On June 28, the worst kept secret in the NBA was finally revealed. The New Orleans Hornets selected Anthony Davis with the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. After losing Chris Paul and being owned by the NBA, the 2012 draft begins the rebirth of the Hornets.
Anthony Davis spent most of his basketball career as a guard. But an incredible growth spurt and wing span now has the Kentucky phenom blessed with the size of a big man and the athletic ability of a guard. I will be interested to see whether New Orleans plays Anthony Davis at center or power forward.
Anthony Davis is still learning how to play his position but his physical gifts should allow him to be a quality rebounder and shot blocker as a Hornet rookie. New Orleans traded center Emeka Okafor, but could still re-sign Chris Kaman to help tutor Anthony Davis.
Since he only played one season of college basketball, I know Anthony Davis still has a lot to learn. Davis' outstanding defense will help the Hornets while he learns the intricacies of being an NBA big man. Although New Orleans is ecstatic to get Anthony Davis, fans are willing to wait a couple of years to return to the NBA Playoffs
I was surprised that the Hornets selected Austin Rivers out of Duke with the 10th pick in the NBA Draft. New Orleans had been rumored to be drafting Rivers. However, Rivers plays shooting guard which is the one position at which the Hornets already have an NBA star.
Assuming New Orleans re-signs Eric Gordon, I guess Hornets head coach Monty Williams will groom his second first round draft pick to become a point guard. When the Hornets have been good, they've always had a great NBA point guard. It will be interesting to see how this draft pick turns out for New Orleans.
After drafting Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, it was almost as if the Hornets' second round draft pick didn't even matter. However, New Orleans once drafted Brandon Bass in the second round and foolishly let him get away. In 2012, their second round NBA Draft pick was Darius Miller from Kentucky.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in attendance the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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