Anthony Davis will be a star, executive says

Anthony Davis - Getty Images
Anthony Davis – Getty Images

As the player development director for the Trail Blazers, Hersey Hawkins has seen many young players emerge as professionals, and Hawkins said Hornets rookie forward is a step ahead of the majority of the players he has scouted. With Davis’ ability to impact games with his defense and his potential to develop offensively, Hawkins said the 19-year-old power forward the Hornets selected with the first pick of this year’s draft is destined to become a star in the NBA.  Davis was excused from playing on the Hornets’ summer league team after he was invited to play on the U.S. Olympic team.  “I saw him play in college a few times, and he’s going to be a franchise-changer,” said Hawkins, who played 13 seasons in the as a guard before retiring in 2001. “I think of course, defensively, everybody knows what he does with blocking and changing shots. But this guy has skills in handling the ball pretty well, so he’s definitely going to be someone to reckon with for years to come.”


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