Dec 15, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (1) warms up before the game against the Indiana Pacers at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond adding baby hook, jump shot to game

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.

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  • Chris Wyman

    He needs to stop wasting his time trying to be somebody he’s not and practice being the best Defensive player that ever lived. The “baby” hook is not something you can just learn, you either have it or you don’t. He’ll never be a good FT shooter either. Think Ben Wallace.