What the Bobcats really need to do with the first pick is select a new owner. From the top down, everything about this organization is awful. It needs a complete reboot. Since the draft isn’t capable of doing all that, though, Charlotte will have to settle for the most impactful defensive player we’ve seen in years. As he showed all throughout his freshman season at Kentucky, Davis knows how to make a difference without scoring a point. While his offensive game needs a bit of refinement, his attitude, smarts and ridiculous athleticism should be enough to carry him until it develops into what it needs to be.
The Wizards need an upgrade at every position that isn’t point guard, and Kidd-Gilchrist will provide them with a jolt of energy on and off the court. This guy has the length and athleticism to impact every facet of the game, and his NBA-ready attitude makes him an ideal fit for a young, developing team in need of some leadership. A couple of Wildcats forming one of the best duos in the NBA? Yes, please.
The Hornets could use a big and some added stability at the point, but ultimately they’ll end up pulling the trigger on Robinson here. As he proved time and again over the course of the NCAA Tournament, this guy has all of the physical and mental tools necessary for success at the next level. Physically, Robinson has an NBA body and should have no problems handling business on the glass and getting good position on the post. What’s mildly troubling, however, is the lack of versatility in his scoring game. He could cover that up at the college level where he was athletically superior to the competition, but it's something that will get exposed when he’s going up against the best in the world. Robinson needs to improve his shooting, footwork and timing, but his great defense should earn him quality minutes while he develops his offensive game.
Out of all the teams picking in the top five, the Kings actually need a center least. Of course, that doesn’t mean much, seeing as in the NBA teams always need a quality center, even when they don't. Whether or not Drummond is a quality center remains to be seen, though. Physically, this kid has the body and look of a guy who should be successful at the next level. Skills-wise, he’s not ready yet. Presuming he gets in the right situation, Drummond could prove to be a very legit player in due time. Unfortunately, Sacramento (given the instability with ownership and the lack of veteran depth in the locker room) doesn’t feel like the right situation for a guy whose skills are this raw.
After an interesting year with Florida, Beal comes into this draft as one of the more intriguing prospects available. The Cavaliers have a solid point guard in place already, and Beal could be the missing piece to making that backcourt one of the NBA's best. He has a very smooth, great -to-watch game, and everyone seems to agree that his attitude is exactly the sort you need at the next level. All that said, Beal came into his freshman year with a lot of expectations, and in some people’s eyes (read: ours), he didn’t consistently live up to those expectations. Was that just a one-year aberration? We’ll find out soon enough.
PF, Ohio State
No player hurt his draft stock more in the NCAA Tournament than Sullinger. That being said, we still have him being selected at No. 6, so make of that what you will. The last image we had of this guy was him getting absolutely worked by Kansas, and then watching that same Kansas team look like it didn’t even belong on the same court as Kentucky in the first half of the title game. Sullinger lacks any real athleticism or pure, raw talent, but he undoubtedly has one of the more refined games you will come across in this draft. Kevin Love proved that looking unathletic doesn’t mean that you won’t be successful at the next level, but he’s the exception not the rule. It will be interesting to see if a GM decides to reward Sullinger for going back to Ohio State last year and developing his game a bit more, or if he’ll be the latest example of what happens when players choose staying in college over an immediate, ASAP jump to the pros.
SF, North Carolina
Barnes is another guy who mildly hurt his draft stock in the NCAA Tournament this past season. Without Kendall Marshall there to feed him, Barnes had an absolutely awful game in the Elite Eight against Kansas, and as a result his team was swiftly booted from the proceedings despite the fact that they were an early season favorite to win it all. All that being said, despite all of the doubts that bubbled up to the surface following March Madness, players who can score effectively in a myriad of ways will always have a place in the pros. The Blazers could use someone who will provide immediate offense, and Barnes (hopefully) will be that guy.