In just a few hours, we’re going to know which lucky franchise has the rights to draft Anthony Davis, the Kentucky standout who is sure to be the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft. Science says the pick goes to the Cavaliers, but we’ll have to see what opposing forces Fate and Conspiracy have to say about things before we know for sure. As of this writing, the only thing we know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that Anthony Davis is going first in the draft on June 28.
However, there’s at least one person who isn’t convinced that’s the case — Anthony Davis. From ESPN:
“No one knows who is the No. 1 pick,” said a humble Davis, who insisted that he could go anywhere from one to 60. “I don’t know if I’m going to be the No. 1 pick. It’s just a rumor. But I’m a step closer to reaching my dream of playing in the NBA.”
Theoretically, this is true since very few of us have the ability to see the future and those of us who do refuse to share it. Since there is almost a month between now and the draft, things could happen that would result in Anthony Davis not being the No. 1 pick. For instance, the Phoenix Suns could win the lottery, work a sign-and-trade with Steve Nash for Dwight Howard then move some assets around to acquire Andrew Bynum, leaving them with the two best centers in basketball and no good guards. That is a situation where Anthony Davis doesn’t go first overall — congratulations Kendall Marshall — but I think we can all agree that that scenario isn’t very likely for a couple of very minor reasons.
Anthony Davis is going first, though I do like the idea that he thinks he could possibly be Mr. Irrelevant but won’t admit he could go undrafted. He doesn’t want to get too crazy with the hypotheticals, otherwise people will just think he’s insane. His insistence on rocking that forehead warmer won’t help convince them otherwise.