Ranking all active No. 1 picks in the NBA, from worst to best

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1) Anthony Davis

Perhaps a few years later than anticipated, Davis has finally taken the mantle from Lebron James as the undisputed best player on the Lakers. The star is in the midst of one of the best individual seasons of his career, and more importantly, the healthiest. After a string of injury-riddled seasons, Davis has played in 46 of the Lakers 50 games to this point, posting averages of 24.9 ppg and 12.1 RPG.

Davis has also been his typical dominant self on the defensive end. While his defensive rating has slipped a bit this season, it is still well above the league average. Over the past 4 seasons, the average defensive rating in the NBA has been 113.1, 112.8, 115.6, and now 116.7 this season. At the same time, Davis has posted defensive ratings of 103.5, 108.8, 108.0, and now 110.0 this season. He is also still good for 1.2 spg and 2.3 bpg, which has been the norm for him over his outstanding career.

While Davis is still not quite on the level of the likes of Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, and Giannis Antentokounmpo, he is more than capable of being the best player on the floor any given night. He is a consensus top-10 player in the game, just earned his 9th All-Star selection, and is the clear top dog among active number 1 picks.