Anthony Davis has been the clear, consensus No. 1 pick for the 2012 NBA Draft since the very beginning of the 2011-12 college basketball season. However, there are some teams that would not take Davis if they had the first overall pick.
It sounds crazy, especially when you have a player like this that appears so mature and ready to contribute. The truth though, is that draft picks are often necessitated by position. If a team is very strong in the frontcourt, it probably won’t take a power forward with such a valuable pick.
Most teams would take Davis, since his combination of length, skill and athleticism is something that nearly every team in the NBA could use. There are some though that couldn’t.
The Minnesota Timberwolves might be a team that would pass on Davis if they got the chance. It has been well-documented that the T-Wolves need a shooting guard and Bradley Beal looks like the real deal at that position.
They also need a center, but Davis probably isn’t one long term. Would Minnesota pass on Davis? Maybe not, but it isn’t out of the question.
Am I saying that those teams would be smart in passing on Davis? Absolutely not. Davis is clearly the best player in the draft and should go first overall.
However, some teams are dumb or just unlucky and have shown themselves to be so historically.
The Los Angeles Clippers, despite their recent success, have still not shaken their reputation for being able to ruin a good situation. Don’t forget that this is the team that took Michael Olowokandi No. 1 overall in 1998 over players like Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce.
Forget their dumb picks, some had just been unlucky.
They made a great pick in 2009 in Blake Griffin only to have Griffin miss his entire first season due to injury. Shaun Livingston appeared to be a great player when he was drafted by the Clips in 2004 until injuries killed his career.
Some teams are just unlucky in the draft, but not drafting Anthony would make a team appear incredibly dumb.
What if a team could trade the pick for a big haul? Would the Washington Wizards offer up the No. 1 pick and Nene for Dwight Howard if they had the opportunity? What about New Orleans offering up Eric Gordon and the pick for Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka? Are those or similar trades good ones?
Maybe, maybe not. But either way, it doesn’t mean that the teams wouldn’t do it.
What will probably happen is that the Charlotte Bobcats will get the pick and take Davis. Pure and simple. That’s definitely what they should do and that’s not the issue.
The issue is would any team possibly pass on Davis for any reason. And the answer is yes because, as we know, anything can happen in the NBA.