An Anthony Davis Stats Update

Stephen Dunn

Here's how Mr. Davis is looking on a couple of important rookie lists:

Totals
Rk Player Season Age Tm G GS MP PER
1 Andre Drummond 2012-13 19 DET 48 0 973 22.7
2 Anthony Davis 2012-13 19 NOH 35 31 1001 21.1
3 Damian Lillard 2012-13 22 POR 47 47 1813 16.3
4 Andrew Nicholson 2012-13 23 ORL 44 11 639 15.6
5 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 2012-13 19 CHA 45 44 1196 14.8
6 Brian Roberts 2012-13 27 NOH 46 0 663 14.3
7 Jonas Valanciunas 2012-13 20 TOR 30 28 645 13.9
8 Jared Sullinger 2012-13 20 BOS 45 5 892 13.6
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/4/2013.

I suspect I've made my gripes with PER plenty obvious over the last couple years -- I much prefer a position-by-position analysis of the relevant advanced stats for a given team role -- but top-level rookie PER is generally a strong indicator of future stardom. To that idea:

Rk Player Season Age Tm PER
1 Tim Duncan 1997-98 21 SAS 22.6
2 Chris Paul 2005-06 20 NOK 22.1
3 Blake Griffin 2010-11 21 LAC 21.9
4 Chris Webber 1993-94 20 GSW 21.7
5 Elton Brand 1999-00 20 CHI 20.6
6 Yao Ming 2002-03 22 HOU 20.6
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/4/2013.

That's every 20+ PER rookie [excluding a 31-year old Arvydas Sabonis :( ] of the last two decades. It's worth noting that Davis PER has been climbing since coming off of what appeared to be a rookie wall/lull/abeyance thing back in late December. At this juncture, it's very, very conceivable that the Hornets could finish 2013 and their tenure as "the Hornets" with 2 of the top 3 rookie campaigns of the last 20 years.

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