Originally posted on Stepien Rules  |  Last updated 5/25/12

Leading up to the NBA Draft Lottery on May 30th, we will be profiling each of the top-10 players available in the Draft from 10 to 1. We'll be discussing each player's game, and how they could theoretically fit or not fit with the Cavaliers. For Tyler Zeller click here, Perry Jones III here, John Henson here, Harrison Barnes here, Jared Sullinger here, Andre Drummond here,Thomas Robison here, for Bradley Beal here and for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist click here.

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No. 1 – Anthony Davis, freshman, Kentucky 2011-12 stats: 14.2 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 4.7 bpg, 62% shooting


There aren’t many players in the country who are able to go 1-10 shooting and still be the most dominant player in the National Title game. Anthony Davis is that type of player. The freshman phenom for the Wildcats dominated games unlike any freshman has done on the college scene in years. There isn’t much he doesn’t excel at when he is on the court. He stands at 6-10, but it seems like he is eight feet tall sometimes.

The nation’s leader in blocks, he made it a misery while on the defensive end for Kentucky’s opponents. His long frame and quickness allowed him to get to shots not many other players are able to get to. Since Davis is so quick for his size, he is able to defend multiple positions. He can slide from guarding a center all the way to a 2 or 3. His athleticism makes him able to stay in front of smaller guards, using his length to suffocate them.

On the offensive end, Davis does a lot of his damage off lobs and when in position to finish around the rim. On the break, he is nearly unstoppable. He is so smooth and quick on his feet, if he is given the ball anywhere remotely near the rim, odds are he is going to be able to finish it. For being 6-10, Davis is a solid ball handler. As recently as a few seasons ago, Davis was a point guard. Then, he had an enormous growth spurt into the player we watched this past season.

He is able to use his point guard skills to take his man off the dribble. A man his size and with those types of skills don’t come around often. There is a reason Davis is the clear-cut top pick. Whoever wins the lottery should have one of the easiest decisions of the draft. And, boy do I hope that is Cleveland. If the Clippers were lob city this season, the Cavs would give them a run for their money next season. How about Lob City East?

Davis does play the spot currently occupied but Tristan Thompson, but who really cares. He is such a rare talent, just stick him on the court. A duo of Thompson and Davis could form one of the most athletic defensive tandems in the league. Davis would thrive on the same team as Kyrie Irving and, dare I say it, he could be the piece that has the Cavs talking playoffs again.

Lets just hope those Ping-Pong balls falls correctly.

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