Ranking Anthony Davis Among the Most Impressive Rookies in Hornets History

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Ranking Anthony Davis Among the Most Impressive Rookies in Hornets History
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New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis has played well enough in his debut season to have his name mentioned with some of the best first-year players in the franchise's history. The No. 1 overall pick continues to put himself in the running for Rookie of the Year with stellar play on both ends of the court.

Davis is coming off a 17-point/nine-rebound performance against the team that seems to be his favorite opponent this season, the San Antonio Spurs. The former Kentucky Wildcat is averaging 18.7 points and nine rebounds in three meetings with Tim Duncan and company. Against other teams, Davis averages 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game (statistics as of Jan. 8).

For the season, Davis is scoring 13.7 points a night. He's also the team's leader in rebounds (8.3 RPG) and blocked shots (1.9 BPG). He's been a key part in New Orleans winning four of its past seven games.

As Davis progresses, the race for top rookie honors will become more interesting between him and current front-runner Damian Lillard, of the Portland Trail Blazers. There's plenty of time left for Davis to close the gap on the Blazers guard.

For now, let's take a look at how Davis' first three months stack up against other rookies in the Hornets' history.

Before we get started, here's a quick disclaimer: these rankings are based solely on the player's rookie season. Some of these players went on to better careers with other franchises, while others bounced back from slow starts as rookies to become viable NBA pros.

However, there will be a career ranking at the bottom of each slide to help cover all of the bases.

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