The Hornets’ first two draft picks over the summer are back healthy now and have the team playing some pretty good basketball right now.
Anthony Davis, selected number one overall, has already emerged as one of the premier big men in the league. He’s blocked at least two shots in all three of the games he’s played in and is averaging 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 1.7 steals per contest so far.
Davis had missed two games because of a concussion but appears to be just fine now, and the Hornets have be ecstatic about that. His presence in the frontcourt is going to help New Orleans going forward, as they aim to play better than .500 basketball for the rest of the season.
As for Austin Rivers, who played one season at Duke before turning pro, he hasn’t made as much of an impact as Davis, but the potential is certainly there. Rivers has the right mentality for the NBA, a confident swagger that should serve him well.
However, Rivers is shooting just 29.0 percent from the floor and is averaging 2.3 turnovers per game so far. A rolled ankle hasn’t helped matters, but the shooting guard returned to the lineup against the Charlotte Bobcats this past Friday and then played 36 minutes in the loss to the Houston Rockets.
On the season, Rivers is averaging 6.3 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds. Not the greatest numbers, but the playmaker has shown flashes and that’s got to make New Orleans at least a little excited.
Now, that doesn’t mean you need to go out right now and take the Hornets with all of your NBA picks, but this is definitely a team worth tracking this season. They have plenty of talent in place already and should only improve from here.