I am confident that Andre Drummond will be gone by the time the Raptors are on the clock; meaning that one of the three previous players (Waiters, Barnes or Lillard) will still be available.
However, if for some reason they aren’t and Drummond is still available, then we’ll have to choose between Andre Drummond and Perry Jones III.
Sorry let me re-phrase that, Bryan Colangelo and company will have to choose between Andre Drummond and Perry Jones III… with BC’s job on the line.
At the risk of losing his job, I’ll bet Colangelo pushes hard for PJ3 a a) he gives the Raps a better chance of making the playoffs next year and b) even if they miss the playoffs BC can say, “Hey, I drafted our SF of the future and we’ve got the makings of a good team… so let me keep my job please.”
Nevertheless, you can make a case for both with the eighth overall pick because this late in the draft, the potential rewards heavily outweigh the potential risks with both players, especially Andre Drummond.
Jones III could start at SF and if everything works out for the best we’d get a versatile 6-11 small forward of the future.
Drummond, on the other hand, has a boat load of potential and is the better long term pick. If everything works out we could have one of the best front courts in the league in a couple of years with Andre Drummond and Jonas Valanciunas… whose NBA ceilings (remember ceiling = best case scenario, not most likely scenario) are Amare’ Stoudemire/Dwight Howard and Joakim Noah with offense, respectively.
So basically, I’d lean more toward Andre Drummond in this case, but I just want to make it known that I don’t think Perry Jones III would be a bad idea either.
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