No. 1 question: Will Davis stay?

So the question is: Where do you think Anthony Davis will finish up his NBA career?

Didn’t mean to make anyone in New Orleans spit out their Sazerac. Not suggesting that there are problems buzzing around the hive of the Hornets.

It’s just that when the word came out over the weekend that Kwame Brown was signed by the Sixers, it got us to thinking about overall No. 1 picks in the NBA draft and how many of them went on to be certified stars and played their entire career with the team that picked them.

Not many, as it turns out.

If we discount the past five top choices — Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, John Wall, Kyrie Irving and Davis — as being too early in their careers to measure, the fact is that only a dozen of the first 61 No. 1 picks in league history played for just one team. That is including Dwight Howard, who has one foot out the door in Orlando and Greg Oden, who has not yet been signed by another team since leaving Portland.

What’s more, only four of those No. 1 picks went on to become Hall of Famers — Elgin Baylor, Magic Johnson, James Worthy and David Robinson. Tim Duncan will surely become the next to join the elite list.

The point is that even at the very top of the draft batting order, it’s quite rare to plug in a name and expect that player will never wear another jersey. Oscar Robertson went to Milwaukee to get his championship ring. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar jumped from Milwaukee to L.A. Hakeem Olajuwon finished his career in Toronto, Patrick Ewing with stops in Seattle and Orlando.

Which brings us back to Brown, who’ll be taking career averages of 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds to Philly.

Sixers president Rod Thorn has heard and read all of the wise cracks about his team’s pick-up and thinks it is time that fans got past the line on Brown’s resume that says where Michael Jordan picked him in 2001, according to Spike Eskin of CBSPhilly.

“You’re looking at Kwame Brown from the standpoint of being the first pick in the NBA Draft once upon a time,” Thorn told 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and the WIP Morning Show. “We don’t need him to do that. What we need him to do is be a defensive player, rebounder, stalwart on our back line to help us from that angle, that’s something we didn’t have and what Kwame has done over the latter part of his career. He wasn’t a great player as the first pick the draft. If he was the 25th pick in the draft I think the fans would look at him a little bit differently.”

While Philly is the seventh stop on Brown’s career, he is hardly the most peripatetic No. 1 pick. That is just over halfway to Joe Smith’s record of 13 different teams since he was the No. 1 pick in the 1995 draft.

But Brown has plenty of traveling company. After being picked No. 1 in 1959 (Wilt Chamberlain was a territorial pick of the Warriors then), Bob Boozer played for six different teams. Walt Bellamy was the top pick in 1961, played for six different teams and never won a championship, but still was enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Jim Barnes was the No. 1 pick in 1964 and also played for a half dozen teams.

And, of course, there was The Big Ring Chaser, Shaquille O’Neal, who hopscotched from Orlando to L.A. to Miami to Phoenix to Cleveland to Boston.

So in the wake of Kwame Brown’s latest move, we’ll ask the question again: Where do you think Anthony Davis will finish his up his NBA career?

32 Comments

  1. Cheryl says:

    i agree….not worth discussing….gee!!!

  2. D_Laser says:

    Lets jus see him play in his first Nba game…u no…the entire reason he got drafted in the first place. Every time i get on here these dumb articles always play out unreal scenarios before they happen…Anthony Davis is with N.O now so lets see what he does in N.O first…jesus christ

  3. Mang Kanor says:

    Muntinlupa Menyaks

  4. Melvin says:

    Too early to predict, dude.

  5. cholo says:

    Barangay Ginebra..

  6. huh says:

    Is it just me or did this article just say that only four number one picks (Elgin Baylor, Magic Johnson, James Worthy and David Robinson) were entered into the hall of fame, then said “Walt Bellamy was the top pick in 1961, played for six different teams and never won a championship, but still was enshrined in the Hall of Fame.”?

    So how many number one picks are actually in the hall of fame?

  7. Ed says:

    Hmmm… Davis has thus far come across as anything but your typical no.1 pick. The guy has the same mentality as a Duncan-esque player, so ring or not, don’t be surprised if this guy become attached and spends his whole career in NO.

  8. k-train says:

    Hakeem and Patrick played their entire relevant careers in the cities they were drafted. The Dream didn’t go to Canada chasing a third ring. If Davis plays 12 years in the Hornets, wins one title and is a runner up once, I doubt the good people of NOLA will care if he bounces around the league as a mentor in his final few seasons. He will still get a standing ‘O’ in New Orleans when he comes off the bench for the 2026 Brooklyn Nets, replacing some superstar who is about five years old right now.

  9. crescentcitygurl says:

    Fran should go back to writing about the Rockets only.

  10. crescentcitygurl says:

    My goodness. Can’t even let the guy play his first NBA game. SMDH.

  11. Dell Demps says:

    As a fact (this may not be, however), Anthony will finish up in either Chicago or Houston. The Bulls have been willing to trade for Davis so we can have C-Booz, and Houston because Jeremy Lin wants to play with him.

  12. Bob Butte says:

    I think Anthony Davis is bound for the Wyoming Purple Sing-Along Friends after his contract with the Hornets expires.

  13. afrokobe8 says:

    LA maybe? We tend to get stars at the end of their careers who are desperate to win. A short few: Karl Malone, Wilt, KAJ, Gary Payton, Steve Nash, Antawn Jamison.

  14. Magicfan3434 says:

    The South Park Pottymouths

  15. MARK_G says:

    South Beach?.

  16. Me says:

    definitely now NO …if they can’t make it to the playoffs

  17. nba king says:

    DWIGHT GETS TRADED

  18. nba king says:

    ORLANDOOOOO MAGIC

  19. Luiz Fernando says:

    I think he will play in the Charlotte Banshees, teaming Jwanna Man​​, or with future hall of famers Calvim Cambridge and Tracy Reynolds in Los Angeles Knights

  20. basket ball says:

    in seatle, dumb article though, then again I read worst, I guess…

  21. PMC666 says:

    Iowa Slipknots

  22. Homer Brown says:

    Buffallo Sparkles

  23. Theo says:

    Arkansas Orioles

  24. KK says:

    1.The Miami Heat if any thing happens to Chris Bosh or Udonis Haslem, Anthony Davis would have a golden opportunity to most likely win a chip.
    2.The Celtics because of KG’s age and after his contract is up he probably will retire and that would give both Rajon Rondo and Anthony to play a fast pace game
    3.The Hornets because if they have one more off season they most likely would get another decent piece to build around Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis, and Austin Rivers.

    • Troy says:

      You need to think farther into the future because it seems you are putting the current Anthony Davis onto a roster 1 or 2 years in the future. Top overall rookies usually start with a max of 4 years on their contract and leave the team that drafted them late in their careers (depending on how good they end up being). So taking that into account, Garnett would most likely be retired, who knows if Rondo will still be on the Celtics, LeBron and Wade would both be near the ends of their contracts in Miami while being at the age of about 31 (LeBron) and 34 (Wade) minimum. I feel this question is just too far into the future to make any real or fake predictions in all honesty.

  25. Melo says:

    NOLA

  26. Alaska says:

    Seems a little early to be worrying about that doesn’t it?

  27. maritza says:

    Boston

  28. Van says:

    Dallas..

  29. two says:

    Houston.

  30. Jon says:

    The San Francisco Warriors