With the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the New Orleans Hornets selected Anthony Davis from Kentucky.
Davis was the best player in college basketball this season and has been the unquestioned favorite to become the No. 1 pick for several months. A superlative defender with surprising offensive ability, the big man will allow coach Monty Williams to lean on his versatility while providing the stability all young franchises need. Davis is the surest bet since, well, Greg Oden and Kevin Durant in 2007. (There is no such thing as a "sure thing.") Barring catastrophe, he'll be in the All-Star discussion before his rookie deal ends, and is the overwhelming favorite to be the best player from this draft class years down the road, even if dice-rolls like Andre Drummond pay out.
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