The Detroit Pistons have a ton of talent in their frontcourt heading into the 2013-2014 NBA season. Greg Monroe has the potential to be an above-average big man in this league and will only continue to develop. The Pistons also added the greatly talented Josh Smith to their roster this off-season to go along with Jonas Jerebko, Charlie Villanueva and rookie Tony Mitchell.
The most exciting piece of the Pistons’ frontcourt, though, is undoubtedly second-year center Andre Drummond. Drummond fell to the Pistons in the 2012 NBA Draft because of questions about his character and work-ethic, but he quickly put all of those questions and doubts to rest in his rookie season.
Though injuries slowed Drummond down last year, he was incredibly effective when he was on the floor. In the 60 games that he played he averaged 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, one steal and 1.6 blocks in just 20.7 minutes per game while shooting a solid 60.8 percent from the floor.
Drummond really only had two big limitations in his rookie season. One of those was the minutes limits the Pistons placed on him so that he could recover from his injury and so that he could be eased into the NBA game. The other thing that held him back was his horrendous free-throw shooting, hitting on only 37.1 percent of his attempts from the stripe.
At the Orlando Summer League this year, Drummond showed off how enormously talented he is, though. In four games he averaged 15.5 points, 14.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.5 steals and two blocks per game on 51.9 percent shooting. The only drawbacks were his five turnovers per game and that he only hit 33.3 percent of his free-throws.
Though the frontcourt in Detroit is going to be crowded this season, it’s pivotal that the Pistons keep Drummond heavily involved. They need to continue to focus on his development, but also need to increase his minutes and role. He’s entirely too talented and has too much potential to not make that happen. Drummond is the future of this Pistons team and we need to see plenty of him this year.