At the College Basketball Roundtable each week, we ask members of the coverage staff their opinions about a current topic in the sport.
This week's question: Who will be the biggest lottery bust?
Jeff Eisenberg's answer: Harrison Barnes' inability to get to the rim in college would scare me if I were a general manager, but the potential top-five pick with the most bust potential is UConn center Andre Drummond. Yes, he has the body, wingspan and athleticism of a potential elite NBA center. He also has the unpolished offensive repertoire and suspect motor of Kwame Brown. Hailed as the recruit who could make UConn a contender for back-to-back championships, Drummond instead struggled to make a consistent impact during his lone erratic season with the Huskies. He lacks a back-to-the-basket game. He disappears for stretches of the game. And he doesn't work hard enough to consistently get good position against players he should dominate physically. Drummond's post defense, offensive rebounding and ability to finish in transition could be assets for an NBA team, but he's light years away from developing into a scoring threat. To me, he's a few years away from becoming DeAndre Jordan – and that's not what I'd want from a top-five pick.
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Mike Huguenin's answer: I think this is a good draft. While Anthony Davis is by far the best prospect, I think there are about 20 other potential first-rounders who can be solid NBA players for at least five years. But one guy I wouldn't touch is Connecticut center Andre Drummond. Nothing I saw from him in his one season at UConn leads me to believe he can be anything but a guy at the end of an NBA bench. Yes, he does have some shot-blocking skills and he truly is a big man. But I don't think his offense is near NBA-ready and I'm not sure he'll work hard enough to change that. He'll be drafted early because of his potential, but I'd bet 15 or so guys taken after him in the first round will have far more productive NBA careers. I also have a ton of doubt about Illinois center Meyers Leonard (he has "well-traveled journeyman" written all over him) and Baylor forward Perry Jones (though most mock drafts now seem to have him plummeting into the high teens or low 20s).
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