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.