Commentary

Rookie Watch: Early surprises

Originally Published: November 15, 2012
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
Andre DrummondGarrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty ImagesDrafted ninth overall by the Pistons, Andre Drummond is rising among the rooks ahead of schedule.

One of the challenges NBA scouts and executives face when evaluating draftees is that, for the most part, pro and college basketball are two different games played similarly. Much of the college game is lost in the pros. So players who have difficulty in some aspects of the NCAA game can quickly blossom in the NBA because those particular aspects no longer matter as much.

Similarly, players who excel at one aspect in college often are forced to change their style and, as a result, they bring new talents to the table that were not needed previously. The same thing can happen with players who come over from Europe, as that game can be viewed as similar to college, only with much better players.

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