Anthony Davis had a very interesting answer when the New York Times asked him what he expected to do during his rookie season with the New Orleans Hornets. From the interview:
Q. What do you want to accomplish in your first season in the N.B.A.?
A. Win rookie of the year. Make first-team all-rookie, first-team all-defense and defensive player of the year.
You can’t really blame him. I mean, ever since he got out of high school Anthony Davis has lost a grand total of one basketball game during NCAA and Olympic competition. He’s won the Freshman of the Year Award, NCAA Player of the Year, NCAA Defensive Player of the Year, Final Four MVP, a spot on Team USA’s roster and an Olympic Gold Medal on top of being the number one overall pick in the draft all in the span of a few months. I’m actually shocked he didn’t say the Hornets would be winning the title this year.
Davis also compared his game to Kevin Garnett’s in the Q&A, which might be an apt comparison when his career is over. Davis clearly doesn’t lack confidence in himself and being around the veterans of Team USA this summer should certainly help ease him into the league. Rookie of the Year is definitely in his grasp. As far as defensive player of the year? I’m not sure anyone will rack up more votes than Dwight Howard now that he’s a Laker.