LeBron James praises Andre Drummond

Dec 3, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) drives to the basket as Miami Heat small forward Michael Beasley (8) defends during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

If you haven’t been paying attention to what Andre Drummond has done is Detroit this season, it’s time you start doing so. Drummond has been a beast this season, averaging 13.1 points and 12.7 rebounds per game. In his last 5, Drummond has really stepped up his play, and when the Heat lost to the Pistons back on December 8th, it caught someone’s attention. Drummond seems to have gained a fan in LeBron James, according to detroitnews.com:

But even James, who entered the NBA out of high school in 2003, said he can’t relate to knowing what it’s like to have such massive size and facing the task of adjusting to it on the fly during an 82-game regular season.

“I don’t know, I haven’t had that experience (laughs),” said James, who’s listed at 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds but could be taller and heavier than that. “He’s much bigger than I am. He’s much more comfortable than even the beginning of last year and that’s good for him.”

“Each and every game he continues to grow. His confidence is building,” James said.

“He’s a huge, huge guy and every game he continues to build that confidence,” James said. “He rebounds at a high level. The more and more basketball you play, the more situations you see and the more you’re growing. He’s definitely doing that.”

Drummond was a guy who was considered just a prospect coming out of UCONN, but it seems as if he is starting to develop nicely. He has all the physical tools to be one of the best centers in the league, and it looks as if his skills are starting to round out. He is averaging 32.7 minutes per game this season, compared to just 20 minutes last season.

If he keeps this up, we could be seeing the Most Improved Player Award in Drummond’s hands this spring.

Topics: Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, Lebron James, Miami Heat

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