NBA Draft 2012: Power Rankings for Anthony Davis and Franchise-Changing Stars

Gordie GoldCorrespondent IApril 12, 2012

1. Anthony Davis

Davis is going to be the No.1 draft pick in the 2012 draft, and there is no reason why he shouldn't be. He's an absolute beast and is going to turn around whichever franchise he goes to.

The biggest difference he is going to make for a team is on the defensive end. He swats shots and is all over the boards. Davis also has a solid offensive game that will continue to improve.

Many people say he looks like a stick and NBA players are going to overpower him. Look at Joakim Noah. He came into the NBA just as scrawny as Davis, and has clearly put on a lot of muscle. Davis will be able to do the same.

Assuming he adds on muscle and his offensive game continues to improve, Davis could be the next great big man in the NBA.


2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Kidd-Gilchrist is the complete package.

He plays with a ton of intensity on both ends of the court. He is arguably the most athletic prospect in the 2012 draft. He can shut down an opposing team's top scorer, and he can be the go-to scorer on the offensive end. Kidd-Gilchrist plays with a fierce tenacity that is going to make him the leader of a team and the face of a franchise.

If he is able to improve his outside shot, Kidd-Gilchrist will be one of the best small forwards in the NBA.


3. Thomas Robinson

Robinson plays with a ton of heart. He will provide a spark to whichever franchise he goes.

He is going to be one of the most athletic power forwards in the league, very similar to Blake Griffin. He does all the dirty work and has a finesse game, too. He will scrap on the boards and dive for loose balls, while at the same time blowing by defenders on offense.

Robinson also has a decent jump shot, which will help him significantly. He can guard a player on the perimeter, while also forcing a defense to do the same.


4. Bradley Beal

Beal is the best shooting guard in this year's draft. He can shoot the lights out, as well as attack the rim.

He may be a little undersized as an NBA shooting guard, but his game makes up for that. He has the ability to handle the ball, too, so he could be a large point guard. Beal is also a great rebounder and defender for his size, which will help him transition.

He is going to have to become more aggressive in the NBA and show he can take over a game, though.


5. Harrison Barnes

Barnes came into college as one of the most highly touted prospects.

He was always a solid player at North Carolina, but only showed flashes of his dominance. At the next level, I see Barnes being more of a quiet superstar, similar to Joe Johnson. He has all the tools to be a great wing player in the NBA, with great size to go along with a great offensive and defensive game.

If he can become more consistent, Barnes will be a cornerstone piece for a franchise.