Originally Posted by RAPMAN
Ironically, Andre Drummond was picked No. 9 with the Detroit Pistons. Ten years ago, BC made a gamble on a high school kid named Amare Stoudemire with the No. 9 pick. An immature kid whose mother was in and out of prison, attended six different high schools in two different states, and whose brother died when he was 12. Phoenix was the only team to pick a high school player in the first round of the 2002 NBA draft. Considering the unstable background and raw potential of Amare, BC took the gamble and won.
He seems to be a consensus guy these days, not sure if he was back then at least to this degree. We don't know what the scouts were telling him and what was discussed in the room and leading into the draft between him and Stefanski. There is a reason he dropped from a top 3 prospect (#1 18 months ago) to nearly droping out of the top 10. It's amazing how we all love to say someone made a mistake when making a draft pick when it comes to 20yr olds. IMO they picked Ross because he's a very good athlete, can defend and can shoot. I don't have a problem whatsoever with that pick. It may or may not turnout, but that's always the case with young players, especially when you get out of the top 5.