What is the No. 1 thing Andre Drummond can do to step up and help the Pistons make the playoffs?
Anchor the defense
Drummond displayed an incredible proclivity for blocking shots last season, but like any rookie, his defensive rotations were sometimes off. If Drummond can transform from a players whose blocks are merely helpful into a player who can be counted upon to help and defend the rim, the Pistons can run Maurice Cheeks’ desired aggressive defense in front of him
Don’t let the pressure of grander expectations change his style
Along with being really talented, Drummond is a joy to watch. His two best skills – dunking and blocking shots – just happen to be arguably the two most exciting plays in basketball. Drummond seems fun-loving, and he’s been motivated since he entered the league. Even when he makes head-scratchingly bad play plays (as he does on occasion), they’re usually at least entertaining. This team hasn’t been good for a while and hasn’t had an individual prospect as exciting as Drummond since Grant Hill. Fans, media, coaches and teammates are going to expect more out of him than when he was a just happy to be here rookie, and hopefully, the weight of those expectations don’t change the all-out way he plays.
Improve defensive rotations
If you watched closely last season, you could see Drummond looking lost defensively. Often, Drummond made up for his errors later in the possession, but sometimes it created problems. If the budding star can improve to a high-quality defender this year, he will be a scary, scary player. Most say he should work on his free throws, but defense is probably more important to his game right now.
Don’t shy from the moment
Part of the disappointment in Drummond’s season at Connecticut was his apathy in regards to being dominant. He should have dominated the Big East, but instead, he was content being a follower on a mediocre, Jeremy Lamb-led team. Drummond can’t take a back seat to anyone this year. He must embrace a larger role and play well because, really, he’s the lynchpin to this entire Pistons team succeeding.
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