Is it time for Andre Drummond to start for the Detroit Pistons?
Coach Lawrence Frank has nothing to lose for a 7-20 Pistons team that is obviously going nowhere in the NBA.
Despite the team’s problems, Frank seems very hesitant to make dramatic changes in his lineup. But he should put Drummond there and keep him
After all, he’s done it with another rookie, Kyle Singler. He might as well try it with Drummond.
In a recent loss to the Indiana Pacers, Drummond sparked a huge team third quarter, making one wonder where he was earlier in the game.
“That’s what I bring to the team: effort and energy. I rebound the ball and try to get my team going,” Drummond said.
Indiana pulled it out in the last eight minutes against the Pistons for a victory. That’s what many teams have been doing against the Pistons in recent games.
“It came out to be a grind game in the last eight minutes, and they did what they do best. They win grind games. They’re a great team and David West hit a lot of tough shots. It was a learning game for us today,” Drummond said.
Granted, the Pistons have had a heavy schedule like four games in five nights occasionally. But so do other teams and the Pistons eventually need to develop the proper stamina if they are to ever again be an elite team in the NBA
“We can’t use fatigue as an excuse because every team does the same thing. It just got the best of us today,” Drummond said.
Monday, in an 88-78 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Drummond played almost 20 minutes and scored seven points while pulling down six rebounds.
Drummond has seen action in all 27 Pistons games but has no starts. It’s time, Lawrence Frank, for that to change. You’ve got nothing to lose.