The Detroit Pistons took down the Brooklyn Nets 76-67 as the two teams played their first game of NBA Summer League against each other. As many probably expected, second-year man Andre Drummond stole the show.
Drummond is unlikely to play in all of the Pistons’ Summer League games, but he put on a show in the opener. In just 25 minutes of action, the center recorded the following statline: 12 points, 16 rebounds, 6 blocks and 5 steals.
Drummond had 7 turnovers in the game, didn’t finish particularly well around the rim and struggled at the line, but was still very dominant.
The Nets were held to just 0.343 field goal percentage, and that was in huge part thanks to excellent interior defense on Drummond’s part. He looked too big and too strong on the floor, and simple overwhelmed the competition with his physical gifts.
Most importantly, Drummond reminded everyone just how much upside he has. This summer he is expected to work out with Hakeem Olajuwon, which could definitely do wonders for his game. His athleticism is second to none, and if he was to work on his fundamentals, he can truly develop into a great center.