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Andre Drummond, Brandon Jennings stand out on intriguing roster

Patrick, J.M. and I participated in a 5-on-5 at ESPN about the Pistons season. A sample:

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.

11 Comments

  • Oct 14, 20132:39 pm
    by Slap Dog Hoops (SDH)

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    I think people are putting too much stock on this Drummond kid.  yes he’s strong and has the athletic tools to be a superstar but so did Tyson Chandler and DeAndre Jordan–and neither of them can really be called a superstar.  Right now he’s living off his athleticism and showing very little of any real post game.  He free throw shooting is atrocious and unless he can show a decent post game, he’ll end up like just another rotation player with hops and nothing else

    • Oct 14, 20133:23 pm
      by Mark

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      Drummond in his rookie put up roughly the same numbers as Chandler did four years into the league, playing 7+ more minutes per game.  I see your point but there is reason for optimism with this kid.  He is something special in the works.  I agree that last year he relied on his athleticism but you could tell in summer league that he is discovering just how strong he really is

    • Oct 14, 20133:26 pm
      by tarsier

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      Rookie Jordan:
      4.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.1 bpg, 14.1 PER, 1.3 WS

      Rookie Chandler:
      6.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 13.0 PER, 1.8 WS

      Rookie Drummond:
      7.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 21.6 PER, 4.5 WS

      Yeah, so far, Drummond has blown those guys’ production out of the water. 

      • Oct 15, 20133:27 am
        by Some Dude

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        He actually has better per36 numbers than a rookie Howard as well.

        • Oct 15, 201310:35 am
          by tarsier

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          Sure, I was just comparing to the guys Slap Dog deemed to be Drummond’s peers.

    • Oct 15, 20139:37 am
      by swish22

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      Your glass is bottoming out dude.  Certainly a few things to not like going forward(CV, Stuck) but, this team is heading in the right direction for the first time in a while and Andre is the real reason and the real deal!!!   I’m very excited about most everything that’s going on.  Go Stones!!

  • Oct 14, 20132:49 pm
    by @Blog_Pitons

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    En respuesta al comentario anterior, Drummond ha mejorado los TL lleva 9/12 en la pretemporada, y en 23 minutos de media promedia 17 puntos 8,6 rebotes, además se le ha visto posteando en un par de veces y creando desajustes defensivos, con lo cuál creo que ha mejorado mucho respecto del año pasado.

    • Oct 14, 20139:39 pm
      by MrHappyMushroom

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      Entiendo casi todo!  Seguro que estoy totalmente de acuerdo!

  • Oct 14, 20132:50 pm
    by Normal2

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    But what if he can shw a real post game, have decent free thow shooting along with his athleticism and hops..then he’d be nothing else but a superstar.  It could go either way with him i think.

  • Oct 14, 20133:23 pm
    by Derek AKA Redeemed

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    Deandre Jordan never rebounded the ball like Drummond has thus far.  In fact he has regressed since he signed his big contract. 

    Chandler let is over a decade in the league and is now trying to develop a shot other than a dunk.  Still I love his helpside defense. 

    Drummond is raw, but he has tremendous upside. He has the lateral quickness to cover guards on the perimeter. He has the explosiveness to protect the basket. He  is currently shooting a right and left handed hook.  Drummond has only scratched the surface of what he will be one day. 

  • Oct 14, 20138:04 pm
    by Desolation Row

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    All of them. What does Stuckey look like if this turns out to be a good team and he finds himself in a role similar to where he was in 2008? Josh Smith is the highest profile signing on the team. Can Greg Monroe become a Pau Gasol-type with the right talent around him / has he developed a midrange game? Will Jennings actually be a playmaker? Drummond… enough said. 

    Can’t wait for this season to start! 

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