There were two known truths about Cole Aldrich during the 2009-10 NCAA basketball season:
1. He was the best pure center in college basketball, playing the post like a true big man. Coldrich is smart and hustles on every play.
He's the safest bet at center in this draft.
2. Several other centers will probably go before him.
NBA scouts and GMs have a myopic view of the world, and that view often means they succumb to group-think instead of actually scouting players.
Otherwise, lottery teams would be looking a lot harder at Aldrich, a player who is more polished, like the Lopez twins, than a project.
He will contribute from day one.
The knock on Cole is that he's not the pure athlete that Cousins or Favors are, and he has a tendency to go silent in games for stretches.
Again, here's the specter of group-think rising, where scouts only want players who score non-stop from tip to buzzer.