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The No. 1 overall pick in last year’s NBA draft, Anthony Davis was highly touted out of Kentucky. Battling shoulder, ankle and knee injuries throughout the length of the season, Davis showed remarkable improvement down the stretch before a sprained MCL ended his season three games early.
Starting his rookie campaign as a teenager, Davis scored 21 points on 6-of-12 from the field in the first game of the season, showing early the type of player he can be.
His body proved to be fragile—as critics said he was too skinny—and he missed 18 games over the course of the season.
When he was on the court, his presence alone made the Hornets a better team. Shooting 51.6 percent from the field, Davis averaged 13.5 points per game in 28.8 minutes. He has a great mid-range jumper and is quick enough to get to the rim.
It seemed like coach Monty Williams took it slow with Davis at times, but with his injury-prone body, that will prepare him for the years ahead. He has a tremendous skill-level, displaying steady progression as he became accustomed to the talent of the NBA.
His own talent lies with his defense. He had a team-best 8.2 rebounds per game. Displaying a superb ability to block shots in college, Davis managed to block 1.8 shots per game in his first NBA season. He had a season high of five blocks in two separate games.
There’s a lot of growth left for Davis, but his rookie season, despite the injuries, was very impressive and a sign of things to come.