NBA Draft 2012: How Anthony Davis Stacks Up with Previous 5 Top Picks

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NBA Draft 2012: How Anthony Davis Stacks Up with Previous 5 Top Picks
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Anthony Davis is getting the hype a prospect who's presumed to be the No. 1 pick in the draft often receives. Writing for ESPN the Magazine, Bethlehem Shoals said, "Davis is about to transform a franchise and quite possibly the way defenses in the NBA structure themselves."

Steve Kerr told the New York Times (via NOLA.com) that Davis most closely compares to Kevin Garnett.

Davis will not only face comparisons to the game's greats, but also to previous No. 1 picks. Players like LeBron James and Dwight Howard upheld the mantle well. Meanwhile, top picks like Greg Oden and Sam Bowie didn't stand up to the status.

The New Orleans Hornets, which hold the No. 1 pick, would surely be counting on him being closer to being Howard than Oden.

Following is a look at how Davis stacks up against the last five No. 1 picks.

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