NBA Draft 2012: Andre Drummond to the Portland Trailblazers?

Mike UlstadContributor IIIMay 4, 2012

Would Andre Drummond be a good fit in Portland?
Would Andre Drummond be a good fit in Portland?Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Andre Drummond, the big man out of the University of Connecticut, has all the physical tools that scouts look for: Terrific size, supreme length and incredible athleticism. He also has no major injury history, which Blazer fans would surely be more than okay with. But as far as skills go, Drummond is just not ready for the NBA.


Drummond is definitely a boom or bust type prospect, but may not be available at the number six pick (multiple mock drafts have him going at the number three spot). There is also a chance he slides down to number 6 though, where Portland will most likely be making their selection.

Keeping that in mind, if Drummond is a player who needs polishing and could eventually become a dominant NBA center, should Portland pick him?

Why they should: Drummond would fit a role that is desperately needed in Portland right now—a center who can affect the game dramatically on defense, and also remain healthy. His defense is NBA-ready, and he has also shown some great potential on offense. On the offensive end, his physical tools alone will sometimes get him to the basket and create opportunities for some explosive finishes.

His potential is through the roof and there is no denying that if nothing else, he will become a solid defensive player in NBA.

Why they shouldn't: Drummond certainly looks the part of yet another failed pick of a center for the Blazers. He may not have injury history, but he needs major work on the offensive end. If he does not have the drive that it takes to work on his offensive game (and yes, his motivation has been questioned), he will never develop into a quality NBA center. The Kwame Brown comparisons would run rampant.

Now you decide, if Andre Drummond is available at pick number six, would you select him?

Here's a highlight video from his freshman season at Connecticut to help you decide further. As you can see, he is capable of being dominant, but will that ever carry over to the NBA?

Andre Drummond

Height: 6-11

Weight: 270 lbs.

College: University of Connecticut

Statistics: 10.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.7 blocks