Detroit Pistons Draft Targets: Andre Drummond, Connecticut

Jay Wierenga@@JayWierengaCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2012

HARTFORD, CT - JANUARY 9:  Andre Drummond #12 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrates with teammates Ryan Boatright #11 and Alex Oriakhi #34 during a game against the West Virginia Mountaineers in the second  half at the XL Center on January 9, 2012 in Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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In the first edition of this series, I explored Kentucky's Anthony Davis.

In this edition, we will take a look at Connecticut's big man Andre Drummond.

My Take

Andre Drummond is the most physically imposing big man amongst the likely lottery picks in this year's draft.

Drummond is a 6'11", 275-pound center that is likely still growing given the fact that he is still only 18 years old.

There is a lot to love about Drummond. He has a huge reach and wingspan, and can physically overwhelm like few others.

Drummond is already an elite shot blocker and can run the floor very well considering his immense size.

His offensive game is still raw and he is still learning to position himself for rebounds, but his size alone makes these weaknesses something that should not be alarming.

In an age when most big men tend to be built more like LaMarcus Aldridge than Shaquille O'Neal, Drummond is truly a throwback.

In a lot of ways, he reminds me of James Donaldson, a hulking low post beast that played during the 1980s.

He also calls to mind Stanley Roberts, but with more defensive intensity.

The big fear with Drummond is that he will begin to balloon out once he starts getting paid the big bucks, a la John "Hot Plate" Williams or Oliver Miller.

Scout's Take by ESPN

Projection Top 5 Pick
  • Long, athletic big man
  • Explosive leaper
  • NBA body
  • Excellent rebounder and shot blocker
  • Intimidating defender
  • Has perimeter skills and can hit an open jumper
  • High basketball IQ for a big man
  • Skilled passer for a big man
  • Inconsistent, doesn't always assert himself
  • Can be caught settling for perimeter shots
  • Can be foul prone
    Drummond originally decided to skip college in 2011 and play another year at the Wilbraham & Monson Academy before changing his mind in late August and committing to UConn. Given his age and the fact that he'll be one year removed from high school, he will be eligible for the 2012 NBA Draft if he wants to declare.

How He Fit's Detroit

The Pistons obviously need a big man to pair with Greg Monroe, preferably someone that can play defense and grab rebounds.

In Drummond, the Pistons would have their perfect fit.

While Davis would allow Monroe to stay at the center position, Drummond would force Monroe to shift to the power forward spot.

Either way, Drummond suits the Pistons just fine. He would allow Monroe to concentrate primarily on offense, and would allow Monroe to avoid the tough match-ups on defense.

The one thing that worries me is his frame, which appears to be suited to gaining more weight. And if history is our guide, big men that gain weight can have injury issues.

That being said, Drummond could be an ideal fit for Detroit. His offense still needs some work, but in Detroit he won't need to rush that side of his game.

Essentially, he needs to show up and block shots and take up space on the defensive end, two things he already is great at in college.


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