When current Detroit Pistons’ head coach and president Stan Van Gundy was coaching the Orlando Magic, he built his team around Dwight Howard and had great success, even making the NBA Finals in 2009. Now that he is in Detroit, many think he will do the same with Pistons’ center Andre Drummond.
Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders believes the Pistons may be making Drummond the “primary post option” and that he will have a lot get a lot more shots under Van Gundy.
Just because it is rumored that Drummond will likely be one of the final cuts from Team USA’s roster, that doesn’t mean he isn’t ready for the limelight in his own right. His overall numbers and productivity were stunted by a very crowded frontcourt in Detroit last season, but that didn’t stop him from averaging a double-double (13.5 PPG, 13.1 RPG) all while shooting 62.3 percent from the field. We expect new coach and team president Stan Van Gundy to find a way to feature him this year as the primary post option. Don’t expect a repeat of Drummond only attempting 9.5 shots per night with Van Gundy’s preferred ‘four out, one in’ system.
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. In his rookie year, he went for 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 60.8% from the floor and 37.1% from the charity stripe.
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