We've said it before many times and we'll say it again: 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, Anthony Davis knows how to make a difference without scoring a single point. While his offensive game needs a bit of refinement (and seeing as we don't know who his next coach is going to be, we don't know if it'll get that refinement right off the bat), his attitude, smarts and ridiculous athleticism should be enough to carry him until it develops into what it needs to be.
This was a tough one because Andre Drummond is going to get a glance at this spot. Then again, Washington just dumped an underachieving big man; does the team really need another one? The Wizards need an upgrade at every position that isn’t point guard, and Michael 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. Plus, if that's not enough, his NBA-ready attitude makes him an ideal fit for a young, developing team in need of some leadership. On a more superficial level: a couple of Wildcats forming one of the best duos in the NBA? Yes, please.
Andre Drummond will get a serious look here too, despite how raw he clearly is. When it's all said and done, though, Cleveland will probably consider Bradley Beal the safer pick. The Cavaliers have a fantastic point guard in place already, and Beal could be the missing piece to making that backcourt one of the best in the NBA. He has a very smooth, easy to watch game, and everyone seems to agree that his attitude is exactly the sort you need at the next level. The only notable negative about this kid stems from the fact that 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. Something about his style makes him seem like a better pick for Cleveland than Drummond, but it could go either way.
The Hornets could use a reliable big and some added stability at the point, but ultimately they’ll end up pulling the trigger on Thomas Robinson with this selection. As he proved time and time 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 – it’s just a matter of finding the right system. Physically, Robinson has an NBA body and should have no problems handling business on the glass and getting good position on the post. His only real negative: the lack of offensive versatility in his game, something that he could cover up at the college level where he was athletically superior to the competition, but 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 some of the lacking parts of his offensive game.
This pick remains unchanged. Out of all the teams picking in the top five, the Kings need a center least. Of course, that doesn’t mean much, seeing as in the NBA teams always need a quality center. Whether or not Andre 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.
PF, Ohio State
Jared Sullinger lacks any real athleticism or pure, raw talent, but he also 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 the perils players face when they choose college over an immediate jump to the pros. Portland will take him in a backup capacity to start, and then if he proves to be anything even remotely resembling K-Love, they'll definitely find room for him in the starting lineup.
SF, North Carolina
Another unchanged pick. Without Kendall Marshall there to feed him in the latter stages of the NCAA Tournament, Harrison Barnes had an absolutely awful game in the Elite Eight versus Kansas. That being said, despite all of the doubts that bubbled up to the surface following March Madness, players who score effectively in a myriad of ways will always have a place in the pros. The Warriors could use someone who will provide immediate offense, and Barnes (hopefully) will be that guy.