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Andre Drummond's Freshman Year vs. Robinson, Duncan, Ewing, and other great centers

Since the Blazers might select Drummond, I thought it'd be fun to compare Drummond's freshman year with the freshmen years of former (except Duncan) successful NBA centers. Credit goes to Rondo2Hondo of RealGM:

-Freshman Drummond: 28.4 mpg, 10.2 ppg. 7.6 rpg, 2.7 bpg, 53% FG, 28% FT
Per 36: 12.9 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.4 bpg
-Point guard: played with Shabazz Napier (draft express rank him as the 55th best sophomore in his class. Averaged 13ppg on 39% shooting from the field. Never looked for Drummond. Basically, Boatright, Lamb and Napier took turns at chucking)

Hall of Fame Centers

-Freshman Hakeem: 18 mpg, 8.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.5 bpg, 60% FG, 56% FT
Per 36: 16.6 ppg, 12.4 rpg, 5 bpg
-Played with Rob Williams (PG) - 9 assists per 36 in NBA as a rookie! Also, Clyde Drexler (one of the best passers at SG ever)

-Freshman Admiral: 13 mpg, 7.6 ppg, 4 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 62% FG, 57% FT
Per 36: 21 ppg, 11 rpg, 3.6 bpg
-NO NBA level point guard on roster as freshman

-Freshman Shaq:
28.2 mpg, 13.9 ppg, 12 rpg, 3.6 bpg, 57% FG, 56% FT
Per 36: 17.8 ppg, 15.3 rpg, 4.6 bpg
-Played with future NBA point guard Chris Jackson (Abdul-Rauf)

-Freshman Duncan: 30.2 mpg, 9.8 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.75 bpg, 55% FG, 75% FT
Per 36: 11.7 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 4.5 bpg
-Played with future NBA point guard Randolph Childress (not as good a point guard as the others)

-Freshman Alonzo: 28.3 mpg, 13.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 4.9 bpg, 60% FG, 67% FT
Per 36: 16.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 6.2 bpg
-Played with Charles Smith - a decent point guard who made the Celtics and Jaren Jackson, solid passer

-Freshman Mutombo: 11.3 mpg, 3.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 bpg, 71% FG, 48% FT
Per 36: 12.42 ppg, 10.51 rpg, 7.3 bpg
-Played with Charles Smith - a decent point guard who made the Celtics and Jaren Jackson, solid passer

-Freshman Ewing: 28.8 mpg, 12.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.2 bpg, 63% FG, 62% FT
Per 36: 15.9 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 4 bpg
-Played with NBA point guard Sleepy Floyd

-Freshman Daugherty: 23.3 mpg, 8.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1 bpg, 55% FG, 66% FT
Per 36: 13.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg
-PG was Jim Braddock, non NBA caliber player. SG was none other than Michael Jordan who wasn't known for his playmaking then.











What this suggests is that the majority of great NBA centers never produced amazing freshmen years (at least in comparison to their sophomore-senior years). On top of this, the ones who had better freshmen years had the help of a good point guard to give them the ball.

Thus, Drummond's projected trajectory seems to veer in the direction of the Hall-of-Fame center. And while he falls short of their statistical achievements, from here, we can assert Drummond will become a pretty good center (think Brad Daugherty or Andrew Bynum level). His skills, strength, mobility, and athleticism amongst big men is extremely rare so it isn't like Drummond's stats are empty. An apt comparison would be an Amare Stoudemire who plays better defense.

Some may argue he has motor issues but this mostly stems from a lack of confidence and repetition developed from being poorly utlized at U-Conn. Given an NBA caliber point guard and some time to develop a few go-to moves, Drummond has a strong case for becoming a good player. He already has the ability to gain deep post position and only needs a teacher like Kareem or Hakeem to help him.

Feel free to agree/disagree below.

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