If the goal is to win championships, Andre Drummond is the player in this draft most likely to deliver them to us.
I just listened to the most recent Bill Simmons podcast where he and Chad Ford debated Drummond's prospects. They were not even pimping the guy and yet the pre-draft comparisons they came up with were to Dwight Howard and to a bigger version of Amare Stoudemire-- two obviously talented players who were coming off of underachieving high school careers. Ford remembers being incredulous that Orlando took an immature, seemingly non-competitive kid at #1 when a "warrior / winner," Emeka Okafor was available. Isn't Kidd-Gilchrist kind of like Okafor-- a very solid player with a fundamental flaw that will prevent him from greatness? in Okafor's case, he's undersized and had an injury history; in MKG's case, he doesn't shoot well.
If Kidd-Gilcrhist is available, I'd be fine with the Wizards taking him. He's a nice piece to have on a winning team. He's very low-risk and I think his initial impact could be similar to Iman Shumpert's. But if MKG is gone and it comes down to Bradley Beal or Thomas Robinson, shouldn't we swing for the fences with Drummond? He's already lost a bunch of weight since the end of the NCAA season (good sign) and his upside is off the charts!
Couldn't it be that he just wasn't cut out for college life and with total concentration on basketball, he will really reach his potential? Personally, my biggest concern is his wretched free throw shooting. I would expect him to improve on the 29% mark he sported at UConn. But even if he gets to 50 or 60%, for a guy that will probably get to the line a lot, that can lose you a fair amount of basketball games.
My biggest fear would be for the 'zards to replicate Minnesota's blunder from two years ago-- taking Wes Johnson over DMC. So what do you say-- what's so bad about Drummond that has everybody so scared off??