As is typically the case with first overall draft picks, Anthony Davis will be the main cog of the offense right from the beginning of his rookie season.
The Hornets opted to select Davis with the first pick and it was a no-brainer. He’s still incredibly young, but Davis has incredible skills on both ends of the court and should transform into one of the most dominant players in the game in no time.
Davis has the starting power forward spot locked up, with Robin Lopez set to start at center for the foreseeable future.
In his official NBA debut, Davis had 21 points and seven rebounds, with a block and a steal as well. He was 6-of-12 from the floor and didn’t turn the ball over once in 29 minutes of action.
Expect more of these types of numbers going forward as the Hornets try to get Davis involved as much as possible. That’s going to be even more true now that Eric Gordon’s out indefinitely for the team. Gordon was a big part of the offense but can’t seem to stay healthy, meaning this team now revolves around Davis.
Davis could afford to add more muscle to his 6’10”, 220 pound frame, but he’s already one of the best defensive players in the nation. His incredible length and athleticism make him an impact player around the basket, and Hornets fans are going to quickly fall in love with the guy.
In that debut, New Orleans lost by just four points to the San Antonio Spurs, one of the early favorites in the Western Conference. That’s a good sign that things are pointing upwards for Davis and the Hornets, and could signal that they’re ready to be a legitimate contender in the NBA going forward.