Detroit Pistons’ center Andre Drummond is coming off of a fantastic season and is continuing to show what he can do for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup. With Stan Van Gundy taking over as head coach and president of the Pistons, many believe he will speed up Drummond’s development, much like he did for Dwight Howard in Orlando.
John Zitzler of Basketball Insiders believes Drummond will indeed be the focal point of the Pistons’ offense.
Although he doesn’t possess the most complete post game at this stage of his career, he is able to convert a number of those offensive rebounds into easy second chance buckets.
Despite his early success, particularly rebounding the ball, Drummond still has a ton of potential at 21 years old. It’s a scary thought for the rest of the league to envision the type of player he can be if he fulfills that potential. During the final month of last season, Drummond averaged 18.4 points, 17.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks while shooting 64.2 percent from the field. Now, with Stan Van Gundy taking over as the Pistons’ head coach and making Drummond a focal point of Detroit’s attack, the big man is poised for a monster year manning the middle.
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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