Drummond’s gotta play for three reasons. First and foremost, he has talent to size and size to flaunt, with the ability to rebound and protect the rim that comes with standing 6-foot-10 and 270 pounds. In practices and scrimmages so far, Drummond has impressed Detroit coaches and players with his aggressiveness and eagerness to learn.
Another reason Drummond needs to play is, whatever concerns scouts had about his weight coming into the league, sitting on the side isn’t going to help. After a summer of hard work, the rookie needs to maintain his body and that means game shape, not pedaling a stationary bike after a bunch of CD-DNPs.
Third, the more Drummond plays — along with import Slava Kravtsov — the sooner Frank and the Pistons can get on with Greg Monroe’s full-time shift to power forward. The 6-11 Georgetown product has a knack for smart passing that could make him the focal point of Frank’s offense, especially if he’s able to operate more from the high post.
Just a note, you might want to skip over the intro of that column where the inevitable Drummond-Darko comparison comes into play. But other than that, it’s another great indicator of how much excitement nationally Drummond has created for this team. The Pistons have not received this much preseason attention in a long time, and they should be thankful every day that Drummond both fell to them and came in as committed as he appears to be off the bat.
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