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Drummond...and why the risk isn't that high


I'm on the draft Andre Drummond bangwagon. I'd take Harrison Barnes as well (perfect fit in my opinion. tall, athletic shooter that needs a john wall type to set him up) but Andre has the type of upside that makes all star games. There are not many big men in the history of the draft that put up the agility numbers he posted. To put it in perspective he did the agility drill in .01 seconds faster than our point guard, whose claim to fame is speed and athleticism. Thats pretty jaw dropping if you ask me considering he's 6'11 and almost 280lbs (and 18 years old). to add more perspective javale mcgee and deandre jordan (both 30lbs lighter than andre), both considered athletic big men and both older than andre at the time of the scouting combine, had agility times that were 2 seconds slower (which is significant). Granted mcgee and jordan both had standing reaches that were almost 4 inches more than andre (which probably helps block a lot of shots), but drummond's 7'6 and a quarter wingspan is better than both, tops in this draft, and in the top 3 of the last 3 drafts. not that we're necessarily looking for the next mcgee or jordan with the third pick but in a redraft both players would go higher. i chose mcgee and jordan as examples because while the former might not be popular on this site both will be making upper echelon money for their positions next year. jordan made $10 mil this year and will earn even more than that over the next 3.

The argument that drummond might not be ready right now is a sound one. On offense he leaves a lot to be desired. he doesn't call for the the ball, he doesn't get great position in the post, and he can't hit free throws. all huge negatives. however on defense he's ready day 1. he was top 15 in the country in blocks, 2nd in the big east. His size will allow him to guard any post in the league and his speed will help him beat just about every post player down the court. I rewatched the cuse/uconn game at storrs and his athleticism absolutely kept the huskies in that game, esp down the stretch. I'm not sure how much his total offensive game will ever come around but id be willing to bet he'll be alot better on that end than both deandree and javale. i know thats not saying much but i would absolutely take deandre jordan with more offense with the 3rd pick.

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