2012 NBA Draft: Anthony Davis Would Be Best No. 1 Selection Since Derrick Rose

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIMarch 25, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17:  Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats looks on in the second half against the Iowa State Cyclones during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 17, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Kyrie Irving, John Wall and Blake Griffin have been the past past three overall No.1 NBA draft picks. Anthony Davis will have a better career than all three.

Davis would be the best No. 1 selection since Derrick Rose, who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 2008.

Irving, Wall and Griffin are unbelievably talented athletes that provide different assets to their respective team. Each are All-Star caliber players in the league.

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23:  Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats blocks a shot by Cody Zeller #40 of the Indiana Hoosiers in the second half during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on March 23, 2012 in At
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Davis provides something that those three can't, and that's shot blocking ability and overall length.

I don't agree with anybody who says that if they could have one player to start a franchise with they would take Dwight Howard.

Howard struggles on the offensive end. That part of his game is still a work in progress but it will never reach the potential scouts believed.

Davis is similar to Howard in shot blocking ability, overall defense, rebounding and ability to score around the rim. However, Davis is head-and-shoulders better than Howard on the offensive end.

He can knock down 15-to-20-foot jumpers consistently, can step out to around the three-point line and can handle the basketball.

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17:  Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats attempts a shot in the first half against Royce White #30 of the Iowa State Cyclones during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 17,
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There were several occasions in the first half against Baylor when Kentucky players gave the ball to Davis to start the fast break.

He's unreal.

Davis isn't as strong, isn't as tall and isn't as pronounced in his body type.

Those are the only differences. He is a more offensive Howard.

Davis is averaging 14.2 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.6 blocks per game; he's shooting 63 percent from the floor.

The scary part about Davis is that he recently turned 19 years of age.

We are looking at a guy who will average a double-double, block a handful of shots per game and will shoot a high percentage from the floor.

He's going to be an amazing talent at the next level. I don't have any doubt about it.