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Anthony Davis wants to win ROY. And DPOY. This season.

Aug 27, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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Hornets fans, you should like what Anthony Davis said for a couple of reasons.

What did he say? In a Q&A with the New York Times he talks a little about his Olympic experience, how he wants to play as hard as Kevin Garnett does every night, how he likes to draw cartoons, how he listens to Frank Ocean and more. Then he was asked his goals for his rookie season.

Win rookie of the year. Make first-team all-rookie, first-team all-defense and defensive player of the year.

Wow. Lofty.

He may win ROY, although I expect Damian Lillard and others to give him a run there (he should end up being the best player out of this class hands down, but it is going to take a few years to really reach his full potential).

But Defensive Player of the Year? Um… Tyson Chandler, Dwight Howard, LeBron James and others will have a say there. A bigger say.

But like I said, Hornet fans should be happy. First, you want a guy to set lofty goals. You want a player who thinks big — about winning, about goals for himself.

Second, he wants to establish himself on defense. That is key. If he can focus on that end and become a defensive force, he can lead the Hornets to big heights. The offense will come, he has a nice offensive game (he can finish around the rim, has a little midrange) but that will come with time. But the key is at the other end of the floor and he knows it.

And that Olympic experience is going to help him speed along that learning curve.

  1. hannsta - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Maybe DPOY is a hair lofty this year but I see it as quite realistic within the next couple years. He is a beast! I forget the numbers but every olympic game I watched he got a couple blocks in the 10 minutes he played.

  2. congocash - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    How long before he shaves the catapiller? Its gone by january….

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      ” Its gone by january….”

      Doubtful. I’m guessing he’d lose his trademark on “Fear the Brow” if he shaves it off.

  3. lakerluver - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Why stop there, how about MVP?! Gotta love the kids attitude. I think he’s going to be a superstar by the his 3rd or 4th season.

  4. eugenesaxe - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    RoY is his to lose, the media has seen to that.

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