All of the talk surrounding the Detroit Pistons has been about the hiring of former Miami Heat and Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy as both president and head coach of the Pistons and a few of the moves he’s already made, like signing Los Angeles Lakers’ free agent swingman Jodie Meeks. Of course, the talk quickly shifted to the saga of restricted free agent big man Greg Monroe, who will reportedly be signing the Pistons’ qualifying offer. Lost in the shuffle has been the development of center Andre Drummond, who is currently playing for Team USA.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders believes Drummond will be receiving a max contract.
Comparatively, Drummond isn’t nearly the sure fire bet that Davis and Lillard are, but given the growth of Drummond over the last two years, there is little doubt that Drummond is a special talent. 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.
Drummond averaged 13.5 points, 13.2 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals per game shooting 62.3% from the field and 41.8% from the free throw line last season. He was originally selected with the ninth-overall pick by the Pistons in the 2012 NBA Draft.
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