DMVleGeND wrote:I never said he was "all-world great" or anything, but he's been productive in the minutes he gets (all Pistons fans are screaming for him to be starting), and has all the physical tools you could ask for. I think it's pretty obvious from everything we've seen thus far that even if he doesn't reach his potential, he's still a high floor player.
Much was implied though. Starpower, upside, championship...
I don't really see the vaulted floor though. The floor for Drummond imo is that he never progresses and tosses his name into the long list of C's who technically started but were never "starter-caliber" players: Olowokandi, Jahidi White, Jason Collins, etc. More optimistically, he becomes the heir apparent to Kwame Brown and carves a nice yet unspectacular career over the span of many years like how Haywood, Dalembert, and Shawn Bradley did. There's really very little chance he pans out at his ceiling as a "good" C like Joakim Noah, or Marc Gasol much less the all-nba C's like Bogut, Chandler, and ::snort:: Howard.
Greg Monroe on the other hand, I'd trade just about anyone on our roster for (even Wall if it meant unprotected future picks).
Edit: top 3 picks?
Noel, Len, Shabazz in that order.
Noel has that rare combination of size and hustle that is just invaluable. It's what separates Noah from McGee. Noel is going to set the league on fire next season. He's putting up video game stats out of sheer athleticism. 3 steals. 3 blocks. 3 assists. 10 boards. Shooting 4 FT's a game. Pair him up with an actual point guard and some legitimate coaching? He's going to be something very special.
Len. You really can't argue against the size and the polish. Marc Gasol 2.0 if he gets a bit more elevation on his hook shots.
Shabazz. The tools are there. It's just that he's not as good as he's hyped to be. The low assists and the low steals hint at low iq on both ends of the court. Not even Caron Butler good, but better than DeRozen. Not better than Beal, imo.
Dark horse. People are tripping all over themselves over Cody Zeller but Mason Plumlee is doing amazing things right now albeit 2 years older than Zeller. 20 ppg on 65% shooting. Drawing enough fouls for 8.4 FTA/game. Just absolutely phenomenal scorer. Maybe not an all-star but certain good enough to start for a mediocre team at PF.