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Team: New Orleans Hornets
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 15.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 2.3 blocks, 1.3 steals, 27.9 minutes, 26.59 PER*
I'll be honest here. I have no idea where to rank Anthony Davis, but this spot seems as good as any.
Only the next three rookies have truly stood out in a positive way while remaining healthy and on the court rather than the bench for large portions of the game. The group of players behind Davis have impressed at times, but they've either struggled or failed to carve out a large enough role in their respective rotations.
After all, Davis has been the most impressive first-year player when he's been on the court. He just hasn't been dressed all that often, playing in only seven of his team's first 20 games thanks to a concussion and a subsequent ankle injury.
When healthy, Davis has been dominant. He simply does it all, providing an enticing combination of offensive presence—remember when we thought this kid was going to be extremely limited on offense in the NBA?—and defensive impact.
We'll know for sure just how much of a stud The Brow is when he's provided us with more than a seven-game sample size, but it's tough not to like what we've seen thus far.
If his first game back from his ankle injury—13 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks in 25 minutes—is any indication, we're going to keep liking it.
*While the per-game stats are updated through Tuesday, Dec. 11, the PER is only updated through Monday, Dec. 10.