2012 NBA Draft Picks: Austin Rivers and Lottery Picks Sure to Go Bust

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJune 29, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 29:  Team owner Tom Benson of the New Orleans Hornets presents Austin Rivers, the 10th overall pick in the NBA draft his jersey for the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena on June 29, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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He may be the son of a successful NBA coach, but that doesn't automatically dub Austin Rivers as a surefire NBA baller.

Rivers, like a couple of other picks in the 2012 NBA draft, will not live up to the hype and expectations surrounding them.

We've seen plenty of guys dominate at the collegiate level, only to be complete and utter busts at the NBA level.

So, who exactly am I talking about?

Let's take a look:


Andre Drummond

The Detroit Pistons selected 6'10" center Andre Drummond with the No. 9 overall pick in this year's draft.

My question is why?

In just one season at UConn, Drummond averaged 10 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game and 2.7 blocks per game. As a big man, he shot just 53 percent, including 29 percent from the charity stripe.

Drummond boasts a 270-pound frame but he doesn't know how to use it, and has disappeared at times during games.

As DraftExpress.com writes,

Besides not knowing how to establish deep post-position, his footwork, countermoves and off-hand lack significant polish, while his jump-hook is not a consistent weapon at all yet, as he appears to possess just average touch. Drummond has an odd habit of trying to shoot an odd two-handed turn-around jumper instead of a traditional hook, which is easily blockable due to its very low release point.

With extensive big-man coaching, I think Drummond can get it together, but for now I'm saying bust, especially as a top-10 pick.


Perry Jones III

About a month ago, I wrote about Perry Jones III not being worth a top-10 pick, and frankly, I'm not even sure he was worth the No. 28 pick the Oklahoma City Thunder spent on him.

My main concern with Jones is that he's inconsistent. At times, he uses his incredible athleticism to get to the rim, while other times he settles for a weak jumper.

Last season at Baylor, Jones averaged 13.5 points to go along with 7.6 rebounds, but as NBADraft.net writes,

A high risk, high reward prospect, Jones has a guard's game with a center's height ... Arguably a top 5 talent with almost unprecedented tools, it's how he puts them to use that will determine whether Jones turns out to be a reach or a steal, boom or a bust...

It's incredibly frustrating to watch a guy with this much athleticism and pure talent not put it to use for an entire game.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08:  Andre Drummond #12 of the Connecticut Huskies shoots the ball over Rakeem Christmas #25 and James Southerland #43 of the Syracuse Orange during the quarterfinals of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garde
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Who knows, maybe the Thunder get lucky by Jones finding a motor and using it, but all I've seen from him so far is inconsistency.


Austin Rivers

 Are there any Duke fans out there who were actually pleased with the way Austin Rivers played last season, given all the hype surrounding him?

I'm not even sure what position he is, because his assist (2.1) to turnover (2.4) ratio at Duke shows that he's not a point guard while his 43 percent field-goal percentage, 36 percent three-point percentage and 65 percent free-throw percentage don't really indicate a pure shooting guard.

Furthermore, Rivers' defense is weak to say the least and his attitude and relationships with teammates is questionable.

Do these sound like characteristics of a No. 10 pick?

The New Orleans Hornets took Anthony Davis with the No. 1 pick and then selected a selfish guard in Rivers at 10, so whose team is it?

Clearly, I think it's Davis' team, but I'm willing to bet that Austin Rivers has a different take on that.



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