NBA Draft 2012: Players Who Could Rival Anthony Davis for No. 1 Overall

Zac SweeneyContributor IIIApril 19, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 17:  Anthony Davis and Doron Lamb talk with the media during the news conference in which he announced they will enter the NBA draft at Joe Craft Center on April 17, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Out of this very deep NBA draft class, Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis has risen above the rest and is currently the projected No. 1 overall pick to the Charlotte Bobcats

There is no doubt in my mind that Davis will go in the top five, but his status as the No. 1 overall pick is questionable. With so many other top prospects in this draft, the No. 1 overall pick is still very much up for discussion. 

The player who is the biggest threat to Davis' status as the top-rated player is Kansas junior power forward Thomas Robinson

Robinson is a strong and athletic prospect who has the size and skill to play both forward and at the wing. He is explosive enough to drive inside and dunk and can also take a few steps back and drain a mid-range jumper. 

On defense, Robinson shows similar tendencies as he uses his size, strength and basketball knowledge to dissect opposing offenses and come away with big blocks, steals and crucial rebounds. 

Robinson also possesses a size and physicality that is absent from Davis, but is necessary to play in the NBA. While they are the same height (6'10"), Robinson already has an overall aggressiveness and strength bonus that Davis should only cultivate during his formative years in the NBA.  

Robinson's final jab is that he has simply played more games on a bigger stage than Davis has. Davis has only played one season at Kentucky compared to Robinson's three seasons at Kansas. Personally, one excellent season isn't enough to prove that a player can function at a professional level. 

The other player that could steal Davis' number one sport would have to be fellow Wildcat, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. 

Kidd-Gilchrist is just as deadly as Davis when it comes to shooting and defense. Last season, Davis averaged only three points and rebounds more than Kidd-Gilchrist. Both were the focal points of Kentucky's championship run, and they played off each other well. These two players are neck and neck and are projected to be the top two picks, regardless of order, come draft day.

The two are pretty evenly match in many aspects of their game. It will be decided by personal preference and who the Bobcats see as the best locker-room fit if the decision comes down to the two of them.