NBA Draft Lottery 2012: Best-Case Scenario for Anthony Davis
Each team would love to win the Anthony Davis Sweepstakes by being awarded the first overall pick in the NBA Draft Lottery, but where would the Unibrow be best served?
The Charlotte Bobcats have the best chances at taking home the No. 1 selection.
But Davis certainly wouldn't automatically change the fortunes of a franchise which had the worst season in recent memory.
Every team is shooting for the shot-blocker.
Here are the best-case scenarios for where he could land, among the seven teams with the best chances.
1. Sacramento Kings: 7.6 Percent Chance
Off-the-court issues aside, the team Anthony Davis could really take to the next level is the Sacramento Kings.
The Kentucky forward would join fellow John Calipari disciples Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, to form a young nucleus which could dominate in a few years.
With Evans and recent breakout rookie Isaiah Thomas in the backcourt, and DMC & Davis in the frontcourt, the only position in need of upgrading would be the 3.
The past few lotteries have not been kind to the Kings, who have dropped two or three spots in the draft order each of the last three years.
Moving up this lottery would make up for the bad luck, especially because Davis and Cousins would be a defensive—and offensive—one-two punch.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers: 13.8 Percent Chance
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Two straight first overall selections sure sound good to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and also to Anthony Davis, since he would join stellar point guard Kyrie Irving.
Not only that, Davis would be also play alongside another top-five pick in power forward Tristan Thompson.
The two big men would be well-served by Irving, who also can score.
It worked out pretty well for those players, and Davis would be looking to do the same.
3. Washington Wizards: 19.9 Percent Chance
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Despite recent trouble, some talent seems to be maturing alongside Wall in Washington.
Though it was garbage time for some teams, the Wizards won six straight to close the season—the longest streak by the team since 2007.
Furthermore, each game featured a different leading scorer for Washington.
The offense might finally gel, leaving Davis to join Nene in the backcourt and bring some D.
4. Golden State Warriors: 3.6 Percent Chance
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The Golden State Warriors have been hurting for a big man, but winning Anthony Davis would be a sort of a logjam up front.
Since the Dubs already have former All-Star David Lee, and finally will get to use former No. 1 pick Andrew Bogut, Davis would likely come off the bench at first.
That could be good or bad for the Unibrow. He'd have time to get accustomed to the next level, but he may not get the minutes he needs to develop.
Lee told 95.7 The Game he wants the Warriors to pick up a shutdown defender, and Davis could be just that for a team hoping to become a contender.
5. New Orleans Hornets: 13.7 Percent Chance
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Talk about a crowded frontcourt. Anthony Davis would join four other big men if the New Orleans Hornets were to move up to the No. 1 pick.
Though they all missed significant time last season, the Hornets have centers Chris Kaman and Emeka Okafor, and power forwards Carl Landry and Jason Smith.
The good news is the Hornets seem to have some talent, despite their recent troubles.
The team is very high on point guard Jarret Jack. Shooting guard Eric Gordon should be back and small forward Trevor Ariza still has promise.
But Davis would be joining a very young team years away from contending at all.
6. Brooklyn Nets: 7.5 Percent Chance
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Well, Dwight Howard.
According to Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets would trade Davis for Howard if it meant Williams would stay.
In that case, Brooklyn landing the No. 1 pick could mean Davis goes instead to the Orlando Magic. That isn't good for the Unibrow, who would be stepping in to an organization starting fresh after firing its GM and coach.
Surely, the Nets would have to part with another piece, and Davis would join fellow young big men Glen Davis and Ryan Anderson. But a sticky situation is nowhere a No. 1 pick wants to wind up.
7. Charlotte Bobcats: 25 Percent Chance
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Even if the team is owned by Michael Jordan, the worst place among the bottom seven teams for Anthony Davis to land is the Charlotte Bobcats.
Last season, Charlotte experienced the worst season in NBA history. They had the worst offense in the league, and by far the worst points differential. Their leading scorer was Gerald Henderson (who?) with 15.1 points a game.
The only bright spot for Davis would be coupling with young center Bismarck Biyombo.
The 19-year-old Zaire native still has to develop, much like Davis, but both are defensive presences who could come into their own together, a la Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Bad news for the Bobcats: 2004 was the last lottery which the worst team ended up with the No. 1 pick.