Andre Drummond has flaws, some of them highlighted on Detroit Bad Boys last night, I think even the most euphoric among Pistons fans realize this. So while most have praised the Pistons for having the good fortune to land someone once considered a top four talent in this draft with the ninth pick, there are also more pessimistic takes out there. Matt Moore of CBS Sports:
He’s so talented, so physically gifted, but Joe Dumars needed more of a sure thing. Drummond is a nice kid — too nice. He doesn’t play with much intensity, hasn’t developed any low-post moves and has a mediocre basketball IQ. I hate to kill this pick because, again, Drummond is a high-character kid. But this was a major risk, even at number nine.
Moore is also one of very few people praising Detroit’s first second round pick, Khris Middleton. He also liked the English pick:
Khris Middleton (39): Solid pick for Dumars; Middleton is a skilled wing who can shoot it from the perimeter.
Kim English (44): Has size and can shoot the ball from the perimeter. Quality selection in the middle of the second round.
I’ve obviously expressed my belief that Drummond was the pick the Pistons had to make, and I say that knowing very well what the risks are. It has similarities to the Brandon Knight pick last year. In back-to-back years, the Pistons have taken players who are incredibly physically gifted, but their actual skill level/basketball IQ has to catch up to where they’re at physically. If Knight’s work ethic and rub off on Drummond, I think he’ll be fine.