It’s the Andre Drummond the Detroit Pistons want to see every game. Maybe that’s getting a little too greedy because Drummond has had a good season so far without the type of numbers he reached in Sunday’s 115-100 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Drummond, in only his second NBA season, has been at 13.2 points and 12.1 rebounds a game. Both numbers are rather impressive. The Pistons wouldn’t mind seeing the points number go up. That’s what they got against the Sixers in fine fashion and that’s what they need to see every game.
Drummond played for nearly 33 minutes and was 12-of-15 from the floor, but a disappointing 7-of-18 from the free-throw line for 31 points and 19 rebounds, but two blocked shots and a stunning six steals.
Drummond’s improved defensive play is making him an even more dangerous overall player.
His free-throw shooting percentage has to improve so teams aren’t tempted to foul him all the time late in a tight game. That’s the best way of defending Drummond unless he shoots a better percentage.
But he’s slowly becoming the dominant type of court presence the Pistons need and want. They’re at 7-10, which isn’t where they’d like to be if they’re to make the playoffs. But it’s certainly better than where they’ve been in the past few seasons. The potential is there for more success, especially if Drummond keeps going to the basket the way he needs to on a regular basis. The Pistons did an excellent job of getting Drummond the ball and need to keep it up, especially considering the high shooting percentage he’s had.