3. Who’s the Pistons’ most intriguing player?
Feldman: Andre Drummond. Drummond has the athletic tools to become a superstar, and he will determine the Pistons’ ceiling. If he produces for a full season the way he did in limited minutes last season, this could be a championship team in the making. He was that good as a rookie.
Hayes: Andre Drummond. New coach Maurice Cheeks says Drummond will play as many minutes as he can handle. If his per-minute production from last season is sustainable in bigger minutes, he’ll have a Dwight Howard-like impact on the Pistons.
Poulard: Brandon Jennings. It’s tempting to go with Smith, but Jennings’ vow to become more of a playmaker as opposed to a low-percentage shooter is a fascinating change. He struggled at times with the Milwaukee Bucks because of his ill-advised shots, and it will be interesting to see if that happens again in Detroit.
Schmidt: Andre Drummond. It seems like the sky is the limit for a player everyone largely overlooked at this time last year. It’s always an intriguing thing when a player who supposedly lacks motor suddenly finds fuel and makes everyone pay attention.
Thorpe: Brandon Jennings. Who is he? I’m not sure he even knows, but the league, at this point, thinks it knows (and Jennings does not like what they think). If he can elevate his game the way, say, Ty Lawson and Mike Conley did last season, then suddenly Detroit has both the bigs and the point guard to use as a foundation going forward.
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