Not since 2008 with Derrick Rose has there been a better NBA prospect than that of Kentucky freshman, Anthony Davis, and we all know what Rose has meant to the Bulls. One MVP award and back-to-back seasons with the best overall record in the Eastern Conference is not too shabby.
We all assumed that Davis would indeed hear his name called first by Commissioner David Stern, and he did. But what now? Will he be the next superstar the New Orleans Hornets so desperately need? Or will he just be another name added to a list of nobodies taken first overall? Which include Clippers legend (for all the wrong reasons), Michael Olowokandi, MJ’s mistake, Kwame Brown, and the most fragile twenty-something the world has ever seen, Greg Oden?
This question unfortunately will not be answered until at least two seasons from now. Sure, Davis has the potential to be great, but he still needs to become a better overall basketball player. His defense will transfer to the NBA, but offensively he will struggle at first.
For him to dominate like in college, he must get stronger and add some weight to his lanky 6’10’ 225 lb. frame. The second part will not be tough, as he will be able to gain some weight eating at all the amazing restaurants throughout New Orleans, but as for the first, it may take some time. Ask Blake Griffin. He’s been in the league for three seasons now and still cannot buy a basket outside the paint.
For him to eventually be a complete superstar like so many GM’s and coaches envision him to become, (not just a highlight superstar like Blake Griffin has become), he needs to be able to knock down at least mid-range jump shots with ease. Until that happens, the comparisons to Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are just insane. At best he will just be another Marcus Camby and have a successful but not spectacular career.
Over the last twenty seasons, players like Alonzo Mourning, Larry Johnson, Baron Davis and Chris Paul have donned Hornet uniforms and will go down as Hornet legends. But they all failed to win a championship. They all left the franchise for bigger markets in the prime of their careers leaving behind broken rosters and forcing general managers to constantly be in rebuilding mode.
Anthony Davis may never win a championship for the Hornets, let alone stay for more than four seasons, but one thing is for sure; the Hornets would have been nuts to not select him with the #1 overall pick in last week's draft. Absolutely cuckoo!