The good thing about having one of the lottery picks in the coming draft is that it is hard to go wrong with whoever you pick. Every player that will get taken in the early part of the first round is bound to make a difference on whatever team they happen to land on.
That is exactly what the Charlotte Bobcats will be hoping when it becomes their turn to choose from this year’s crop of future stars.
When you have a team that has played as poorly as the Bobcats have this season you’d think that the team could just put a bunch of names on a dart board have His Airness close his eyes and throw. If that dart were to land on Andre Drummond (center, UConn Huskies) would it be a good choice for the ‘Cats?
Drummond was one of the best players in the country coming out of high school in 2011. ESPN and NBADraft.net had him rated as the No 1 player in the country; Rivals.com and Scout.com had him No 2. If the NBA was still drafting kids straight out of high school he would have gone in last year’s draft.
Should the Bobcats take him he could very well be the center that the team needs. He has the size of an NBA center standing 6-foot 11-inches and weighing in at 275 pounds. He could be a tough defensive presence down low, is known for being a solid rebounder and shot blocker, and has a decent (and improving) offensive game.
The man can play; that’s a given, but do the ‘Cats need him? What about Bismack Biyombo?
Biyombo has played much better than many people thought he would. In just 20 minutes a game he has averaged almost four blocks per 48 minutes, third best in the league. Does the team need another shot blocker?
Drummond would be a more natural fit at center than Biyombo and give the ‘Cats someone who is suited to play the position. Should the team draft and he takes over the spot it would free up Biyombo to rotate in as a forward. With Tyrus Thomas, Derrick Brown, or Byron Mullens not being overly impressive and Corey Maggette having injury issues, it would not be a shocker to see B-mack earn some serious time (especially if he can develop more of a scoring touch).
Drafting Drummond would give Charlotte another very young, but very talented player; one that could fit in very well with what the team needs. If he happens to be there when it’s Charlotte’s turn he would not be a bad pick at all.