It most definitely will be Andre Drummond for one reason: The Pistons are counting on it. If Drummond is not the most improved player for the Pistons this season, then they’re in for some trouble.
The team brought him along slowly in his rookie season while touting him as the cornerstone of the franchise. They declared him as their starting center and they’ll definitely need Drummond to pick up his numbers significantly from a year ago.
He appeared in 60 games this past season. That needs to be at least 70 games or more preferably from 75-to-82 this year. His minutes per game was 20.7. It needs to be closer to 30 this season. The Pistons will look for Drummond to average double figures in scoring and rebounding. He averaged 7.9 points and 7.6 rebounds a game in 2012-13. His shot blocks should be closer to 2.0 per game, as well.
Drummond doesn’t really need to improve his 60.8 field goal shooting percentage, but he does need to put up more shots. His 37.2 percent free-throw shooting percentage obviously isn’t acceptable either. Anything about 40 percent would be improvement, although 60 percent or higher would be more preferable, obviously.
The key for Drummond will be figuring out an effective way to work inside with Greg Monroe and Josh Smith to spark the Pistons’ inside game.
An improved Andre Drummond will mean an improved Detroit Pistons team overall. All indications are that it’s going to happen on both counts this season.