The Draft Team has compiled a Big Board, or hierarchical ranking, or where we think the players stack up for each of our picks. Anthony Davis is obviously out of the question, so we have listed the top 5 players available for the Second pick and the top 5 players for the Thirty-first pick. This list does not factor in the draft combine so please keep that in mind while reading through.
1. Thomas Robinson (6’9″ PF, Kansas, Junior)
Strengths: Physically mature, high motor, great character moves well with and without the ball, natural scorer and is an amazing rebounder.
Weaknesses: What is his true size on the court for a PF (possibly undersized), inconsistent shot selection, double teams.
How he would fit the ‘Cats: At 21 years of age, Robinson’s chiseled physique and mental stability is already NBA ready. He is always around the ball and knows how to get the ball in the basket in a variety of ways. His frame is able to bang down low (not necessarily in a post game, but physical enough to hang), yet he is athletic enough to step out on the perimeter and drain shots with ease. Robinson is a beast on the boards and is an ideal player at running the pick and roll game. Size is the biggest knock on Robinson due to the fact that he has been measured between 6’8’’ – 6’10’’. If he measures well at the pre-draft camps, and can hit that 6’10” measurement, Thomas Robinson should be the ‘Cats pick at #2.
2. Andre Drummond (6’11″ PF/C, Connecticut, Freshman)
Strengths: Very athletic and strong for his size, defensive stalwart, great rebounder and shot blocker, highest ceiling.
Weaknesses: Limited offensive game, work ethic and desire is questionable, disappears too often.
How he would fit the ‘Cats: Andre Drummond is about as frustrating a player as you will find in this draft. On paper and high school videos, he appears to be the next Dwight Howard. Then, you flip on his games at UConn, and you see a much different player. If Andre Drummond can discover a passion for the game of basketball, he could dominate in the NBA. He is an athletic freak with a 7’5” wingspan, and runs the court like a guard. Drummond’s presence in the paint is noticeable as he alters shots defensively and is always crashing rebounds. His upside and potential is what will sell an owner on Andre Drummond because if he can flip the switch, he will be a franchise center.