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

2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 21: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Hornets poses for a portrait during the 2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot at the MSG Training Center on August 21, 2012 in Tarrytown, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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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.