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Can Anthony Davis Win Rookie of the Year?



Despite still being considered a work in progress by many, Anthony Davis is having the rookie season we all dreamed of for him, averaging 13.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, and 1.7 blocks per game on the season. Davis’ biggest competition? Damian Lillard, a rookie for the Portland Trailblazers out of Weber State, averaging 19 ppg, 6.5 assists, and 3.2 rebounds on the season (21.2 ppg and 6.6 assists after the break). Both stars have shown improvement in the past few weeks, and while Lillard is seen as the more complete player, Patrick Michael of Yahoo! Sports thinks Davis is gaining some ground in the Rookie oft he Year race:


Considering he just turned 20 on March 11 and he was still in high school two years ago, Anthony Davis is having an exceptional NBA rookie¬†season. Slowed early on by injuries, Davis had a difficult learning curve in acclimating to the Hornets’ offense. Despite what some considered a slow start, Davis is averaging 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game. He leads NBA rookies in rebounds and blocks, which looks good on his Rookie of the Year resume.

Since the NBA All-Star break, Davis has improved tremendously for New Orleans. He has confidence in his mid-range jumper and with an obvious better understanding of the Hornets’ offense, New Orleans is now running plays for him. In the 17 games he’s played after the break, Davis is averaging 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. Hornets coach Monty Williams has also increased Davis’ playing time.


Anthony Davis’ basketball career has been defined by periods of intense growth, both literally with his height and in basketball smarts and game play. Regardless of whether or not he wins ROY, he’s going to continue to improve throughout the rest of this season and will be closer to realizing his full potential as an NBA shot-blocking monster.

Article written by Kristen Geil

14 Comments for Can Anthony Davis Win Rookie of the Year?

  1. Oldblue
    3:46 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    Jim Rome SUCKS

  2. WouldYaLookAtThis?
    4:01 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    enjoy my work. : P fuk you tard fans!

  3. Austin
    4:03 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    I think it is kind of a joke to say Damian Lillard is thought of as a more complete player. He is the better offensive player, but he is one of the worst defenders in the league. That is pretty common for young PG’s. Kyrie Irving still struggles on defense as well.

    Davis is the more complete player, and will be a lot better than Lillard going forward. That isn’t a knock on Lillard, Davis is just a future hall of famer.

  4. Roland
    4:09 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    AD on the shot in the pic:
    “The twins are coming”

  5. Delk for 3
    4:28 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    Why not mention of the William “Worldwide” Wesley story on this website? I don’t know about you guys, but I think it is a tad bit concerning.

  6. Atticus
    4:33 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    It’s a non-story. They barred him from the credentialed area for unknown reasons. My guess is that they didn’t like he “received” his credential.

  7. Roland
    4:40 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    Big KSR comment like talk on Twitter with @KySportsRadio @DrewFranklinKSR v @dandakich

    The comment fun here is better

  8. Delk for 3
    4:41 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    7 — I hope it is a non-story and there is nothing to it. Printing a picture of a dude and passing around flyers is kind of fishy.

  9. Roland
    4:47 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    7, so if it a NON-STORY, why do these guys (@KySportsRadio @DrewFranklinKSR v @dandakich) go at it?

  10. Roland
    4:48 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    Related to my own comment= dumb.
    meant 8

  11. Winston Churchill
    5:42 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA was trying to bar WWW from the Midwest Regional- but not to see Kentucky, because they aren’t there. Who is though? Louisville and Duke.

    Glad the NCAA cares so very much about making such a big deal about it though. It sure beats investigating Academic Fraud and $100,000 loans to players.

  12. Blueneck
    6:30 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    What this post fails to mention is that Davis’s stats of late are much improved because he is finally getting decent minutes. Early on he had way too many games of 20-25 minutes where he was not in foul trouble.

  13. Poop fan
    9:37 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    It’s not close… Lillard is way better at this point and I am as big an AD fan as anyone!

  14. Dr. Funke
    11:41 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    Lillard deserves it and should win, but davis is much younger than lillard and does not play as near as many minutes as lillard does. In a couple of years Davis will be the better player baring injury, and everyone in the NBA knows this.