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Top-pick Davis setting lofty goals for rookie NBA season

TSN.ca Staff

8/28/2012 2:16:46 PM

First overall pick Anthony Davis and New Orleans Hornets rookie is setting himself some lofty goals for his first NBA season.

In a Q&A with the New York Times Davis said he wants to win NBA Rookie of the Year, make the All-Defensive first team and be the Defensive Player of the Year.

That would be uncharted territory for a first year player as no rookie has ever been named defensive player of the year or to an NBA defensive first team.

It's unlikely that Davis manages the trifecta, but still, Hornets fans have to love the hunger their young face of the franchise.

Davis was widely considered the top prospect heading into the draft and the Hornets selected him with the top pick after he led the Kentucky Wildcats to the NCAA National Championship.

The 19-year-old Davis was also named the AP college basketball player of the year with averages of 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.6 blocks as a freshman.

With his incredible athleticism and defensive chops Davis is certainly the early favourite for top rookie honours.

The defensive accolades he is gunning for are less likely as Davis still needs to develop physically and will probably need a year or two of NBA seasoning before he is truly ready to challenge the NBA's best defensive big men like Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett and Tyson Chandler.

But hey, anything can happen.

For the full NY Times Q&A click here.