The Dream Shake 2012 NBA Mock Draft: First Pick

Hey, Michael, get behind us. We're picking first.

Folks, the draft order has been established. The Charlotte Bobcats found that ineptitude gets rewarded with what some consider the most dangerous draft pick in the NBA Lottery. Your devoted writers here at the Dream Shake have set up a mock draft, pick by pick, to be delivered to you daily. We will be going through the first round of the draft with our selections and our reasons why we think we will correctly predict the whole damn thing.

Today, I have the New Orleans Hornets with what stands to be the easiest selection in this draft by far. How can you NOT select Evan Fournier if you’re New Orleans, I mean, the city is French-based, Fournier is French based, it makes too much sense! Start suckin’ some crawfish heads Evan, welcome to the Big Easy…

With the first pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Hornets select Anthony Davis, PF/C, Kentucky. Davis stands 6’10" with one of the fiercest unibrows heretofore seen on a basketball court anywhere. He’s projected to be an absolute stud in this league and, barring injuries, his floor is All-Star Center/Power Forward his ceiling is superstar. Davis has a 7’6" wingspan, averaged nearly 5 blocks a game, almost 10 rebounds a game, and is an efficient scorer on the interior. There is really no way New Orleans can screw this pick up and they really did win something major.

The Hornets lucked out this year. They have a decent pitch to make to Eric Gordon to sign with them to pair up with Davis and the Hornets will be selecting 10th as well (With the opportunity to select Kendall Marshall). Imagine that group, Kendall Marshall dishing assists left and right to Davis and Gordon. New Orleans will be able to do a great deal of damage with that sort of line up. Even better for New Orleans is that they can slot Davis at PF next to Okafor while his body matures to the NBA. A defensive frontcourt of Davis/Okafor is imposing, no other opinion is allowed. Even more wonderful about Anthony Davis is that he’s only 19 so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he could hit another growth spurt (Unless AK the resident doctor can rain on this parade for me).

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