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No debate: NBA execs agree Davis likely top pick

Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:30 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 2:32 pm
 
By Jeff Goodman

There will be no debate about No. 1.

No, I'm not talking about whether it's North Carolina or Kentucky for the top overall spot in the poll.

I'm talking about the discussion of who will be the top overall pick in the NBA Draft - as long as there is such a thing as the NBA Draft this June.

After speaking to a handful of NBA executives since Tuesday night, there's only one name that surfaces right now - and that's Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis.

True, he's only played a few games thus far - but it doesn't take a genius to see the potential.

He's a game-changer - on both ends of the floor.

He's got the length that NBA types drool over.

He plays hard - and has a feel for the game.

He's versatile.

The lone drawback with the 6-foot-10 Davis is that he's not ready to come in - from a physical standpoint - to the NBA.

However, it's all about potential - and his ceiling is higher than any of the other candidates (i.e. Harrison Barnes, Jeremy Lamb, Jared Sullinger).
Comments

Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2011 5:52 am
 

No debate: NBA execs agree Davis likely top pick

Davis is a "can't miss" prospect/FREAK OF NATURE due to his attitude and work ethic. The impression that I've gotten from watching him since he's been at UK. And I've seen those other "can't miss" prospects come & go to the college game over the years. Just having UK in mind, Randolph Morris pops up in my head. Huge kid with a lot of talent, a lot of hype, but with a piss poor work ethic. You could tell from the get go, as a freshmen at UK, that he was only worried about "getting" to the NBA, not worried about the work it would take to be a solid pro, much less a star. Thus that piss poor work ethic, only a few years after getting his chance in the NBA, has landed Morris in China, far from his dream gig. Back to Davis. Yeah he's not the strongest fellor right now, but the kid has the wide shoulders/frame to easily feel out, unlike some of the other thin NBA prospects in the college game right now. Heck, he's already gained a lot of weight/muscle since coming to UK. A few years from now, with the same effort that he's given already in the weight room, Davis will easily have the weight to compete with the elite big men of the NBA. Same way as many other "teen" college stars have done before him. Barring injuries, because of his attitude and work ethic, Davis will be a star in the NBA. If he doesn't, I'd be completely shocked. The kid has serious game!



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2011 4:28 am
 

No debate: NBA execs agree Davis likely top pick

I think he will stay another yr. He needs to add wight and he he knows this. Plus there will be a 2 yr rule i do beleive.   These guys need to stay 2 yrs. It would help the NBA.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 10:59 pm
 

No debate: NBA execs agree Davis likely top pick

There's also that little matter of maybe not wanting to come out into the league coming off the lockout.



Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 7:16 pm
 

No debate: NBA execs agree Davis likely top pick

I don't think that anyone has addressed how the order of the next draft will be determined.  They surely can't repeat the order of the last one, so I guess that it will be a full-league lottery draw.  It does present an unusual situation.




Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 7:14 pm
 

No debate: NBA execs agree Davis likely top pick

I am not to sure about that one. I know Lamb, Barnes and Sullinger are flat out studs and Lamb is a true money play with worlds of upside and ability! He can do it all and loots like a young Lamar Odom



Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 7:08 pm
 

No debate: NBA execs agree Davis likely top pick

"he's not even one of the top college players as of November 19, 2011"

Are you absolutely high?

Or are you one of those that look at the player stats no matter if their team wins or loses?

Davis was a H.S. Point guard until he shot up from 6'4 to 6'10 in 2 years! He's probably the most freakish NBA prospect since John Wall, whom also didn't really rank up in any particular stat.

Simply put, NBA scouts know a HeII of a lot more than we do and know better than to look at box scores to evaluate talent. Davis will be a freakish #3 in the NBA and he can shoot . . . . damn good if you have ever seen his shoot-arounds. He just needs to settle down and learn the arc of his shot which is not easy when youv'e grown 6 inches overnight.



Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:46 pm
 

No debate: NBA execs agree Davis likely top pick

danstop, you are correct!  No way that team of one & done's wins a National Championship.
 



Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 2:17 pm
 

No debate: NBA execs agree Davis likely top pick

"GO CATS! Davis will help bring home #8 !"

As in "Elite 8", right?



Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:39 pm
 

No debate: NBA execs agree Davis likely top pick

This analysis is way too premature.  I live in LA and have followed the Lakers/NBA (and watched the Clippers) for years and Davis is, or should I say, could become a great college player, but he is not close to being ready for the power and grind of the NBA.  In fact, he's not even one of the top college players as of November 19, 2011.  I can list twenty (for the Birthday he should celebrate while at UK) current power forwards who will be licking their chops to match up against Davis if the NBA exists next year... When you read these names and you look at Davis' current game, it puts it all in perspective.  Kevin Love, Blake Griffin (I fear for Davis), Pau Gasol, Zack Randolph, Drik Nowitzki, LaMarcus Aldridge, David Lee, Kevin Garnett, Paul Milsap, Chris Bosh, Josh Smith, Luis Scola, Gerald Wallace, Elton Brand, Lamar Odom, Andray Blatch, Kris Humphries, Antawn Jamison. 



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 10:47 am
 

No debate: NBA execs agree Davis likely top pick

NBA DRAFT 2012 BEST SINCE LEBRON WADE MELO IN 2003

The '12 NBA draft is the best and deepest since 2003. A great big man in Drummond, multi-talented players in Barnes, McAdoo, Davis, Perry Jones, ball-handling dynamite in Kabongo, pure scoring in Beal, brute force and smarts in Sullinger - what's not to like? It ain't clear now but in 5 years you will know who the top guy is, just like no-one knew in 2003 that Wade would be the huge star that he is now.  



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