If he has not convinced people of his excellent potential yet, then it shouldn’t be too much longer. Drummond still has plenty of maturity and developing to do as a professional player, but as he showed on Friday night in Detroit’s 97-90 win over the Sacramento Kings, he is starting to emerge as a dominant player.
He played for more than 36 minutes against the Kings and was 7-of-13 from the floor for 15 points, 18 rebounds and two steals. His dominance on the boards is looking very intimidating to the opposition. In the team’s first seven games, Drummond averaged 11.6 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
He continues to shoot well from the floor at 66.7 percent, although his dreaded free-throw shooting needs to improve. His shooting percentage against the Kings was a little off from what it’s been most of the season so far. Drummond has made good decisions with the basketball and continues to show that he’s very smart once he has the ball in his hands. He’s playing well underneath with teammate Greg Monroe.
At 3-5, the Pistons started a little slower than they would have liked. But, they have at least one win on the west coast, which is saying a lot compared to previous seasons. As well as he has played, Drummond needs to get better, push his numbers up and stay consistent. If he does that, the Pistons are going to make more noise throughout the season.