Anthony Davis and New Orleans Hornets Reportedly Agree on Contract

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistJuly 24, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11:  NBA New Orleans Hornets player Anthony Davis arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Unibrow Fever can officially start in New Orleans, as Anthony Davis has reportedly agreed to his rookie contract.

The Rookie of the Year pursuit begins now for the 2012 NBA draft's No. 1 overall pick. 

The New Orleans Hornets and the former Kentucky Wildcats standout have come to terms that will allow the 19-year-old to finally start making a little bit of cash for his shot-blocking skills, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears.

Hornets announce signings of top overall pick draft @AntDavis23 and 10th selection @AustinRivers25.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 24, 2012

The Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith went on to report details of the rookie contract:

Davis, the first overall pick in last month's NBA draft, will earn $5.144 million in the first year of his three-year guaranteed deal... The total value of Davis' contract will be $16,127,100. Davis salary in the second year of the deal will be $5,375,760 and the third will be $5,607,240.

With a deal in place, the Hornets have secured a spot among the up-and-comers in the Western Conference as they hope to rise out of the basement and into the postseason. 

Davis is just the man to help them do so. 

Although he's unquestionably raw on the offensive end of the court, he possesses an intriguing blend of developing post moves to go along with his solid mid-range game. At the end of his one and only season in Lexington, he was even taking and making a few three-pointers without disrupting the flow of the offense. 

Davis will make much more of an impact on defense during his rookie season. With his instincts, long arms, ability to elevate and nose for rejecting shots, Davis will immediately contend for the league lead in blocked shots, while altering quite a few more out of intimidation.

Perhaps most impressive is his ability to explode off the ground multiple times in succession.  

Plus, the extra follicles between where his two normal eyebrows should be will cause opponents to miss a few extra shots out of pure terror. 

Davis is one of the rare players who has to be considered the favorite for ROY despite his inevitable lack of glamorous offensive numbers. It's his defensive presence and impact in the win column that could push him over the top. 

After securing Davis and trading for Ryan Anderson, the Hornets now have one of the most intriguing frontcourts in the NBA. The inside-outside combination of Davis' length and Anderson's deadly accuracy from the perimeter will be difficult to slow for any squad. 

With Davis' contract agreed to, the climb out of the cellar can officially begin in New Orleans.