NBA Draft Lottery 2012: Ranking Which Teams Need Anthony Davis Most
It has become clear that Anthony Davis is the consensus No. 1 pick for the 2012 NBA draft. The important questions now are who will get him and who truly needs him the most.
Davis was one of the most impressive college freshmen in recent history. The Kentucky Wildcat averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game while also shooting 62 percent from the field. Don’t forget that he also led his team to a national championship.
Many NBA teams could really use a player of this caliber right now, but only one will get that honor. Let’s take a look at the top five teams that really need Davis wearing their colors.
5. Sacramento Kings
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The Sacramento Kings need Anthony Davis for one reason and one reason only: defense.
DeMarcus Cousins and company ranked dead-last in the NBA in points allowed per game, as their opponents scored 104.4 points on average.
Davis won’t be able to correct that problem immediately, but he will help. Just his length and shot-blocking ability alone can do that.
The Kings could also use a dose of Davis’ attitude. A good kid like him could help a roster that appears to be teeming with bad apples.
4. Washington Wizards
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The Washington Wizards have their star point guard in John Wall. They have their offensive big man in Nene.
Anthony Davis could help complete that equation by being their shutdown defensive big man who can also rebound.
Washington ranked 20th in rebounds and points allowed last season, both areas in which Davis could help immediately.
Davis would also be under less pressure with the Wizards, since he’d be paired with a very skilled offensive player down low in Nene.
3. Detroit Pistons
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Greg Monroe is the lone man when it comes to the Detroit Pistons frontcourt. Starting power forward Jason Maxiell is only 6’7” and really lacks the athleticism and talent necessary to be a starter in this league.
Anthony Davis would immediately make the Pistons much better.
He’d greatly help them in rebounding, where they ranked 27th in the league last season. He’d also take pressure off of Monroe, who has shown star quality.
2. Toronto Raptors
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The Toronto Raptors lack inside presence, plain and simple. Therefore, it’s obvious how Anthony Davis could help them.
Andrea Bargnani is talented, but he plays out on the perimeter. Ed Davis and Amir Johnson are decent players, but neither has made the difference inside that is needed.
The Raptors have improved over the past year, especially on defense. Adding a player like Davis could make them an elite defensive squad.
1. Charlotte Bobcats
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Why do the Charlotte Bobcats need Anthony Davis more than any other team in the draft?
Because they need literally anything they can get.
It wouldn’t matter at all who the best player in the draft was, as far as position or anything else. Michael Jordan and his front office know that their team is deficient in almost every way.
You can bet that the Bobcats would be taking the best player no matter what.