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Is Andre Drummond sliding down draft boards?

Jun 21, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York Reuters

There’s no doubt that if Andre Drummond can put it all together — he has the size, the athleticism, he can defend and rebound — he could be one of the better big men in the NBA in a few years.

You could have said the same thing about Andray Blatche.

It is that concern that has Drummond sliding down some boards.

After a lackluster year at UConn there were a lot of concerns among scouts about Drummond’s passion and motor. He’s talented, he’s got a good low post game and a real NBA center’s body, but he also coasted a lot. He’s the kind of Top 10 pick that gets GMs fired if they bust. He has dropped 22 pounds since the end of the season and says all the right things about being committed, but word from workouts is mixed. It’s summed up pretty well in what Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated tweeted:

In the continuing draft circuit, I’m told Kansas F Thomas Robinson had his way w/ UConn C Andre Drummond in a Cleveland workout today.

Robinson is a legit top 3 pick (who could slide to 4 or 5), a power forward who had the same vertical leap at the combine as Blake Griffin. And Robinson comes with his motor always on.

DraftExpress predicts Portland — with new risk-taking GM Neil Olshey in place — taking Drummond at No. 6. But he could fall farther than that. Not likely out of the top 10, but teams are weighing the risk vs. reward, looking at other players out there that have less risk but not as much upside, and thinking that could be the better choice for them.

  1. zblott - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Huge, athletic center who supposedly can do it all…but he has no real offensive game (terrible shooter and low-post moves), barely rebounded in college (7.6/gm), and whose defense/blocking is probably overrated since his focus on it gets him out of position based on his really low defensive rebounding numbers, plus his team severely underperformed — yeah, I’d go with definitely pass on this joke.

  2. gpatrick15 - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    I pity the GM that wastes their lottery pick on Drummond. It’s a shame that he’ll be rewarded for his lackluster season at UCONN by being drafted in the top 10. GM’s don’t learn from the past. Hasheem Thabeet was drafted number 2 overall for no reason other than his tremendous height and shot blocking prowess in college. Andre Drummond has Hasheem Thabeet written all over his forehead, yet he’ll be drafted high anyway. I just hope for the fans sake that Portland doesn’t take him.

  3. jeffcor7 - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    I continue to fail to understand how Drummond is rated higher than Tyler Zeller. Zeller has a much more polished offensive game, runs the floor better than any big man in this draft, and is a solid rebounder and defender. Zeller will be a solid center for years. Just because he doesn’t scream “superstar” doesn’t mean he can’t be a franchise center for a long time.

  4. eaglessuperfan - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    I don’t disagree that he is a risk but all big men are. How many of these guys with a polished offensive game are going to turn out to be nothing more than Spencer Hawes. I think big men, more centers are extremely hard to predict. Calling him a waste is foolish a risk yes, but no more than Bynum was.

    • gpatrick15 - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      I agree with most everything you said. But here’s my question: Would you take Drummond in the lottery, over better prospects that are still on the board? Despite the motor issues, the lackluster year, etc?

      • eaglessuperfan - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        I would have to say that depends on what team you are. If your a team like the Sixers that has some talent why not move up a little if he drops and take a chance. If your the Bobcats you would be nuts to.

  5. eaglessuperfan - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    The Andre Blatche comparison is flawed also he had the best year of his career at 25 years old. 16 and 8 a game. He is a head case yes but he has developed albeit slowly.

  6. deepfreezerob - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    He will not slip past the Pistons at #9

  7. fanz928 - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    He’s going at 5 or 6 if sac doesn’t take him Portland will grab him for sure him and Lamarcus will be exciting

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