In a recent interview NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said that he would take UNC’s Harrison Barnes ahead of Anthony Davis if he had the number one pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
“I’m not sure if I would take that kid [Davis] No. 1,” Barkley said Thursday. “I mean, that Barnes kid is a stud.”
Chuck cites the Uni’s lack of bulk as the reason he wouldn’t pick him.
“That kid at Kentucky, he’s going to have to some gain weight,” Barkley said. “I’m about to send John Calipari some money to get him a weight room down there.”
Yes, Davis’ weight is a concern for the next level. It will be a struggle for him to guard other power forwards in the NBA at the beginning of his career. Eventually, though, Davis will gain weight and become a franchise changer for anyone who is lucky enough to have the first pick in next year’s draft.
Charles obviously had a beer in hand when he made these comments. Solely based on potential you would have to take Davis with the first pick.
Somebody send Mr. Barkley an AA card and some Anthony Davis youtube videos.