There were a lot of questions surrounding center Andre Drummond when he was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the ninth-overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. After and up-and-down rookie season, Drummond began to develop into an excellent player last year, showing great improvement on both ends of the floor and turning into one of the league’s best rebounders.
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders believes Drummond is going to be a future superstar.
With Van Gundy, an increased role and the continued development expected from a 21-year-old, Drummond certainly seems poised for a monster season. It’s amazing that Drummond slipped to No. 9 in the 2012 NBA draft. The Pistons clearly got a steal, because their young big man has the physical tools and freakish athleticism to eventually be a superstar.
There aren’t many dominant centers in the NBA these days so when Drummond realizes his full potential and reaches his prime in a few years, he’ll be a headache for opposing coaches and big men.
Playing for Van Gundy, who helped Dwight Howard develop with the Orlando Magic, should only help advance Drummond’s development.
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 first season as a pro, 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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