“I don’t want anyone to try to grow a unibrow because of me and then try to make money off of it,” Davis told CNBC. “Me and my family decided to trademark it because it’s very unique.” – Anthony Davis
The 2012 NBA Draft is quickly approaching. Kentucky fans have an added interest in this years draft as UK looks to send six more players to the pros. Anthony Davis, 2012 college player of the year and National Champion, is the unanimous number one pick according to anyone you ask(except for Thomas Robinson) . Who is going to be picked second is a much harder NBA Draft 2012 prediction to make. With that said, I’m going to take a guess anyway. Let us focus on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Before last week I thought that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would end up as the number two overall pick and head down to play in Charlotte for the Bobcats. That line of thought changed when the greatest of all time himself, Michael Jordan, made a statement that he “wasn’t sold on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.” When Michael Jordan speaks people tend to listen.
This week Michael Kidd-Gilchrist worked out with the Washington Wizards. The Wizards have the number three overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Of course, Washington is also home of Kentucky favorite John Wall. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist today stated that John Wall was one of his best friends and Washington is his “dream” team to play on. The Wizards ownership also all seem to favor MKG because of his hard work and energy play.
So, what is my NBA Draft 2012 prediction for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist? I’m sure your not surprised after reading this that I believe he will end up in Washington to play along side Wall. Washington is a good fit for him likewise he is a good fit for Washington. Jordan saying ill fated words toward MKG is enough evidence for me to believe that the Bobcats will pass on Kidd-Gilchrist with their pick. If my prediction is true, Washington will soon be a Bluegrass favorite.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat need some help. Yes, LeBron is arguably the best player in the league today but it is obvious that he can’t do it all himself. Right now he is surrounded by Dwayne Wade(played for Marquette when they beat Kentucky in NCAA tournament) , Mario Chalmers(played for Kansas when defeated Coach Cal in Championship Game), and Shane Battie(Duke). What is LeBron thinking? Why is he playing with all these anti-Kentucky players? Never mind LeBron, Kentucky alumni Pat Riley is the big cheese in Miami. He is the one responsible for putting these clowns on the roster. What do I think Miami needs? They need a little more Kentucky love. Darius Miller can fill that spot.
Darius has really helped his draft stock with his work in the NBA Rookie Combine. We all know that Darius has talent, it’s just hard for him to show it when surrounded by the other super talent at Kentucky every year. With that said, who better to come in as a role player and help Lebron out? I have watched so many missed three in the current playoff from Shane Battie that I know our man Darius would knock down. Miller knows how to defer and still be productive. That is what he has done for four years at UK. Darius is a glue guy. He did it for UK and I know he can do it with Lebron.
I have a really good feeling that the Heat ownership is thinking along the same lines as myself. On KSR’ daily podcast, guest host Mike Pratt said that he is hearing word that the Heat are very interested in Darius and could very well try to snag him in the first round. So, don’t be suprised if we see Kentucky native Darius Miller playing alongside Lebron in the playoffs this time next year.
The NBA Draft Lottery will be held tonight, May 30th at 8:00 PM. The lottery will decide which team gets the right to the first overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. This year, Anthony Davis is everybody’s pick and will be drafted to who ever the ping pong balls find worthy. You can watch it live on ESPN, or watch it online via ESPN3.
So, how many number one NBA draft picks has Kentucky produced? As of today, the answer is one. That one being John Wall. In just about a month from now, Kentucky will increase that number to two when Anthony Davis’ name is called as the top overall pick. It is really amazing to me that a program with so much rich history as Kentucky has only had two # 1 players on their roster. That lead me to research how Kentucky ranks with other colleges on producing top picks. To my dismay, I found out that Kentucky will be behind Duke in that category. Duke has had 3 tops picks when compared to Kentucky’s 2. Here is a break down of other schools as well:
Colleges with three # 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks
Colleges with two # 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks
Kentucky(Post Anthony Davis Draft)