Although Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond is likely to be cut from the Team USA roster, it certainly isn’t hurting his stock in the NBA.
Coming out of UConn, there were a significant amount of questions surrounding Drummond’s ability to play in the NBA. Relatively raw, some suggested that Andre Drummond would find difficulty transitioning to the NBA and his big body, while a size plus, would be too slow to defend at the NBA level.
So far none of that has come true – in fact – it’s been the complete opposite as Andre Drummond has seemingly become arguably the Detroit Pistons best player (Greg Monroe has beef) and according to Basketball Insiders can essentially be looked at as a franchise player.
The debate on whether to include him on the “franchise” list boils down to “would you start a franchise around him” and in most cases the answer is likely yes. Although, admittedly Drummond might best be suited in the next tier, the truth of the matter is Drummond likely gets a max contract, which locks him in as a franchise player for the Pistons.
The definition of a franchise player is subject to opinion and some may feel the only true franchise player in the league would be LeBron James. That said, the idea of Andre Drummond being a franchise player is using the term loosely and essentially hints at him being one of the major building blocks to bring an organization to the top of the standings.
Assuming he continues to improve, it’s possible that Andre Drummond can be mentioned in that mix.