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Video: (Extremely) Early returns on Andre Drummond very promising

Oct 14, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

Detroit Pistons v Milwaukee Bucks

I hammered Andre Drummond‘s draft prospects. Physically he was incredibly gifted. But we’ve seen so many talented athletic big men flame out because of the mental game, and that part was of massive concern. Not just from media, but scouts, draft experts, the works. He was worth the risk for the right team. But none of the teams really seemed to be in a position to make that gamble, not even Detroit. It wasn’t that I thought Drummond would bust out, that he was worthless. It was that the concerns with him outweighted the chances of production, short and long-term.

It’s preseason. That’s what I keep telling myself. Over and over again. Because in preseason, Drummond has looked fantastic. Observe:

Greg Monroe has said this week that mentally he has a long way to go. And defensive rotations are going to be pivotal for Detroit, because they’re not loaded with offensive weapons. But his timing has been good, his ball-handling has been good, his tenacity has been good, and most notably, his focus has been good.

We’re a long way from there. But for all the useless knowledge to come out of preseason, it’s worth looking at the fact that Drummond is looking much better than a lot of people, myself included, thought he would, especially this early.

  1. libertynchurch - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Always liked this pick. He is only 19, and his physical gifts are things that cant be coached-up. I, for one, never had any doubts about his work ethic. Second generation Carribean from a work-happy family? I know that scene, firsthand. All of the teams who passed up on this kid because they doubted his work ethic need to re-evaluate their scouting teams. Mom and Dad probably worked four or five jobs to get that house that they showed in the draft day video. There is no way in hell that this kid is gonna be a lazy pro. Can he get big-headed, fall in with a fast crowd, react poorly to certain styles of management? Yes he can. Will he recognize his opportunity and work his ass off? Yes he will!

  2. jmclarkent - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    If Drummond and Monroe can grow, that could be a scary front court.

    • jmclarkent - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      *Grow as players. Both are plenty tall.

  3. camnellum12 - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    You thought Drummond would be a bust? He was projected to be the top pick for months until he and UCONN began to disappoint the country. He did have lacking numbers for his entire year at Connecticut, but I bet most people don’t know that he came to UCONN at the very last minute (a player sacrificed his scholarship for Andre) and never adjusted with the team’s offense, he looked lost all season. Lamb and Napier were selfish players, and Jim Calhoun wasn’t there half the time, due to his own injuries. Drummond may have had the highest ceiling in the draft. I know I’m gonna get “you must be his agent”, but he got stigmatized due to poor team chemistry.

    • mlblogsbig3bosox - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      Yeah you’re right but again, it’s just preseason.

      • camnellum12 - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:14 PM

        I know, it’s very VERY early, but 19 and 11 is nice in 26 minutes of pre-season play. Let’s see how fast he gets in the starting lineup.

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