Anthony Davis: Superstar Rookie Will Exceed All Expectations

James MaahsContributor IIIOctober 9, 2012

TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 21:  Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Hornets poses for a portrait during the 2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot at the MSG Training Center on August 21, 2012 in Tarrytown, New York.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Hornets knew exactly who they were going to pick come the 2012 NBA draft.

Nineteen-year-old Anthony Davis, power forward and center from Chicago, is listed as 6'10" in and 220 lbs.

It's no secret why the Hornets, or any NBA team for that matter, were anxious to draft Davis as quickly as possible. He has the body and skills to be an elite NBA player who can bring a franchise back from the brink of death.

But with all the expectations placed on Davis in the upcoming NBA season, who's to say that he won't exceed every one of them?

The Kentucky Wildcats alum will be expected to play the boards and stay in the middle, where he will block a good amount of shots this season. But can he go above and beyond?

Davis will have time to develop at the NBA level just like any rookie that comes in hoping to become the next superstar of the game. He will be able to develop his offensive game a little bit and may surprise in the amount of points he's able to put up in his rookie season.

Davis should be able to put up 8-10 rebounds per game and 2-3 blocks as well. He should be able to reach double digits in points at 12-14 per game.

It's the exact reason why Davis was picked to play for Team USA when the Summer Olympics took place in London. He's an exceptional rookie with the ability to play beyond his years and contribute in more ways than one.

To call Davis the most valuable rookie in the league already would be premature. The kid has enormous pressure placed on him already to help an ailing Hornets franchise and prove just why he was the No. 1 draft pick.


New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams talked about the pressure surrounding Davis in his upcoming rookie campaign. (via Jimmy Smith of

I think he's got a target, but I think that's what he wants. I'm sure he's aiming for some guys as well. I think he's in the mode of learning the league right now, getting the experience that's going to help him down the line and he has a good understanding that he's a ways away from where he's going to be.

Davis acknowledged that there is a lot of work to be done before he can even consider himself an NBA player. (via Atlanta Blackstar):

I just feel like a guy who’s just playing basketball right now. Until I play an NBA game, then I (can’t) consider myself an NBA player. My game developed more than what I expected just by playing the Olympics and being around them guys. But there’s still a lot to learn and a lot more to do so I’ve got to continue working.

There's endless possibility for Anthony Davis and he will exceed his potential in his first full NBA season.


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