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Anthony Davis meeting with, not working out for, Hornets

Jun 19, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

Kentucky Wildcats' Davis goes to the hoop against Kansas Jayhawks' Withey during the second half of their men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans Reuters

Like it matters. Short of Anthony Davis saying in his interview he thought Hurricane Katrina was really funny, New Orleans is going to use the No. 1 overall pick to take him.

Davis is meeting with the Hornets but is not working out for them, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo.

Davis, an extraordinary 6-foot-11 prospect, is such a clear No. 1 choice in the June 28 draft, the franchise won’t go through the process of a workout with him, sources said. After flying into New Orleans on Monday, Davis was scheduled to spend the day with his only pre-draft visit to a franchise. Davis had dinner with Hornets coach Monty Williams in Chicago at the pre-draft camp, and will meet with an array of Hornets owners, executives and coaches on Tuesday at the team’s facility outside of New Orleans.

What is the upside for Davis if he works out? They can’t draft him any higher.

Davis was the anchor of the Kentucky team that just won the national title and his defense — along with growing offensive skills — make him as much of a lock as there can be in a draft. DraftExpress lists his low-end comparison, his “bust,” as Marcus Camby — who has had a quality career and provided real value to teams. The upper end is more in the Kevin Garnett range.

The more interesting choice for GM Dell Demps and the Hornets is what they do with the No. 10 pick. They will have Davis and a very good young player at the two guard in Eric Gordon, whoever is drafted at 10 has to fit with them.

  1. bougin89 - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    I think the Marcus Camby comparison fits him well, at least for now. Great shot blocker that has work to do on the offensive end but lots of potential.

    • cosanostra71 - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      seriously. Having Camby as your “bust” worst case scenario… Camby won a DPOY!

      • heat256 - Jun 19, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        Yeah, but you don’t want a #1 overall pick solely on a defensive player. He has to do it on both ends of the floor and lift the franchise. Anyone think Mutombo would have been worth #1 overall?

  2. jackntorres - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Living in New Orleans all of my life I can tell you laughter is the best medicine. BTW who knew Utah was the Beehive State? Can we trade the Hornet’s logo for the Jazz back please.

  3. camnellum12 - Jun 19, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    I agree with the Marcus Camby comparison, but am I the only that doesn’t see him as another KG? He has little to no post moves and I doubt he can bang with NBA bigs on a every game basis. I see Marcus Camby as his best comparison and a guy like Stromile Swift as his bust comparison.

    • rezburna - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      Kevin Garnett rarely ever played in the post. That’s actually what most NBA scouts wish he did more of. He took jumpers from around the perimeter, and played great D; just like everybody expect Davis to do. He also developed that 18 foot jumper remarkably fast over the span of one college season. In the beginning of the year he couldn’t hit it, towards the end he was draining it so consistently it was no longer an option to leave him open anywhere inside of the 3-point line.

  4. trbowman - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    With Davis, Gordon and the tenth pick New Orleans could be pretty damn good sooner than people think. Davis and Gordon alone is a good core to start with.

  5. 11jlacy - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    I would love if the new orleans hornets get anthony davis n kendall marshell ,two for one in the 1st round you heard me!!!

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