There is a lot to love, and a lot to dislike about Andre Drummond.
And while I am tempted to completely disregard this mock since it is borderline impossible that Drummond slips to Detroit at No. 9, let's go ahead and break it down for ships and giggles.
Drummond is a beast athletically, plain and simple.
He has the frame to be a true center in this league, and he has the athleticism of a young Amar'e Stoudamire.
He loves to play above the rim and was one of the best at put-back dunks this year.
That's what I love about him.
On the flip side, he is very raw. Some of that had to do with the coaching situation at Connecticut (Jim Calhoun missed considerable time with a back injury), but nonetheless, he seemed to regress as the year went on.
He often found himself out of position on defense, was an underwhelming rebounder despite his size and showed a very raw offensive game.
He really does not have strong basketball instincts and could easily wind up being a huge bust.
However, he also has the potential (there's that dirty word again!) to be a huge pick-up.
Drummond, if coached properly, could be the perfect compliment to Monroe as a dominating true center.
But should the Pistons really take a chance in this draft?
Scout's take (From 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