He's working out for Detroit, but he definitely wasn't a sure thing anymore coming out of college.
And Drummond needs a lot of development. Could the Raptors coaches give him time to develop when they want to also spend more time on JV? If they took him as an asset could they easily flip him if he didn't show his potential?
Ross is not a difference maker and may turn into a bust as well.. but he was not a bad pick.. I can't think of anyone that was drafted after Drummond that is doing well. Maybe Henson but we already had Davis.
We reached on Ross, period end of story. Nobody had him going that high especially considering we already had DeMar at 2.
http://nbadraft.net/2012mock_draft ----> Had us taking Drummond 8th. Ross going 14th
http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-mock-draft/2012/ ----> Had us taking Rivers 8th. Drummond going 9th, Ross 14th
http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft...raft-version-8 ------> Ford has us taking Lillard at 8. Drummond going 6th. Ross 13th.
Ross was considered a late lottery pick, we took him in the mid-lottery. Drummond was supposed to go anywhere from 6-9
So why was it such a horrible move for Toronto to take a guy they liked at 8 instead of a guy that had motivation issues? BC for all his faults drafted pretty well. May never have knocked one out of the park but was fairly close with his assessments.
I don't think Drummond is going to be a franchise altering talent. He may not have had time to show his potential to turn him into an asset worthy of guys like Harden. Ross may not be as good and even though he was a safe pick, he was not a bad pick.. at least not yet.
Not sure how valuable an exercise it is to reference mock drafts to current (still unproven) players. After all, one could argue that the mocks were all wrong and that Lillard should've been the consensus 1st pick.
It's just too early to draw any conclusions on these young players.
Drummond didn't fall hard and he didn't have bust written all over him. He was a top 10 pick and Ross wasn't. He was considered the better prospect at the time (same goes for Lamb and Rivers).Quote:
There is a reason why Drummond fell so hard in the draft. He had bust written all over him. How would you feel if Drummond turned into Thabeet or Alabi?
Well it could have been worse imagine if we drafted Rivers.... Ross is t least tradeable.
Drummond was widely considered as a risky pick at the time: it's why he slid to 9th. That doesn't mean teams were necessarily wrong to skip him because he turned out to be a smash - sometimes that happens, it's the draft. I think Toronto's pick of Ross was your classic "team hopes for best-case scenario" and since the best-case scenario in this instance was relatively modest (i.e. a Danny Green clone) they fooled themselves into thinking it was more likely or achievable.
Also all of these guys showed a willingness and ability to attack the basket in their first season. Nearly half of Ross' shot attempts were from 3 and he basically never attacked the basket unless he was on the break.
Now I'm not defending the Ross pick at all because although he has the makeup of a good player there was definitely a Ben Wallace-type right behind him. I'm not upset so much about missing out on Drummond because 7 other teams passed on him too. I just don't think Ross has shown anything that proves he was worth a gamble.
....but again, we've seen tons of complaints that Derozan was granted the starting position by default and it cost our team a bunch of wins in the early stages of his career. Ross has only been around one year, plenty of time yet to carve a niche.