Anthony Davis would instantly make Bobcats and Hornets a contender
With Anthony Davis now set to become an NBAcat, it didn’t take long for some of the worst teams in the NBA to start drooling over the chance of drafting him.
From USA Today…
Every NBA team can use Kentucky fantastic freshman forward Anthony Davis. Let’s get that out of the way.
Pairing Kentucky sensation Anthony Davis with center Bismack Biyombo would give the Charlotte Bobcats a frontcourt to rival many.
From the Oklahoma City Thunder to the New Orleans Hornets to the Charlotte Bobcats, teams want Davis.
He is a potential franchise changer at the top end and a player who can help a franchise accelerate the rebuilding process at the very least.
The woebegone Bobcats, lagging behind in their effort to rebuild for a variety of reasons, including suspect management, definitely could use the talents of the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament.
In winning that award and helping the Wildcats win the title, Davis gave a workman-like performance that typifies the Hornets.
If the Minnesota Timberwolves fail to make the playoffs — and right now it appears that way — the Hornets will have their own first-round draft choice and Minnesota’s to increase their chances at the presumptive overall No. 1 draft pick.
Let’s rate Davis’ fit with Charlotte and New Orleans.
Of all teams in the rebuilding process, Charlotte has struggled to make small gains and produce a sliver of hope.
Charlotte owner Michael Jordan needs Davis not only on the court but also as a player he can market off the court and to help sell tickets.
The Bobcats, 7-43 entering Tuesday, have the worst record in the NBA. Unless they go on an unexpected winning streak, they will finish with the worst record and the best chance to get the No. 1 pick with a 25% shot at winning the draft lottery.
Although the Bobcats will likely select no worse than fourth, they want No. 1.
Draft Davis at power forward and pair him with center Bismack Biyombo, a rookie this season, and the Bobcats will be on their way to forming one of the top rim-protecting teams in the league.
Both are outstanding shotblockers, and Davis is expected to be an outstanding defender anywhere on the court, especially when he increases his upper-body strength.
The Bobcats need the help with their interior defense. Charlotte ranked 29th in the league in points allowed in the paint (47.4 per game) entering Tuesday.
Charlotte struggles with its interior scoring and was ranked 28th in the league in points in the paint (34.9 points per game). Davis is great at finishing alley-oops, even from poorly thrown passes, and is a terrific offensive rebounder, another area in which Charlotte struggles — 25th in the league at 10.1 offensive rebounds per game entering Tuesday.
Davis will provide immediate help in so many ways the desperate Bobcats desire.
But he also would help the Hornets in many ways.
The Hornets, who have been controlled by the NBA for more than a year and have yet to secure a new owner, have a dire need in the middle for a player such as Davis, who won multiple national player of the year honors as a freshman. He would enhance the franchise’s value off the court and fill a major void on it.
Hornets center Emeka Okafor has played in just 27 games because of injuries this season and is due $13.5 million for 2012-13. The Hornets have an early-termination option on him for the following season.
Chris Kaman, acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in a deal for All-Star point guard Chris Paul before the season, is a free agent who likely won’t return. Jason Smith, a 7-footer who can log spot minutes at center, is a role player who faces up rather than playing with his back to the basket and lacks shot-blocking ability.
The Hornets received the Timberwolves’ unprotected first-round pick from the Clippers, who owned it from a previous transaction but relinquished rights to it for Paul.
Coach Monty Williams has what he says is a “pound the rock” mentality, putting defense ahead of offense. Before the season began, Kaman said the toughest part of his adjustment was meeting Williams’ defensive demands.
The Hornets are 13-40, third worst in the NBA, yet had the eighth-best scoring defense (93.6 points per game allowed) entering Tuesday. They were just 24th in rebounding and had the second-worst offense (88.9 points per game).
After leading Kentucky to the championship, Davis expressed a sentiment that would be welcomed by Williams. Davis couldn’t get his shots to fall against Kansas but still had the greatest impact on the result.
“I told my team every time down, ‘Y’all score the ball,'” Davis said after the game. “I’m just going to defend and rebound.”
Anthony Davis is going to take over the NBA next year. #TheNextBillRussell