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Gottlieb: NBA draft big board 2.0

Anthony Davis takes the top spot as Perry Jones III takes a nose dive

Originally Published: February 16, 2012
By Doug Gottlieb | ESPN Insider
Anthony DavisDon McPeak/US PresswireThere are plenty of NBA teams that would like to snag Anthony Davis at No. 1.

With more games and data to draw from, it's time to update my NBA draft big board. If you'd like, you can compare this to my early-season effort from December, but I'll say now that changes abound. And those changes start at No. 1.

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky Wildcats
We know that Davis is a dominant shot-blocker and athlete. What we don't know is much about his offensive game, but you can see it coming. He can dribble, pass and has a midrange pull-up. Think a young Tim Duncan.

2. Harrison Barnes, North Carolina Tar Heels
Barnes just keeps making shots and he can raise his game to the level of his opposition. While he doesn't go by people, he is skilled enough to make plays anyway. I see a young Sean Elliott.

3. Andre Drummond, Connecticut Huskies
Drummond is a naturally gifted shot-blocker and finisher, but has bad balance in post defense and has no face-up game. Drummond's just a pup and will be a project, but a rewarding one.

4. Bradley Beal, Florida Gators
The Gators don't really play to Beal's strengths, but I love his physical makeup and shooting stroke. Improving off the dribble is a key for him.

5. Meyers Leonard, Illinois Fighting Illini
Leonard is just plain big. Big shoulders, long arms and a lot of skill. He's still raw enough that he should probably stay in school another year, but his family may need him to go pro. Leonard is a natural athlete, but needs more minutes to gain basketball IQ.