Obviously this year’s only “sure thing” is the most exciting pick. Davis, who recorded the college basketball triple crown last season at Kentucky (national Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, NCAA tournament's Most Outstanding Player), has few weaknesses in his game, especially for a college freshman.
Remarkably, he was a guard through his sophomore year of high school. However, two years and six inches later, Davis was recruited as the nation's top big man.
The late growth spurt has certainly paid off, as Davis can attack and defend like a big man, but he is also an effective shooter for his size. Davis finished a game shooting under 50 percent from the floor only eight times while at Kentucky. He shot over 70 percent on 15 (fifteen!) occasions.
In the June 1995 Sports Illustrated, Jack McCallum said:
[Kevin] Garnett's leaping ability is off the charts, he runs the floor like a sprinter, he shoots 20-foot jumpers with ease and perfect rotation, and he's the best-passing big man in the draft. Most teams believe he'll eventually be a do-everything small forward…
The long, scrawny, defensively gifted Anthony Davis mirrors not only KG’s skill set, but his pre-draft size as well. Davis is 6’10’’, 225; Garnett: 6’11’’, 220. Davis wins the league MVP by 2021.
Davis averaged just 14.2 points per game, but most speculate that this low total was a result of the immense scoring talent around him. He fails to elevate his PPG and becomes a defensive-oriented big man with multiple All-NBA defensive-team appearances.
The Brow is an essential No. 2 or 3 on a contender. Think Tyson Chandler.