Detroit Pistons Smiling Over Combination Of Andre Drummond And Greg Monroe

By John Raffel
Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The great experiment by Detroit Pistons Lawrence Frank seems to be working.

The experiment has been moving center Greg Monroe around to play with promising rookie and power forward Andre Drummond, who has also taken a spot underneath to give the Pistons a dynamic one-two punch inside.

In Friday’s NBA preseason 104-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, Monroe had 16 points. But Drummond was equally as impressive with 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. It was originally thought they would both play better at separate times on the court. But they have both proven otherwise so far.

“We play well together,” Monroe said. “As we get more comfortable playing with each other I think we will make a good pair. There are some things I have to work on because the coverage changes when you are playing power forward.”

Detroit forward Jason Maxiell has also been impressed with how well  Monroe and Drummond are playing together and complementing each other.

“It was good. It’s something Greg will have to get used to playing the four, but it’ll work out.” Maxiell said

Frank can’t wait to see how Drummond performs during an 82-game season.

“The great thing about Andre, why we have such huge faith in what he’s going to be, is that he’s a phenomenal young man,” Frank said. “He’s as coachable of a guy as we have. So anything that he struggles with, we have unbelievable faith that he’s going to get it, because of the strength of his character.”

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