What happens if the Charlotte Bobcats don't get the No. 1 pick?
Anthony Davis is the one player in this draft, that rare talent that is a franchise difference-maker. He possesses the defensive skills to impact the game right away at a dominant level (led the nation in blocked shots and total rebounds), securing nearly every fathomable award and accolade available to him in the process. Offensively, the 6'10" Davis displayed exponential growth throughout the course of his freshman season. Early on in the year, he was seemingly only capable of scoring the basketball with the help of teammates: i.e. lobs and alley-oops. But as the year moved on, Davis grew by the game, extending his game out to the 3-point line and beyond. He is now more than capable of handling the ball a bit, knocking down jumpers with range or driving all the way to the rim.
So needless to say, it would be an absolute nightmare scenario if the ping-pong balls don't fall in favor of the Charlotte Bobcats during the NBA Lottery in May. While Charlotte is the favorite giving them 25 percent of the available combinations, the odds are almost not in their favor. Only three times since 1990 when the present weighted lottery system was introduced has the league's worst team actually won the lottery and the right to select No. 1 overall: 2004-Orlando Magic, 2003-Cleveland Cavaliers, 1990-New Jersey Nets.
Charlotte is a team that desperately needs a star like Davis in uniform and after Davis, there is a drop-off in the tier of talent. No knock on our second-tier players like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bradley Beal and Thomas Robinson, they are all potential all-stars down the road, but Davis could be a perennial all-star, a real difference-maker night-in and night-out. This is a Charlotte team that was just dominated by the league's second-worst team by nearly 30, at home no less.