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Kelly Dwyer: Pistons ‘had to’ take Andre Drummond

Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo!’s Ball Don’t Lie handed out his draft grades today. Like someone else I know, he’s at the same time excited about Andre Drummond’s potential and apprehensive about whether or not he can fulfill it:

Interesting, potential-filled draft for Detroit. English can play. He can shoot, and in the NBA if you can shoot, you can play. Simple as that. Middleton’s frame and game remind of a guy who is going to be in the NBA for a few years, and with a second-round selection that’s hard to beat, and not slim praise. On top of that, Middleton has yet to turn 21.

Drummond is the biggest coin flip in the draft. He’s the biggest anything in the draft, mixing that massive 7-6 wingspan and dominant potential with a history that suggests he might fritter it all away. That he’ll lure fans in and put together that week or even month of double-double play and engaged defense (because that goes beyond shot-blocking; and the Pistons badly need someone paying attention on the inside with Greg Monroe around) before falling backward. As fans of sound center play, we’re dying for Drummond to work out. We’re hoping he falls closer to Bob Lanier than Reggie Harding. We hope Ben Wallace sticks around for another year to show him how it’s done, before and after practice.

We’ve seen this buildup before, though. Please let the payoff be different this time, Andre Drummond.

(Pistons had to take him, though. Had to.)



  • Jun 29, 20129:55 pm
    by DasMark


    Nothing new to say here. They did have to take him. The risk is worth the reward for Detroit. If they passed, and Drummond became a defensive monster in three years, there would a loss of employment somewhere.

  • Jun 29, 201210:27 pm
    by Vince


    Didn’t know where to put this but just read an article on nba.com, Singler has confirmed his return to the NBA, Dumars confirmed he will be signed on the 11th of July! Looking like a good time to be a Pistons fan. If only we could resign Macklin and amnesty Villanueva, my season would be made.

  • Jun 30, 201212:37 am
    by Dan


    Only one thing left to say in anticipation for some Great moments from Mr Drummond.

  • Jun 30, 20123:13 am
    by Gregoire


    What about signing Greg Oden and letting the Medical staff do their magic? Would be a devastating 3 man Frontcourt-Rotation with Drummond Monroe Oden…

    • Jun 30, 20124:33 am
      by tarsier


      I’ve long been in favor of taking a chance on Oden. But that would be all about money. It is very hard to place which dollar amount Oden becomes the risk–but it gets lower every season. The fit is also now getting less good with Detroit because a) they may now have a great frontcourt and b) they don’t look to be a capped out but terrible anyway team much longer. That is the sort of team that wants to take high risk, high reward moves–because there is really nothing to lose. Now the Pistons have something to lose again.

      • Jun 30, 20125:51 am
        by Gregoire


        Portland payed him 8 MIo, one of the stupiest moves they made for someone who had proved nothing but being injury-prone. There is no reason Oden could ask for more than the Minimum and for that the Pistons should gamble on it…getting him ready to play 20 Minutes a night of the bench…

    • Jun 30, 20128:26 am
      by Tom Y.


      Oden has said he will take a year off to rehab and then try to come back, probably several teams will be checking on him. I hope the pistons will too, though that becomes less important now with Drummond.

    • Jun 30, 201210:08 pm
      by Patrick Hayes


      Tom Y is right. Oden has said he probably won’t look to sign with a team until possibly mid-season. Also, like every free agent in the world right now, there were rumors he’d like to play for the Heat.

  • Jun 30, 20129:18 am
    by Haan


    I felt Andre, and really all five guys on the podium, did quite well at the press conference.  Andre stuck close to a script, but I give him credit for refusing to be baited concerning work ethic and disappoint about going lower than most projected (as I remember he himself predicted anywhere from 2 to 7).

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