Anthony Davis- At 6’10, 220 lbs, Davis is the all around best player in the upcoming draft class. He is a versatile shot blocking machine with outrageously long arms and the ball handling abilities of a guard. Just like in most drafts, there is an obvious number one, and 2012 is no exception. Davis will enter the NBA and have an immediate impact on the defensive end, but I think he will struggle offensively. Similar to what we saw in the championship game against Kansas, his dominant interior defense of six blocked shots and 16 rebounds stole the show.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist-In my opinion, Kidd-Gilchrist is the safest pick in this year’s draft. He is explosive around the rim and doesn’t need the ball to have an impact on the game. He is an exceptional defensive player, which I think will be his bread and butter in the NBA. His high energy and intensity makes him a great pick and a great leader to build a team around.
Andre Drummond-When talking about pure size, mobility, power and athleticism there is only one player that comes to mind: Andre Drummond. At 6’11, 270 lbs, Drummond has drawn comparison to Amar’e Stoudemire because of his explosiveness around the rim and his ability to finish. Overall, I think Drummond will be a top 10 pick, but will struggle as a rookie as he tries to translate his game to the NBA. His non-existent post-up move will come to bite him as he goes up against some of the best centers in the league.
Harrison Barnes-It seems like every guard or small forward in this draft class struggles to create his own shot. In Barnes’ case, it is his lack of explosiveness that prevents him from doing that. In his sophomore season at UNC, Barnes averaged 17.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. In the NBA, I see Barnes getting lost under all the talented players surrounding him. We all know that he will be a top ten pick, but in my opinion, his game is just not good enough to translate into a good NBA player.
- New Orleans
- Portland (from Brooklyn)
- Golden State
- New Orleans (from Minnesota via L.A. Clippers)
- Boston (from L.A. Clippers via OKC)
- Cleveland (from L.A. Lakers)
- Oklahoma City
- Golden State (from San Antonio)