Trans. May 13 4:20 ET (May 13 4:20 ET ) Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond was one of the most impressive rookies in the NBA this season, a dynamic force who managed many impressive stat lines despite playing only 20.7 minutes per game. His per-36-minute averages of 13.8 ppg, 13.2 rpg, and 2.8 bpg suggest a player who could eventually turn into one of the most impactful interior players in the league. There are good reasons to be bullish about his future.
On the other hand, Drummond can look exceedingly raw, like a player who gets by on his athleticism and intuition rather than his refined sense of the game. Drummond must recognize this issue, because he has hired a pretty famous coach to instruct him on the finer points of his position. From Perry A. Farrell for the Detroit Free Press :
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Andre Drummond scored a career-high 29 points and the Detroit Pistons won a second straight game for the first time in two months with a 111-104 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
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C : Detroit Free Press . After 22 games on the shelf with a stress fracture in his lower back, Detroit Pistons rookie center Andre Drummond will be in the lineup tonight when Lawrence Frank's team takes on the Toronto Raptors ... and not only that, he'll be making his first career NBA start, too. Get excited, y'all.
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