Roundtable: Assessing the rookies
The rookie facing the greatest leap is Andre Drummond, the No. 9 pick by the Pistons, because he was drafted based on his potential. Drummond is excellent athletically, but he's going to have to work hard this year to channel that athleticism and learn the skills required of an NBA big man. Plus, with no understanding for the kind of structured environment that coach Lawrence Frank is working hard to create, Drummond may look lost for much of this year. It will be a huge mistake to declare him a bust after a month or two, because the real goal for him will be to show progress and discipline. This is going to be like a seven-month boot camp for him.