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Andre Drummond expected to return to Pistons Friday

Mar 28, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

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Andre Drummond is the most exciting thing about the Pistons this season and is the most intriguing rookie in this class. He might have moved into the Rookie of the Year conversation except for two things:

1) Lawrence Frank inexplicably strangling his minutes so he could play more Jason Maxiell;

2) A stress fracture in his back discovered just before the All-Star break that has had Drummond out for 22 games.

But that could end on Friday, it looks like he will return, reports the Detroit Free Press.

But signs point to a Drummond return. He has been a full participant in practices for nearly two weeks and while he is fully healed, they want to make sure his conditioning is right so he doesn’t suffer another injury.

Don’t be surprised if he starts alongside Greg Monroe, who would move to power forward, although his minutes will gradually increase through the rest of the season.

Drummond and Monroe in the frontcourt is the future, something the Pistons can start to build around. Even if we’re only seeing that for 10 games it’s something the Pistons should do to start building chemistry.

And it would make the Pistons watchable again.

  1. money2long - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    this guy shouldve been a top five pick. the pistons probably hope they found their new ben wallace (with more offensive game).

  2. papacrick - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    About time we hit on a draft pick. We’re better off with a late pick avoiding any Darko like mistakes

  3. camnellum12 - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    I was trying to tell you fools Andre was gonna be a good pro, things just went awry at UCONN. I wonder if Kurt still thinks he’s a bust…

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Did you bother to read the article? I was wrong about him, if he continues on this track he could be the second best player out of this draft (Davis is still going to be the best).

      • camnellum12 - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        Davis? Lillard and Drummond have higher ceilings than him. Before Andre went down, he had more double-doubles than Davis and his PER was way higher, Drummond will probably be better (if his back doesn’t hinder him), he’s the better help defender and he’s one of the best P&R 5′s in the league.

      • money2long - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        davis without question has a higher ceiling than lillard.

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