Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo!’s Ball Don’t Lie handed out his draft grades today. Like someone else I know, he’s at the same time excited about Andre Drummond’s potential and apprehensive about whether or not he can fulfill it:
Interesting, potential-filled draft for Detroit. English can play. He can shoot, and in the NBA if you can shoot, you can play. Simple as that. Middleton’s frame and game remind of a guy who is going to be in the NBA for a few years, and with a second-round selection that’s hard to beat, and not slim praise. On top of that, Middleton has yet to turn 21.
Drummond is the biggest coin flip in the draft. He’s the biggest anything in the draft, mixing that massive 7-6 wingspan and dominant potential with a history that suggests he might fritter it all away. That he’ll lure fans in and put together that week or even month of double-double play and engaged defense (because that goes beyond shot-blocking; and the Pistons badly need someone paying attention on the inside with Greg Monroe around) before falling backward. As fans of sound center play, we’re dying for Drummond to work out. We’re hoping he falls closer to Bob Lanier than Reggie Harding. We hope Ben Wallace sticks around for another year to show him how it’s done, before and after practice.
We’ve seen this buildup before, though. Please let the payoff be different this time, Andre Drummond.
(Pistons had to take him, though. Had to.)