If Davis translates as a 4, can he bang with the big boys? Will he be able to score on Serge Ibaka? Will he be able to defend Gasol, Griffin or Paul Millsap, all players capable of manhandling him physically? Will his length be a big enough difference maker to maintain his current value?
Davis thrives right now because there isn't another player in college basketball like him. Once he reaches the NBA, his distinctive qualities will be diluted by others like him.
What will be interesting to see is whether he can dominate Thomas Robinson tonight, or if the versatility and power of the Kansas forward will be a bit overwhelming for him. If he is able to corral Robinson and force him into contested shots, without allow him to draw fouls using his broad body, my opinion of Davis will change slightly.
Personally, I think we may see Davis in foul trouble tonight if Bill Self is savvy enough to go right at him.
The biggest advantage of having an NBA body is that it allows you to play both ends. What's great about Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and others is their ability to always guard the other teams best players.
Not only will Davis not be in this position, but he plays a position which rarely houses a team's best player. This, in itself, subtracts a bit of Davis' allure as a defensive prodigy.
Smarter Picks: Thomas Robinson, Harrison Barnes
The jury is still out on Harrison Barnes after he failed to live up to the meteoric hype surrounding him before, during and after his Skype commitment to Carolina. Fortunately for Barnes, he is still only 19, and those traits everyone drooled over two years ago are still there today.
Barnes is as close to a dominant 2-guard as we've seen in a long time. He has the ability to be a lock-down defender on one end, and a player capable of scoring in every way imaginable on the other.
Like Kobe (the inevitable comparison following Barnes around everywhere), Barnes can post-up, has a silky-smooth jumper, is quite capable from the arc, and is unnerving with the ball in his hands. Once he becomes more consistent he will be able to dominate at the next level, and looking at recent draft boards, someone will be getting him at a discount.
As for Robinson, what's there not to like?—he has a strong head on his shoulders, maturity at age 21, a body befitting an Old Spice commercial and a polished, NBA-ready post game.
The only knock on Robinson, that which is keeping him from the No. 1 pick conversation, is his size. But, at 6'9", his inch or two in height deficiency is more than compensated by his broad shoulders and their ability to create space.
As with Davis, tonight will be a proving ground of sorts for Robinson. If he is able to approach 20 points with double-digit rebounding against a vastly more talented team, he may get some more recognition on draft day.