That’s the most important aspect of the season for Drummond: getting off to a solid start. If he does, his confidence is sky high, and his teammates will also be comfortable with him and accept his role on the team.
If Drummond gets off to a slow start, he’ll have doubts about his place on this team and his teammates will wonder whether or not the high expectations for him have been overrated. Much was made of Drummond’s potential last year, but it was pointed out that he was only 19. He’s a year older and a year better, at least the Pistons hope that’s the case.
While the Pistons will expect Drummond to deliver in points, rebounds and blocks, he needs to blend in nicely with the frontcourt lineup, which will also include Greg Monroe and Josh Smith. Those two players also need to produce in a major way, and Drummond has to make sure they’ve got the space to do it. The critics of a Drummond-Monroe-Smith frontcourt say there’s not enough room for each one to operate to their potential. Smith, with his many years of experience, can help make that happen. Drummond needs to be smart while using his athletic abilities, and learn how to help his teammates be a better player and maximize their potential.
If he gets off to a solid start, then Drummond is on his way to a banner season. If he has a slow start, then someone in the Pistons organization has to determine if he’s still the future of the franchise.