Originally Posted by texasdave
How did Andre Drummond fall to number 9 in the draft? There are going to be some teams kicking themselves for not calling his name on draft night. He was the second, maybe even best, player available.
I've agreed with you all along regarding Drummond.
Granted, as things stand today:
* Lillard is the rookie of the year, so far.
* Believe it or not, Kidd-Gilchrist's numbers so far are comparable to that of James Worthy's rookie year, with Kidd - Gilchrist a better outside shooter - his supposed weakness - than Worthy was for much of his career.
* Davis and Rivers should both benefit from the return of Eric Gordon. In such case, Rivers should be more comfortable in a reserve/ sixth man role.
Finally, here's an interesting tidbit from an ESPN Chad Ford chat.
With the way Drummond is playing, dispelling the work ethic issues, can he be better than A. Davis? Seems with his size and athletic ability the D. Howard comparisons are spot on.
Howard was his comp last year. Coming into last season he was the only player scouts thought could knock Anthony Davis off the No. 1 pick spot. He didn't really play up to it at UConn ... but after watching him for half of season in Detroit -- it is looking like the right comp. If he is going to keep up this learning curve and play hard all of the time, he has a chance to be better than Davis because he has more physical tools. And ... Drummond has now passed Davis as the rookie with the highest PER in the league.