Andre Drummond's Summer Play Gives Detroit Pistons Reasons For Being Excited

By John Raffel
Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons left the Orlando Summer Basketball League with plenty of reasons to smile.

No. 1 on the list for reasons to smile was Andre Drummond.

It’s his sophomore NBA season, and Drummond continues to show signs of greatness. The Pistons are hoping for a healthy season from him which could mean enough production to make this a playoff team.

During the Pistons’ stay in Orlando, Drummond averaged 15.5 points and 14.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.5 steals. He played 24 minutes in a game against the Miami Heat and was 6-of-7 shooting for 15 points, 14 boards and two steals.

That gives further indication that Drummond can dominate the inside like no one else has in a long-time for the Pistons. He can help this team go toe-to-toe with some of the best in the league.

But he’s not in the clear by any means and there’s more aspects of his game that need to improve in a major way. He averaged five turnovers a game. Ouch. But he played different roles which he probably won’t during the season.

The Pistons liked what they saw of Drummond last season as a rookie and plan on expanding his minutes as a probable starter this year. With Greg Monroe and Josh Smith alongside him, Drummond could develop into an NBA All-Star within a few years, if not sooner. But it’s up to him to fulfill these lofty expectations. If Drummond can provide this type of production regularly, then the Pistons will surely be a team that can make some noise in the playoff chase this season.

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