2012 NBA Draft: Andre Drummond's Strengths and Weaknesses

Joe FitzhenryCorrespondent IIJune 25, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06:  Andre Drummond #12 of the Connecticut Huskies in action against the DePaul Blue Demons during their first round game of the 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 6, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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One of the more intriguing prospects in this year's NBA Draft is Andre Drummond. The former UConn big man has all the talent in the world, but his effort has been questioned at times. That alone could be the biggest downfall for Drummond.

With that being said, he should still be a top-five pick on Thursday night largely based on his potential. 

Strengths: Simply put, he has size and athleticism. How often do you find a 6'10'', 270-pound guy who has the ability to beat some much smaller players in a foot race down the court?

Drummond is a gifted shot blocker down low, and his finishing ability in the paint is improving as well. One of the more underrated aspects of Drummond's game is his passing ability from the paint, something the Miami Heat did to perfection in the NBA finals.

If he gives full effort, he has potential to one day be an elite big man in the NBA. 

Weaknesses: Laziness could be the biggest downfall of Drummond's NBA career. His immaturity showed too much throughout the course of his freshman season, and that's why his numbers are not exactly staggering.

Work ethic is especially key for a post player who must work his way into the flow of the offense without causing any disruptions.

Because immaturity and laziness are not coachable, the team that selects him on Thursday night must rely on Drummond to fix his work ethic to realize his full potential. 

Overall, I know that Drummond will be a top-five selection, because a team will overdraft him. But I'm not buying this former UConn Husky until a consistent effort is displayed. What makes you think that a historically lazy player will all of a sudden change his work ethic?

A change like that doesn't happen overnight.