NBA Draft 2012: 5 Reasons Anthony Davis Won't Cave Under High Expectations

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NBA Draft 2012: 5 Reasons Anthony Davis Won't Cave Under High Expectations
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Davis should get used to this kind of attention.

A little over three weeks away from the 2012 NBA draft and there is one certainty. A big one.

Kentucky big man Anthony Davis is going No. 1 overall, to the New Orleans Hornets.

According to, Hornets GM Dell Demps all but confirmed what we already knew about Davis. After leading the Wildcats to a national title and averaging 14.2 points, 62 percent shooting, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game while anchoring a team that went 35-1, Davis will be making the Big Easy his home for the foreseeable future.

Being the first pick in any draft brings with it high hopes and lofty expectations. And given what the Hornets franchise has been through over the past couple of years, Davis will be seen as instant savior the minute he walks on stage and shakes David Stern's hand, if he hasn't already.

So how will he handle it? If there was any pressure at UK last year, it was on coach John Calipari, who was fielding his umpteenth phenom-laden squad in a row at either Kentucky or Memphis but had yet to win a championship.

Davis was one of many super prospects, along with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague and so on.

In New Orleans, he'll be expected to be the man from the opening tip of the season. There will be a couple of veterans there to support him. But all eyes will be on him.

Davis seems pretty well adjusted, though. He appears to have a good makeup, has been very grounded from when the Wildcats were on their run to the title through last week's lottery. Add to that his immense talent and reputed excellent work ethic, and he looks like he has what it takes to handle the pressure and scrutiny that will come with his being taken first on June 28.

Here are a few reasons why.

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