Detroit Pistons fans continue to say Andre Drummond is the foundation for this franchise to have future championship success.
That might be so, but all Drummond cares about is seeing the Pistons win more games.
The team’s first-round draft pick a year ago continues to show promise, especially with his awesome play underneath and his impressive strength. He’s still not a starter which seems to indicate Pistons coach Lawrence Frank isn’t fully comfortable putting him in the starting lineup.
But Drummond had a strong night Friday in a 103-87 NBA victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. He had eight points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. He was 4-of-7 from the floor while putting in 17 quality minutes.
“We struggled on the offensive and defensive end in the first half. In the third quarter, we came out a whole new team, played with some hard energy, picked the score up, came out with a great win,” Drummond said. “At the start of the season when things wouldn’t go our way, we got down on ourselves. We know what we need to do now. We fight and compete every day. When good things happen, we’re excited, knowing we’ve worked hard to get to this point.”
The fact that the Pistons have won seven of their last nine games doesn’t surprise Drummond. He also wouldn’t be surprised if it continues.
“We are finding our roles, and we know what we need to do to win,” he said. “We all have the heart and desire. Just give it 100 percent every day.”