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Does Anthony Davis have a case for Rookie of the Year?


The NBA regular season is coming to a close, which means it’s time for postseason awards. One year ago today, we said goodbye to Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, Darius Miller and Marquis Teague. How have the draft Cats fared in their first year in the league? Here are their season averages:

Anthony Davis (New Orleans): 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte): 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists

Terrence Jones (Houston): 5.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.1 blocks

Doron Lamb (Orlando): 3.3 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists

Marquis Teague (Chicago): 2.1 points, 0.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists

Darius Miller (New Orleans): 2.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.9 rebounds

As always, numbers don’t tell the whole story (although Jonathan Schuette’s analysis is pretty darn close). For instance, both Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist missed some games due to injury, several players spent a good deal of time in the D-League improving their game, and Davis and Terrence Jones made strong late season surges.

As his draft selection would suggest, Davis had the most successful season of Kentucky’s rookies, and according to Chad Ford, should win Rookie of the Year. During his weekly chat this afternoon, Ford made a case for Davis as ROY over Damian Lillard based on the stats. Despite spending the offseason with the Olympic team and missing several games due to injury, Davis lead the rookies in rebounding, blocks, double-doubles, and efficiency. He was fourth in rookie scoring, behind Lillard, Dion Waiters and Bradley Beal. Davis also leads rookies in the Player Efficiency Rating (21.78) and Estimated Wins Added (9.4).

On the other hand, Lillard (a four-year player at Weber State) has played well all season, leading the league’s rookies in points, breaking the rookie record for threes made, and becoming just the third rookie ever to total 1,500 points and 500 assists. Those numbers are pretty hard to argue with and will likely give Lillard the award, especially since Davis was really only hit his stride at the end of the season. However, Davis’ late season surge and growing confidence bode well for next season. Now the Brow just needs to rehab from his knee sprain and spend some time in the weight room. And maybe find a pizza flavored protein shake.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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8 Comments for Does Anthony Davis have a case for Rookie of the Year?

  1. Fluke22
    8:35 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Not even close ..19,7,3 for Lilliard

  2. Sports fan
    8:36 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    No he don’t… Lillard wins hands down. Wake up Kentucky fans there is more to life than UK basketball. Huge world, get involved..

  3. tdogg40330
    8:57 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    2) Huge world, a lot more on the internet than a UK sports blog if
    you aint a fan ….. get involved and search something else.

  4. Stuck on Blue
    9:02 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Lillard wins this one. That’s okay, AD’s trophy case is already pretty full from last year. A good rookie season is great, but let’s see how they measure up in 5-10 years. Dollars to doughnuts, without major injuries to either player, AD will have the better career. Just my take.

  5. TheProfessor
    9:05 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Teague, Lamb, Jones, and kidd-gilchrist should have returned to school. These guys could all have been in the top ten this year. Gilchrist could have used another year to work on his offensive game. This may sound crazy but despite being the number one overall pick, Davis could have used another year to get stronger. The NBA should make it two years..period! How is it helping NBA fanchises to have guys that spend 3/4 of the season in the D-League?

  6. Sport fan
    9:34 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    3 truth hurts I guess… And 4 what is your input on UK very well getting all their season wins and them trophy your talking about getting took away when the NCAA gets involved. We all know the damage Cal left behind at Memphis and Umass, u know it coming.

  7. Stuck on Blue
    10:06 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    @6 (Sport fan) Should I type slower so you can understand? I was talking about ALL of AD’s personal awards from the gold medal on down, not just the team’s 2012 Championship. I have no input on your ignorant post, other than to say you just keep on waiting. Haters gonna hate, and trolls gonna troll.

  8. dave
    11:28 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    5-b/c it keeps their scouts out of high school gyms.
    b/c a recruit is able to go to a uk, ku, unc & get free publicity/hype
    b/c a recruit has to play against top level competition & guys stronger/older than him in college
    b/c teams get a better idea of how the recruit reacts to life/change/becoming a man
    how can anyone not see the obvious reasons why the nba wants kids to go to college???