There is no question about who is going first. We keep repeating ourselves with our description of him, but it’s only because there is nothing else to say about Anthony Davis – he very well might be the most impactful defensive player we’ve seen come into the league in years. As he made abundantly clear during his freshman campaign at Kentucky, Davis knows how to leave his mark on any given game without scoring a single point. His offensive skillset isn’t where it needs to be yet, and yes, the NBA's few legit bigs will ensure that he doesn’t do much damage on that end of the court at the beginning. But his attitude, smarts, defensive prowess and ridiculous athleticism should be enough to carry him until his offensive game develops into what it needs to be.
We previously had Michael Kidd-Gilchrist going here, but the rumors are getting too loud to ignore. And when we say rumors, we don’t mean rumors about Charlotte selecting Thomas Robinson – we mean rumors of them not selecting MKG. Harrison Barnes is the newest flavor of the week that Michael Jordan is supposedly looking at, but there is no way (we hope) that the Bobcats reach like that. More likely than not, they’ll play it safe and select Thomas Robinson.
We had Bradley Beal going to Washington all along, but last week’s trade confirmed it. This kid is a good scorer, by all accounts has a great attitude and should at least partially patch up a problem area for the Wizards. Some people have doubts about just how great he can be at the next level, but his solid workouts have more or less cemented Beal’s status as a top four pick.
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The Cavaliers need a wing and, with both Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Harrison Barnes on the board, this squad has the option of choosing from the two best available. MKG is the better all-around player, but Barnes is the better scorer. We’d pick MKG here, but the talk of Cleveland taking Barnes dates back weeks. Either they’re really enamored with him to a shocking degree, or they’re the best bluffers on the planet. We’re betting it’s the former, however, this time of the year – it’s hard to really know what’s what.
We previously had Sacramento taking Thomas Robinson here, but obviously he’ll be gone by this point. Michael-Kidd Gilchrist will be the best player available and, unquestionably, a steal for a Kings team that desperately needs the intangibles he brings to the table. A great attitude coupled with tons of versatility and a very noticeable instinct for how to play basketball the right way? Yes, please.
The Blazers have two holes to fill: center and point guard. The latter is probably a more pressing need, but the former is going to be harder to take care of down the road. There are some very loud murmurs about Portland taking Damian Lillard here, but we just can’t believe they’d pass up on Andre Drummond’s potential. Mind you, this is a guy who was rumored to potentially go as high as No. 3 at one point, and nothing he’s done since that point has decreased his value. We think Drummond, but Lillard seems to be the popular choice in other mocks.
This is the hardest pick to predict out of the entire top seven. Golden State can go in one of any number of directions and it wouldn’t be surprising. Terrence Jones is a top-five talent who admittedly hurt his stock a bit last year, but what nobody seems to want to acknowledge is that his production dipped moreso as a result of what John Calipari did than what Jones himself did. Either way, he’d be a great fit for this Warriors team, and he makes a lot more sense here than Lillard, Dion Waiters or Perry Jones III – the three other guys who Golden State is reportedly looking at.