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Andre Drummond should study Blake Griffin

Every year, David Thorpe of ESPN gives rookies an NBA player to study. This year, Thorpe assigned Blake Griffin to Andre Drummond:

One reason why Drummond slipped in the draft was because of concerns over his motor. Now we know it wasn’t a motor issue. The problem was he didn’t know just how athletically talented he is. Enter Griffin, who tries to destroy defenders (and rims) at every opportunity.

Drummond is built differently than Griffin but can still take the same approach, exploding and racing everywhere and therefore making plays few others can consistently make — including Griffin, which tells you how special Drummond can be.

It is also important to note that Griffin is one of the NBA’s top "bucket getters" despite not being particularly advanced with his low-post game — he just beasts guys to the rim. Drummond, in consistent beast mode, would be a spectacular player.

At some point, I’d like Drummond to study the relentless defense of someone like Noah, but that’s probably an advance course. Using Prof. Griffin in Intro to Dunking Everything sounds like a good start for Drummond.


  • Apr 12, 20135:08 pm
    by CNA5


    Personally, I think he should watch some tape of Ben Wallace circa 2004.  If anyone has the physical abilities to meet and potentially surpass Wallace defensivley, it’s Drummond.

    • Apr 12, 20135:50 pm
      by Huddy


      Ben Wallace is as good an idea as any great post defender but their games will be different.  Ben had to adapt to being shorter than most at his position and didn’t have an offensive game.  Blake is a good example because he uses athleticism to succeed without post moves.  this is going to be key to Drummond succeeding immediately as he learns post moves that take a long time to polish, doing that will let his game evolve thorough the years.

      This same author suggests Monroe studied Duncan, which is perfect because he is able to play the PF despite limited athleticism.  Monroe could really succeed by growing his awareness more than anything. 

  • Apr 12, 20135:54 pm
    by Mark


    lol, I definitely want to see Dre attend the DEU (Dunk Everything University)

  • Apr 12, 20135:57 pm
    by Mark


    Griffin is a good example, but I’d like to see him study Shaq and learn how to use size his to just back players down and dunk on them. 

    The dunks off athleticism are great too, but if he can learn to catch the ball deep in the post and just turn around and dunk like Shaq did, he will be unstoppable.

    • Apr 12, 201311:51 pm
      by Jay


      I thought that would have been a better comparison. Unfortunately that Shaq retired about 3-4 seasons before Old Shaq did.

  • Apr 12, 20136:52 pm


    David Thorpe said that Drummond should pattern his game after Blake Griffin, and i was soo ready to disagree.
    then he said, its because Blake Griffin plays the game like he is a hammer, and the rest of the league are nails, especially when he explodes to the rim; then I could not agree more with that thinking.
    So I decided to do my own for the 22 and younger group
    Monroe should study Tim Duncan – Monroe will never be the dominate player duncan was on both sides of the floor: What he can learn from Timmy: is Even though Timmy is limited in athletic ability he has a varitey of ways to score, and he is ALWAYS,ALWAYS, ALWAYS decisive.
    Brandon Knight should Study James Harden - Hate or love BK everyone know he competes: what he can learn from Harden is getting to the FT line. Knight has alot of good things and bad thing about his game, but the one that I hate the most is 3.0 FT’s …
    Klye Singler should Study Shane Battier – kyle is The Pistons Mr. Fundamental; what he can learn from Battier is Maximize your fundamental skills turn it into a reliable art form that makes you the glue guy
    Kris Middleton should study Jimmy Butler  - Kris has come on late in the season, what he can learn from Butler is take advantage of the time given during the season, and in the off season train like you are going to start next season
    Kim English(i know he is older than 22) should study James Jones - I like English we all like kim. But what he can learn: Is be a specialist Jones use to try to do too much as a Pacers. Master your shot in the NBA and you will be around for along time, you dont need to try to be more than what you are
    Drummond should study Nikola Pekovic – We all know Drummond is a freak athlete, does thing that 6’11 270 players shouldnt do, and cant do. What he can learn From Nikola is to be Physically imtimidating, Drummond needs to become the guy no one want to match up against.

  • Apr 12, 20137:26 pm
    by Jay


    As long as he doesn’t study Javale McGee well be good

  • Apr 12, 20138:08 pm
    by Blocks by Dre (Burke for the win!!)


    Dre should study Ray Allen!

  • Apr 13, 201310:09 am
    by Gabe


    I think Andre should study Amare on the offense end, bc they have similar body type, skill and athleticism, hes longer than Blake Grifiin, and a way better defender, and his defense game is already better than Amare as a Rookie, he should study B.Wallace, Deandre jordan and Alonzo on tape for D

    If Brandon KNight wants to be our point guard of the future he should study tony parker, or Jrue Holiday, they have very similar skills and abilities, if Brandon can delveop that floater off the cross over and learn to pass bettter  and play D he could become a major threat like a tony parker type of way, but he has the athleticism of Jrue holiday

    Monroe already been said and should study Tim Duncan, i totally agree no doubt but also he should look how LaMarcus Aldridge plays as well  

    Kyle singler is basically Mike dunleavy Jr and cant really elaborate on his game bc he wont be starting next year

    Oladipo would fit perfect with the pistons, joe dumars type of player elite defender in the NBA, a little undersized shooting with ability to drive, cut and throw it down with his amazing athleticism 

  • Apr 13, 20132:36 pm
    by Delray313


    Hell no Drummond is Shaq good period get down low and stay down low and punish the rim every time and your defender. I like Blake but he is selling him self short watching blake go for the gusto Shaq and Dwight maybe. With that said if Drummond can dribble like Blake ok im on board but right now Shaq he has that much talent.

  • Apr 16, 20136:41 pm
    by alex


    andre should go to akeems school and learn his dropstep pump fake post moves that he used on david robinson back in theday. let ben tutor him on defense. and no one will be able to handle him.

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