship.

If you think he’s not going to be as big of a star in the league as he was during his time in Lexington, you are sorely mistaken.

Assuming Davis lands on a size-starved team like the Charlotte Bobcats, Cleveland Cavaliers or New Orleans Hornets (and the odds are that he will), he is going to get serious playing time from day one and only improve with each passing game.

The kid is already a candidate for an All-Defensive team without seeing a minute on the floor. As a shot blocker, he has more promise than anyone we have seen since Dikembe Mutombo was entering the league all the way back in 1991.  

If he can continue to improve his offensive game—and he should have plenty of freedom to do so on a lottery team—there is little doubt that Davis develops into a superstar within his first season.

It’s not out of the question that the freak athlete becomes one of the most electrifying athletes in the game and an extremely popular player amongst NBA fans.

Davis does all of the little things well, plays with flair as well as substance and cares about winning. It’s the perfect recipe for a superstar in the league and—barring something drastic—he will become one almost immediately.

Look for Anthony Davis to get some All-Star nods, win Rookie of the Year and set the bar high for his sophomore season in the league.