Because there's no "Funny, but Ouch" category.
OT for a slow summer - NBA Draft: What sayeth ye?
Please, please, please Drummond!
To me he's a boom/bust pick and with the right team, coaches, he can shine. Just don't think the Pistons can do it for Drummond. He has immense potential but has not shown why he is a great prospect at UConn on a consistent basis.
DRUMMOND! DRUMMMOND! DRUMMOND!
Wow...great options left for the Pistons. Please don't blow it Joe D.
Not a big reach. Waiter to Cavs is a reach imo
I swear that was him leading Terrance Ross to the stage.
Drummond please!! Don't screw this up Joe D
And the Pistons have had an option they shouldn't have had fall in their laps.
This has kind of been their MO the past couple drafts.
I wouldnt be against P. Jones 3.
Edit: Drummond is already crying so the pick is in.
This is taking too goddamn long. Someone wake Joe D up from his coma! What is there to debate, man!
Hey! Drummond! Now can we all just pretend he came straight out of high school?
Dumars is a lucky guy. For the 3rd year in a row he has an exceedingly obvious selection.
And this is why giving up ANY 1st rounders is a bad idea -- never know who will drop.
The names associated with Drummond in the Chad Ford/Bill Simmons draft column were... Darko/Kwama/Thabeet and ... Dwight Howard. Ford said, "If he gets with the right team and mentor and dedicates himself to becoming a good NBA player — he could do exactly what Dwight does and start dunking over everyone. Dwight is the only player in the NBA with his physical abilities."
Can the Pistons just go out and sign Hakeem with the mid level exception just to teach him some post moves and how to play hard?
But guys like Henson make them mildly better, and they tread water a bit. Guys like Drummond could be a waste and get Joe fired, but he cold also help them make a bigger leap (in time) even without quite being Howard.
And because I not really remember Lanier playing, it's the first real center I'll see the Pistons have. (No, William Bedford doesn't count).
Buddha doesn't count?
But his favorite shot was a fade away, and usually Mahorn was defending the centers.
Loved that fadeaway. I think it was written into his contract that he got the first shot of every game.
Laimbeer usually guarded the centers. Mahorn/Edwards were both PFs. Buddha was tall enough to play the 5 but a little soft on D. But that fadeaway was awesome. I had a "Buddha Train" t-shirt back then. (Why did they stop making all those shirts with goofy caricatures?)
He was taller, but against physical low post presence it was often Mahorn. He was way stronger, and Bill was more effective away from the basket. Now, if the PF was more of a threat and the Center stationary, they'd play their proper roles (read: Celtics). And BL certainly did more after Mahorn was taken in expansion.
Fun fact: Apple thinks Laimbeer should be "Laid beer"
And I actually have one of those shirts where they printed Salley and Rodman as white. #racist (Have a bunch of different ones)
Admittedly I never watched Drummond so I couldn't tell you anything about him. After hearing J. Bilas break him down while watching those highlights, I'm on board.
Is very raw and has no motor. Not sure if pistons is the right environment for Drummond
Got rid of Rip. think the other young guys are hard workers. Will worry if Daye is his best bud. (Or he's even on the roster).
Daye is the worst. I have never seen shittier body language in a player.
Well, realistically you're not likely to go to a great environment when you're a lotto pick . He'll have Greg Monroe to learn from, who seems like a good teammate.
Here's an evaluation from the coach who's been breaking down tape for grantland. At 9, this was a great pick.
Unreal. The most talented player in the draft after Anthony Davis. I realize he could bust but his ceiling is ridiculously high. Watch his film. Physically, he looks like Dwight Howard
I love it. He and Monroe could be a monster frontline.
U-M connection - his agent is Rob Pelinka.
Good breakdown. The main thing for Drummond will be if he dedicates himself to the game.
I hope this pans out...I feel like the spectrum on him is as wide as anyone in the league. I don't think he'll be Dwight Howard because he has NO offensive game and shoots 29% at the line. However he can be a solid NBA starter...DeAndre Jordan was a solid comparison.
At the same time he could be a lifetime Brendan Haywood which isn't terrible, but not #9 worthy (not sure if there was better that you can identify right now).
Or I could see him in the D-League in 5-6 years.
...this is the pick that will make/break Dumars' career. He could redeem himself or he could be gone.
With that said, I'm not sure there was any other choice unless you went with Henson and rolled with Monroe playing center for the rest of his immediate career.
Now, if it had been Chris Boshosaurus...
At #11?? lulz I honestly did not know he was a that highly regarded and I like to think I know a bit about the game of basketball (though my knowledge of things NBA-wise has declined over the years; I don't watch much of the stuff). Can anyone answer for me if Portland has taken a big man since Greg Oden?
Pistons fans...Chris Broussard just said the 76ers are looking to trade Iguodala.
I'd be willing to trade for him in a heartbeat, what are your thoughts?
Haven't they been trying to trade him for years?
The 76ers have been trying to get an offensive threat for the past couple of seasons.
They were close to pulling the trigger on an Iguodala for Monta Ellis trade last year, but decided that it would make their line-up too small.
What are you giving up for him?
Edit: for comparison, Stuckey scored almost 15...
I'm not much of an NBA guy, but I'm looking at the draft picks every so often on the mothership website. Houston is getting some quality collegiate players. I'm not sure how they'll all pan out professionally, but d**m. T. Jones, J. Lamb, and the big one Royce White. White has the potential to be a good to very good pro. (Do all of these picks mean Dwight Howard is not going to Houston??)
I love Royce White but he is the definition of an NBA system player. Not many offenses allow for a point forward and that is how White will excel, similar to Odom and Diaw.
Mgrowold's going to have a heart attack when he hears the Cavs just traded the 24, 32 and 33 draft picks for Tyler Zeller.
Came back, read this, thought you were kidding, thought it was funny, +1.
See trade finalized, realized you were serious, OMG Cleveland....annnnddd still funny.
What the hell is Cleveland doing?
Making Lebron look really smart.
New Piston owner Tom Gores is apparently at the draft:
I wish him success, obviously, but man, he just looks creepy. Maybe if he'd at least wear a belt...
Stern is on fire tonight.
He trolls the trolls amazingly. Like him or not, he doesn't give a single fuck.