When Andre Drummond came out of UConn, many feared his inability to grow as a player. Very talented but still very raw, Drummond looked a lot like so many talented college players who’d never progress as an NBA player.
He’s all but squashed those fears though after a very solid rookie season and now it appears Drummond will enter his sophomore campaign with a arsenal of new offensive moves, including a baby hook and a mid-range jump shot.
Drummond’s offense a year ago consisted almost exclusively of finishing lob dunks and scoring via put-backs. Those areas should always constitute a significant component of his arsenal, but he worked tirelessly over the summer on left- and right-hand baby hooks and assertive rip moves to either hand from the elbows, even face-up jump shots inside of 15 feet.The Pistons don’t expect a smorgasbord of polished offensive moves, nor do they believe it’s necessary. Many of the most decorated big men the game’s ever known have cemented their legacy on the backs of one or two signature moves, Kareem’s sky hook and countering drop step-finger roll the shining example.