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Bryan Colangelo on (maybe) Andre Drummond: “I passed on somebody I consider a top-five talent in the draft because we felt like he didn’t have the right mental makeup”

Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo recently spoke at the Prime Time Sports Conference in Canada and was among the sports executives discussing how teams decide on draft picks. If you remember, and I’m sure you do, the Raptors were the team that took (and maybe reached for) Terrence Ross with the No. 8 pick, which allowed the Pistons to take Andre Drummond at No. 9 in this year’s draft. Check out these comments from Colangelo, via the Toronto Star, and try and guess who he’s talking about:

There’s a checklist: talent, physical tools, basketball IQ, how they perform, how we anticipate they’ll perform. Character. Emotional make-up. Marketability. Each component is part of the process. The toughest is what’s inside a player. You can’t see the heart, the emotional aspect of things.

Picking eighth, I passed on somebody I consider a top-five talent in the draft because we felt like he didn’t have the right mental makeup. I passed on someone we thought was a top-three physical specimen because we felt he wasn’t the right fit for our team and didn’t have the right mental makeup.

Now, Colangelo has plausible deniability I guess, because he didn’t specifically say Drummond, but we should all read between the lines. Good luck with Ross, I guess, and thanks for that philosophy.

Also, hopefully Drummond notices those comments and saves something special for Raptors games.

Hat tip, Pro Basketball Talk

17 Comments

  • Nov 16, 20129:26 pm
    by DasMark

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    Says the guy who drafted Bargs over Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge? 

    Thanks again Toronto!  

  • Nov 16, 201210:00 pm
    by George

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    The same guy that built the 2012 Olympic team that barely got the gold.  Seriously, why the hell did he put an unproven college guy (Davis) on the team over Cousins or Monroe?  Lebron/Melo pretty much bailed out our nation.

    I may be wrong, but I think he is stepping down from USA Basketball, which will be a good thing for the country.

    • Nov 16, 201210:19 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      You’re thinking of his dad, Jerry Colangelo. And no, Jerry isn’t stepping down. He was just re-elected as the chairman of USA Basketball.

    • Nov 17, 20121:58 pm
      by tarsier

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      How was Davis unproven? He was coming off a MOP and NPOY season. This wasn’t for an NBA tournament. It was the Olympics. In that context, Monroe, Cousins, and Davis are equally unproven. All are “proven” on the college level. So Monroe and Cousins have a slightly larger body of work. But if that were the criterion, we should have had Camby at the Olympics.

  • Nov 16, 201210:03 pm
    by gmehl

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    I haven’t seen much of the Raptors but is Ross going to be that bad or is the fact that Drummond has superstar potential??

    • Nov 16, 201210:20 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Ross isn’t looking so hot right now. He’s a good athlete and decent shooter though.

  • Nov 16, 201210:04 pm
    by Keith

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    I thought he was talking about Drummond when referring to the top-3 phyiscal specimen, and figured someone like Sullinger was more apt for the top-5 talent line.

    • Nov 16, 201210:20 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      No one questioned Sullinger’s mental makeup pre-draft though. Just his health.

      • Nov 17, 20129:32 am
        by Keith

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        Perry Jones III, then?

  • Nov 16, 201210:13 pm
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    trade stuckey for ross 

  • Nov 16, 201210:37 pm
    by MrHappyMushroom

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    I don’t read this as a dis at all.  He’s just, to me, explaining that a lot of considerations go into draft picks.  There are questions about whether Drummond has that “killer instinct” (despite his promising start, the team seems to get killed by offensive rebounds when he’s on the floor).  Ultimately, he felt a little less confident that Drummond would rise above than Joe did.

    • Nov 16, 201211:00 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      It’s not necessarily a dis. I’m sure Colangelo is not the only guy who came to that conclusion, or Drummond wouldn’t have fell. But honestly, I think that’s one of the shittiest things that people do to draft prospects in any sport. It’s one thing if Drummond had off-court incidents or a proven track record of being uncoachable. So far, the worst I’ve heard or seen written about him is just that he’s a little lazy. So to me, questioning a 19-year-old’s ‘mental makeup’ because that person is lazy seems unnecessary.

      And part of what I find funny about the quote is just that Ross was a terrible pick for that spot based on where most mocks had him going. So fine, pass on Drummond, but don’t reach 10 picks too high for a dude in front of him. 

      • Nov 17, 20122:00 pm
        by tarsier

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        Or, if you want Ross, make a friggin’ trade with someone around the 12th to 20th pick. Someone will be willing to part with at least a minor asset to move up.

      • Nov 17, 20122:06 pm
        by tarsier

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        Like Minnesota did. They wanted Love, but Mayo was the clear 3rd pick. So they got Mike Miller  thrown in who they then packaged with Foye to get Rubio (because Flynn, Lawson, and Calathes just weren’t enough PGs for one team from one draft).

        Thus vastly diminishing the number of internet comments that said “KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHN!!!!” Although, not until Love and Rubio were able to strut their stuff last season.

  • Nov 17, 20128:59 am
    by vic

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    he just dissed himself. obviously the mental makeup of his organization isnt that exemplary

  • Nov 17, 20122:10 pm
    by frankie d

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    i actually think ross will be a decent player.  a good, solid guy who will definitely be a regular rotation player for the next decade.
    however, drummond has the potential to be much, much more.
    and i have a feeling that toronto management and fans will be discussing ross and drummond the same way that detroit fans discuss darko and wade, et al…  

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