As expected when ESPN released its top 25 under 25, Andre Drummond made the “Next 10” list, ranking 29th overall. Amin Elhassan:
This might be a little high for a rookie, but Drummond is a player I’ve scouted since high school and always felt would be a game-changer in the pro game, where he has more space to operate. An elite rebounder on both ends of the floor (offensive rebounding percentage: 16.4; defensive rebounding percentage: 25.7), Drummond combines tremendous size and length with once-in-a-generation athletic ability, including a great "second jump" and excellent reaction time.
Offensively, he is a "go get it" player, meaning his elite catching ability combined with his length and springs allow him to convert bad passes into high-percentage shots (0.687 FG% at the rim). This agility and athleticism also allow him to be a terror on the defensive end, able to protect the rim, guard in the post and show and recover on pick-and-roll coverages. The most underrated aspect of his still-developing game is his passing ability, although the numbers don’t bear it out at this time.
That puts Drummond third among rookies, trailing only Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard. Not bad for someone the Pistons drafted ninth overall.
And it’s interesting Elhassan notes Drummond’s passing ability, a skill not typically recognized. Drummond often shoots immediately after receiving the ball – because his offensive game is based on lobs and putbacks – so there are few opportunities for him to get assists. But every once in a while, he delivers excellent-for-a-big-man passes, which are hopefully a sign of things to come.
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