Unless New Orleans Hornets general manager Dell Demps decides to pull a Marisa Tomei at Thursday's NBA draft and select someone other than Anthony Davis with the first overall pick, Davis will go to New Orleans as the most hyped rookie of the league and one of the most hyped rookies in franchise history. This is what comes with the territory when a basketball player leads his school to a national championship in his rookie year while collecting armfuls of individual awards in the process.
As excited as Hornets fans are to welcome Davis to the Big Easy, there is cause for concern. The Hornets have a history of welcoming highly-touted rookies to the organization, and while a few have turned into excellent players and others have earned their paychecks as reliable contributors, others have been disappointing flameouts.
Scouts across the league seem to be unanimous in their belief that Davis is a sure-thing prospect that will help reinvigorate the Hornets after their recent financial troubles and the departure of Chris Paul. Here, we look at others who have walked in the path that Davis will almost certainly head down after Thursday night.