The Detroit Pistons have an athletic, young center named Andre Drummond who has been having a breakout season, averaging 12.6 points per game and 12.6 rebounds per contest; he has been compared by some to Dwight Howard in terms of athleticism and defensive presence. While his offensive game isn’t quite fine-tuned yet, he certainly can, in my opinion, be the next Howard. Tonight, he backed up my point of view and had 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting, to go along with a whopping 20 rebounds, including an impressive 10 offensive boards.
This was really a tale of two halves. The New Orleans Pelicans were leading 54-48 at halftime, in a very even effort from both teams in the first half.
However, the Pistons outscored the Pelicans 32-17 in the third quarter and got out to an immediate advantage. But the Pelicans flip-flopped that outcome and outscored the Pistons 32-21 in the fourth.
Both of these teams won’t have successful seasons this year, but looking forward, they both have pieces to build around. The youngsters on the Pelicans performed well, as Anthony Davis had 14 points and eight rebounds, Eric Gordon had 15 points, and Austin Rivers had 15. Brandon Jennings had 28 points, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 14.
Looking at these two rosters, it seems that the Pistons have the most talent. With the tandem of Greg Monroe and Drummond down on the block, they can play with any team. However, a lack of talent, consistency and depth at the 2-guard and small forward positions is hurting them. Maybe they will be able to pick up a nice solution in the 2014 NBA Draft. I hear there are a few good players who will be entering the league this summer.