Team: New Orleans Pelicans
2013-14 Stats: 20.8 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 2.8 BPG
Recently, USA TODAY Sports conducted a poll with 27 NBA general managers and asked them which player they would pick to start an NBA franchise if they could choose from anyone in the league right now. Sixteen of them picked LeBron James, seven chose Kevin Durant, one settled on Tim Duncan, and three—yes, three—said that they'd want Davis. And while we were initially surprised by that, it makes sense.
Davis is a 6-foot-11 freak of nature who can run the floor, shoot the ball, cover anyone that you ask him to, and patrol the paint as well as any other center in the league. And did we mention that he's only 21, which means that the best is yet to come? We aren't ready to slide him into the top-five—yet—but if he continues to trend in the direction that he's been trending in recently, Davis is going to make three GMs look like the smartest men in the NBA.