Andre Drummond: Desperate NBA Teams That Should Take a Risk on Former UConn Star

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJune 27, 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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Desperate times call for desperate measures, and in Andre Drummond's case, that cliche couldn't apply more so.

When teams prepare for Thursday's NBA draft there will undoubtedly be a desperate team who takes the risk on the former UConn center, banking on him playing up to his potential.

Drummond clearly has huge potential, as he was once considered the most talented player in the college basketball recruiting Class of 2011. However, a poor year with the Huskies has him dropping down draft boards, and now he is a huge question mark.

In an interview with Ben Golliver, Drummond's UConn teammate, Jeremy Lamb, commented on Drummond's NBA prospects:

It depends on if he wants to work. He's a great athlete. He can jump. He can block shots. He can rebound. I always say, it's funny, we will have an early practice at like 8 AM, and everyone is trying to get warmed up and stuff. He'll just come out and do a windmill to warm up. His bounce is amazing. I believe he's going to work hard, develop post moves, I think he can be a great pro.

While there is always the potential that being given millions of dollars will be reason for Drummond to relax instead of work, he could still be a great player one day.

Of the 30 NBA teams who will be involved in Thursday's draft, these are the ones who should take a risk and rely on Drummond going to work.


Golden State Warriors

The Warriors currently own the No. 7 pick in the draft, which should be good enough to target Drummond. Odds are that he'll still be there when the Warriors are on the clock, which could make him worth their time.

While the Warriors have to be wary of drafting another bust, after going 23-43, they should look to take a risk in the 2012 NBA draft.

Drummond could be just that risk, as he would be a good option inside for a team that lacks a true center. If Mark Jackson can get Drummond to work at the next level, then this pick would be worth it for the Warriors.


Charlotte Bobcats

The Bobcats could use a replacement at almost every position, and they could surely use a good center.

After missing out on the No. 1 pick and the Anthony Davis sweepstakes, Charlotte could very well trade down to the middle of the lottery, and take a player who could rival Davis in the NBA: Andre Drummond.

While it's a bit of a stretch, this is the one team that can absolutely afford to take a huge risk. After going 7-59 for a historically bad winning percentage of .106 (the lowest ever), this team isn't going to suddenly make the playoffs by drafting a solid player. This team needs a star-in-the-making and a few players to surround him.

The best option for Charlotte is to trade down and take a risk, and that risk could be Drummond.


Detroit Pistons

With the ninth pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Detroit Pistons could select...Andre Drummond, center, UConn.

The Pistons finished 10th in the Eastern Conference, but a miserable 10 games behind Philadelphia for the last spot in the playoffs. This team needs help in the frontcourt, and Andre Drummond has the potential to turn this team around if he works hard.

No. 9 isn't a bad value for Drummond, and he would be a smart pick for Detroit. If he slips to No. 9, expect the Pistons to take a risk on the big man.