Anthony Davis, the first overall selection in this year’s NBA Draft, has some lofty goals for himself in his first season in the NBA with the New Orleans Hornets. Davis told Joe Brescia of The New York Times’ Off the Dribble blog that he has the goals of winning NBA Rookie of the Year, make first team All-Rookie, first team All-Defensive, and finally, win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. Okay, good luck with that, youngster.
Just like with Rajon Rondo wanting to be the best Celtics point guard in history, here again we have a player that isn’t afraid to set the bar high and have a goal to focus on. Of course, it’s a little bit crazy to think that Davis would achieve all of the aforementioned personal benchmarks, but the rookie awards don’t seem too far-fetched. However, getting on some All-Defensive team (likely second, if any) does seem a bit remote with Davis’ Defensive Player of the Year hopes being just about non-existent.
Anthony Davis may not win any hardware or honor for his defensive acumen this season, but with his long arms, great instincts, and athleticism, Davis is sure to be recognized for his defense down the line. Also, in the same interview, Davis compares himself to Kevin Garnett, one of the greatest defenders the NBA has ever known, especially on help D. Not a bad player to compare yourself to.
Davis won’t be recognized this year as the best defensive player in the league, but at 19-years-old, he’s going to get a lot chances.