Landing Anthony Davis automatically places you on this list. When you also draft a coach's son who thrives as a playmaker, as well as a great shooter who happens to be Davis' college teammate, you've done your job very well.
An outstanding draft by the New Orleans Hornets.
Does anything even need to be written here? The New Orleans Hornets landed a rookie who, in his first year in the league, will be in consideration for the label of "best interior defender." Once NBA fans see how much range Davis truly has on that end of the floor, however, the word "interior" will be eliminated.
On offense, Davis is clearly a work in progress. Nevertheless, he's very good at taking opponents off of the dribble and has a solid enough mid-range jump shot that opponents must pay mind to his abilities. If all else fails, he's also one of the best offensive rebounders in this class.
Anthony Davis was the clear-cut favorite to go first overall for a reason.
Pick Grade: A+
While some may not be as high on Austin Rivers as others, the New Orleans Hornets made the right move with this pick. While some would have liked to see them go after Kendall Marshall at 10, their greatest need was that of a dynamic playmaker on the perimeter. Austin Rivers can be just that.
In all likelihood, his selfish tendencies will disappear. Regardless of who you may be the son of, any coach will bench you if they feel you're hurting the quality of your team. Due to this fact, Rivers' pure abilities, which certainly classify as elite, will be on full display.
Don't forget the most important fact of all: For every shot Austin Rivers misses, Anthony Davis now has a chance to get his hands on it. Who would be upset with that?
Pick Grade: A-
Darius Miller is an outstanding jump shooter with deep three-point range. He's also a college teammate of first overall draft choice Anthony Davis. When you're able to add depth on the perimeter and familiarity for your franchise player, you couldn't possibly have done a better job utilizing your second-round pick.
Darius Miller is likely to play the role of sixth man in the NBA, which is far from a bad thing. Miller is a high-energy player who positively influences those around him. He's also considered to be a respected leader who is not afraid to be vocal in the locker room or on the floor.
His athleticism and defensive abilities will certainly be welcomed as New Orleans moves quickly to replace Trevor Ariza.
Pick Grade: A
If we're being honest here, the weight that Anthony Davis' selection carries is much higher than any of the other two picks. For that reason alone, this draft can be ranked as high as any.
With that being said, don't undervalue the Hornets' second and third draft choices. Both are talented players who will contribute off the bat, which is exactly what the Hornets were looking for at this point in the draft. Rivers could start at the point as a rookie, while Miller could see consistent minutes at the 3.
A great draft throughout.
Overall Draft Grade: A