I wouldn't want to spend a top 5 pick on a Deandre Jordan though. 10-15 pick yes. Top 5 no.
Does the NBA better suit a guy like Drummond, who has overpowering physical abilities?..
He won't be facing a lot of zone.
The longer 3-point line combined with deadlier shooters stretches the floor a bit, and opens things up for more individual 1-on-1 post plays. And also easier entry passes to the bigs. Drummond is already something like 270 lbs of long athletic ability at age 19.
Also, the nba has a lot more pick-and-roll basketball. Does this suit Drummond? How did he fare at catching the ball and scoring while rolling towards the basket??
I'm reminded of DeAndre Jordan, who had a very disappointing freshman season and slipped way down in the draft. He's doing fine in the league now.
In this draft, if you told me I could get a starting Center in the top 5, I'd be very tempted to take one over Sullinger and Robinson. I could easily see Sullinger and Robinson being nothing special in the league due to height or length issues. (Robinson looks more like 6'7"-6'8" to me, but I could be wrong)
Drummond has far more offensive potential than Jordan. They both suck nuts at FTs, but at least Drummond has shown some post moves, ball handling, and flashes of a jumpshot. And I say that as probably the only person on this forum who was a fan of Jordan when he was coming out of A&M.
Drummmond has more talent than anybody in the draft, including Davis. He just hasn't put it together (yet?)
I don't think Drummond would be considered with picks 1 & 2, but after that, he's as talented (probably more) than anyone in line. Everybody in this draft has their strengths and weaknesses that could make any player not named Anthony Davis a suspect selection. If we lose out on the #1 pick, I'm okay with Drummond. I'm nervous if he's too soft of a big man that plays too tentative of a game rather than realizing his size and taking over the paint, and the game for that matter. That being said, at only 18 years old, he just needs maturity and time to put it all together. I think there are a few comparisons out there that are both good and bad..... Kwame Brown, Andrew Bynum, Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan. I remember prior to the season, Drummond was arguably the #1 pick in the draft and everyone was drooling over his potential.
The only guys I like in this draft for Charlotte are:
1) Anthony Davis
2) Andre Drummond
3) Thomas Robinson
4) Michael-Kidd Gilchrist
5) John Jenkins
6) Royce White
7) Jeffery Taylor
8 ) Doron Lamb
9) Jeremy Lamb
10) Jared Sullinger
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I hope no one thinks I consider Deandre Jordan and Andre Drummond to be very similar or on the same level.
My point is that they were both very disappointing as freshmen. As it turned out with Jordan, people put too much stock in his one disappointing season of college ball.
I don't think college basketball necessarily showcases a huge big man's talents for the NBA. (See my previous post on that.)
A lot of Jordan's issues stemmed from behavioral problems and clashes with his coach. That's why his stock dropped suddenly from lottery to late first/early second. The talent was obvious, there were just concerns that he was a bad apple. (The same thing happened with Jordan Hamilton this year if you remember).
Drummond's problems were twofold. One, he played on a team with two notoriously bad chuckers (Napier and Boatwright) and another guard who needed his shots (Lamb). There weren't many opportunities for him to be assertive. Two, the opportunities he DID have, he didn't take advantage of them. In the games I watched, he showed a lot of the Boris Diaw Syndrome where repeatedly passed out of open looks. I don't know if it was because he was afraid of upsetting the upperclassmen, or if he really doesn't like to take over games.