Don’t expect the Detroit Pistons and first-round draft pick Andre Drummond to be shooting too many 3-pointers this NBA season. But for now, coach Lawrence Frank’s team has indicated it can hold its own from regular field goal range,
The Pistons opened their preseason Tuesday night with a 101-99 victory over the Toronto Raptors, shooting a respectable 41-of-81 from the floor for 51 percent. Drummond was very impressive in 22:37 of action, hitting 6-of-8 shots for 12 points. Fortunately, he didn’t try a 3-pointer. The Pistons were 0-of-13 in 3-point tries.
Drummond also crashed the boards effectively for seven rebounds.
He also had no turnovers and Detroit will gladly take contributions like that from him in every game.
Otherwise, there wasn’t too much for the Pistons to be ecstatic about although Brandon Knight did put in a good floor game with 10 points and six assists and only two turnovers. Rodney Stuckey only shot five times but did get to the free-throw line six times and was perfect. Knight and Stuckey were 10-of-10 from the stripe, but the Pistons were still 19-of-27 in free-throw shooting for 70 percent and their big players struggled from the stripe.
Charlie Villanueva struggled from the foul-line at 1-of-4. He struggled from the floor at 3-of-12. It’s only the team’s first preseason game but that’s hardly an encouraging start for a player who has been a disappointment since the Pistons signed him as an expensive free agent four seasons ago.
Greg Monroe somehow came up with good numbers with 17 points and 10 rebounds despite a sub-par shooting performance. He was 7-of-16 and Frank is going to have to get better shooting from his inside talent. Monroe also had four turnovers. That’s why Drummond’s performance was encouraging. He also had two steals and no turnovers.