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Fresh off a 16-rebound, five-assist and six-block performance in the national championship game that earned him the Most Outstanding Player award despite going 1-for-10 from the field, Anthony Davis will most likely look toward an NBA career next.
And so will we. Davis is considered to be a near-lock to be the No. 1 overall pick in June's NBA draft, but where should we take him in next season's fantasy drafts?
Davis averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and an absurd 4.7 shot rejections in 40 games for Kentucky this season, his freshman go-round in the NCAA. He's just 19 years old, listed at 6-foot-10 (7-4 wingspan) and 220 pounds.
Considering there is such a dearth of impact shot-blockers in the NBA right now, Davis has to be considered an early round selection.
Serge Ibaka, this season's leading NBA shot-blocker, has 181 rejections. Javale McGee, the next closest player, has 114.
On the strength of that one elite skill, Ibaka is ranked 16th overall in my default settings Yahoo! Rotisserie league. Besides the blocks, Ibaka contributes 9.0 points and 7.9 rebounds on 53.4 percent shooting in 27 minutes per game.
So even if Davis duplicates what Ibaka is doing this season, he's worth a look early in drafts. Ibaka had 2.4 blocks last season with 9.9 points and 7.9 rebounds and was taken with the No. 33 pick on average in Yahoo! drafts.
Now, when you consider that Davis is more offensively skilled than Ibaka, should we bump Davis higher than that 33rd pick? Will he eclipse Ibaka's value just by stepping into the league?
To answer that question, let's look at a player whom Davis has been compared to in frame and skill set, Marcus Camby.
It's not outrageous to think that in his rookie year Davis could duplicate Camby's best season. In 2005-06, Camby averaged 12.8 ppg, 11.9 rpg and 3.3 blocks on 46.5-percent shooting. Those numbers are attainable.
Even if Davis lacks in the scoring department and has a season more like Camby's 2007-08 campaign (9.1 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 3.6 bpg), he still would have to be one of the top picks in fantasy drafts in 2012-13.
The one thing we can most safely assume is that Davis will not just be a one- trick pony like the leading shot-blocker from last year's NBA draft class, Bismack Biyombo.
Biyombo has put up 4.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his rookie season, but he's still learning how to play the game of basketball. Davis knows how to do that at a high level.
I advise you to use Ibaka's 2010 numbers as a floor, and Camby's '05-06 season as the absolute ceiling for Davis' rookie campaign.
If that holds true, there's no way you can let the unibrowed world-beater fall past the second round. If he slips to you in the third, rejoice that you just locked up an entire category with one player and build the rest of your team with high-volume scorers.
As an added coup, think of all the clever fantasy team names you can come up with that reference Davis' monostache. Fear the brow, and take a bow when you draft him in 2012-13 fantasy drafts.