5 Rookies Who Hornets' Anthony Davis Must Fend off to Win Rookie of the Year

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5 Rookies Who Hornets' Anthony Davis Must Fend off to Win Rookie of the Year
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Hornets forward Anthony Davis entered this season as the favorite to win Rookie of the Year. However, a few of his fellow NBA freshmen are looking to give the No. 1 overall pick a run for his money. The early part of this season has seen a number of rookies get off to excellent starts.

Davis has lived up to the hype so far. He's averaging 16 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. He's also had a little trouble with injuries, missing a couple games with a concussion and now being sidelined by an ankle injury. As of November 24, the Hornets are 1-4 without "The Unibrow."

Still, Davis doesn't seem to be limited by the type of learning curve that would hinder a typical 19-year-old rookie with just one year of college basketball under his belt. The summer spent on the Olympic team learning from the likes of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant has seemed to pay off for the former Kentucky Wildcat.

It is still unknown when Davis will return from this latest injury.

"He's still in that boot and I was hoping that he would start feeling better and we'd have him back in maybe a week, but I'm not sure." Hornets coach Monty Williams told NOLA.com, prior to the team's November 23 showdown with the Suns.

When the Hornets' star forward returns, he'll have some tough competition to fend off for top rookie honors. There are at least five rookies who can make a strong case for Rookie of the Year.

The race for the award is shaping up to be one of the season's most interesting storylines.

Here is a look at Anthony Davis' chief competition.

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