I think some of the people here that were so opposed to Drummond may end up eating their words...
Originally Posted by slestack11
What if the Lakers sign Lebron for the 2014/2015 season? Assuming that Howard and Nash are the only ones on the roster at that point...maybe Kobe signs for a lot less money being that he's been paid plenty by the Lakers. The word "never" is a bit drastic. Next season for the Lakers will be the redeem team. The 2014/2015 season will be the "calling all mercenaries" team.
yeah, it's obvious that he will be special. the idea was that he's clueless and a slow learner and low effort, well, there was none of that defensively in the two games i saw so far.
the guy has defensive instincts and knows what he's doing. And he's insanely strong.
I remember comparisons with DeAndre Jordan, and they look ridiculous now that i've seen a bit more of Drummond.
Btw, there are so many impressive big men in this preseason...... Rookies, or guys who seem to have taken the next step. Drummond. Kanter. Valanciunas. Asik. Meyers. And theres still a number of teams that i haven't seen.
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Drummond was a complete beast in HS and showed the whole skill package, sometimes looked like a guard with certai moves. Never understood the "he's raw" label, he's far from being a stiff or unskilled big. This kid should've gone #2 and Detroit made the steal of the draft(given he's #9, complete joke).
Originally Posted by coachbadlee
I to believe that Davis has Garnett potential. I also feel that Lamb has McGrady potential. Terrence Jones has the potential to be better than Bosh. Royce has the potential to be another Majic Johnson.
Frustrating. Toronto just had to keep that 8th pick.
You take a chance on a guy like Drummond. Period.
Yep, but I doubt it had anything to do with Toronto holding out. More than likely it was the Rockets holding out on Toronto. They had to have thought Orlando would value the draft pick they could get in future years over a player that the Rockets pick, and hope they like in a few months unless they could get Orlando to commit on draft night.
Had that trade gone down on draft night, it seems like Toronto was more than willing to give the Rockets the #8 to immediately be flipped to Orlando. After that didnt happen, the Rockets made the decision to use Lowry to get a pick in next years draft instead to keep on the pursuit of Dwight into the Summer.
The Dwight Howard situtation really screwed the Rockets again on this one. Had they just traded Lowry on draft night for the #8 instead of holding out for a Dwight deal, they could have had Drummond to be groomed for the next few years.
Also the team could have had one of the biggest front lines in the NBA. This does make me sick to my stomach. Not saying he's going to be Dwight Howard or anything, but should at the very least be a DeAndre Jordan on a rookie contract. Not bad at all.
I guess we just have to see what kind of player the Rockets get with the Toronto pick before we can acurately judge whether or not it was a mistake doing what they did. Right now, it looks like a mistake, but that could change next Summer.
Never understood the "he's raw" label, he's far from being a stiff or unskilled big.
That's because all these draft analysts say the same talking point to label players and perpetuate myths about certain players based off what they heard from others without understanding the implications of what they're saying. i.e. He needs to gain weight, he needs to bulk up, etc. when that player is wiry strong and is fully capable of surviving at the NBA level.