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When looking back at the past ROTY winners of the last decade, they all seem to have one thing in common: they were all the best player on their team.
With the recent acquisition of forward Ryan Anderson, Anthony Davis is either the third- or fourth-best player on the Hornets right now, depending on how you feel about Austin Rivers.
What does that mean for Davis' chances of being the NBA's top rookie?
Well, when determining the league's best rookie, you always want to ask "How much did this kid's presence impact the team's overall success?". The Cavaliers and Clippers, respectively, didn't win much with past ROTY winners Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin, but you could tell the difference of how their teams performed when they were on the court as opposed to when they weren't.
If the Hornets become a breakout team next year, a lot of things would have to fall into place for Davis to get a bulk of the credit. Eric Gordon would have to get hurt. Ryan Anderson would have to flop, as would Austin Rivers.
Of course, if those things happen, chances are that the Hornets won't be very successful. Davis would have to emerge as the team's alpha dog almost instantaneously to take consideration from his fellow rookies.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is already the best player on the Bobcats and, if he can improve them dramatically, he'll be a better choice to be this year's top rookie than Davis would. If Bradley Beal isn't the best player on the Wizards right now, he's at the very least a close second.
Davis has to make voters believe that he's the chief reason behind the Hornets' success. That's a tough task to ask of a 19-year-old kid with an average offensive game, especially when other rookies are in better situations to stand out.