I know many people don't want to talk about it, because many here hated the idea of picking Drummond, but the dude throughly dominated against us yesterday in the time he was in. 11 pts on 5-7 shooting w/ 14 rebs and 5 blks. It's so disheartening to say because I've been a fan of this team through thick and thin and I don't think I can live with these mistakes anymore, but the Wizards and 7 other teams passed up on a franchise player.
The Wizards organization and fanbase were so focused on the failure to develop JaVale McGee, that they were afraid to take a raw specimen with their pick, even though people who watched Drummond extensively at UCONN would know that Drummond and McGee play nothing alike and the only thing they have in common is athleticism. McGee has a much skinnier frame (mainly in the lower body) and a much lower BBIQ. Drummond at his peak potential will be much more valuable to a team than McGee.This fanbase needs to learn that as an organization, you can't be afraid to do something because of past failures. Fans these past few yrs have always been saying that we need to stop drafting players purely on upside and acquire players with a hard-working mentality, and that's exactly what we did in this yr's draft and FA, and where has the gotten us? I think fans are going to have an opposite tune very soon. There's nothing wrong with making an upside pick, as long as you have the means to develop them, which unfortunately, I don't think this organization does, but that's why me and others have been wanting to clean house with management. And who really thinks Ernie is going to be here much longer?
Okay, I'm starting to go off in a tangent. Now back to Drummond, even if he is raw offensively, he would've been able to contribute right away with his rebounding and shot-blocking. There was this stat on DX about him being the best post defender in the draft and I'd pos it here, but I can't access his DX profile. He's 2nd in RPG for all rookies at 6.7 and 2nd in BPG at 1.55, and he's doing this all at only 18.6 minutes per game. As a team, the Wizards have a -3.0 rebounding differential (this means the opponent is averaging 3 more rebs than the Wizards) and they are tied for 21st in blocks per game, so Drummond would've filled our needs perfectly.
When you are choosing between a big man with special tools like Drummond, and and SG in Beal who has OK physical tools and that does a number of things at a solid-good level, but nothing great, out take the big man every time. Drummond is a physical freak w/ great body control. He still lacks moves offensively, but in the HS videos I saw, he was doing stuff with the ball that most big men can't do. He's definitely coordinated enough to learn new moves. Beal projects to have a much lower ceiling. He still needs to improve on a lot of things even though he was billed "more NBA-ready" than Drummond. While he's still a youngin' at 19, his ceiling isn't all that high to me due to his lack of freakish physical and athletic tools. To me, he's a jack-of-all-trades, master of none that guard and might make a few all-star games, but he's not the player that will make us take that next step into contention, and we needed that player in this draft after the Vesely whiff in the previous one.
And don't say that I'm using hindsight. I was one of, if not the biggest Drummond backer on the sight prior to the draft.