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Detroit Pistons rookie center Andre Drummond is off to a fantastic start and looks like a cornerstone for the organization. A future front line of Greg Monroe and Drummond has to have Pistons fans excited about the direction that the organization is going. Drummond has an interesting background. He reclassified a year earlier in high school and made a surprising commitment to Jim Calhoun and the Connecticut Huskies. He declared for the draft after his freshman season and the Pistons picked him solely on promise as he did not produce the greatest stats during his one season in Storrs.
Drummond is currently averaging seven points and seven rebounds on the season and has been extremely consistent during the year. Over his last ten games he is averaging eight points and nine rebounds per game and is shooting almost 60% from the floor over the month of December. Those are very impressive numbers for a rookie big man, especially for a guy who plays in a very complex defensive system for head coach Lawrence Frank. Frank has always been a defensive minded coach and asks a lot out of his players on the defensive end.
Drummond figures to have a promising career that is only just getting started. He looks to be on a trajectory similar to current Sacramento Kings forward Demarcus Cousins. There appears to be no reason why in three or four years Drummond couldn’t be close to a 20 and 10 guy and be one of the best big men in the NBA. He is only scratching the surface and with more improvements in his game he could become one of the best big men in the league in the not too distant future.