Silently this guy seems to be doing interesting things. It seems he has the will to improve. he must work on his post game and of course must dramatically improve in free throws ... but rebounds and blocked shots do not seem to be a problem and he also showed something interesting with the ball in his hands. I hope he will work hardly in summer. This way i think he could be the top C, or one of the best 3, in 2-3 years.
Andre can be as good as he wants to be, he just loses interests in games and his confidence is shaky, plus he earned a reputation in college for being to nice; he's been the steal of the draft IMO, lets hope none of his mental issues stop him from reaching his monster ceiling.
he is quickly becoming my one of the very favourite player..
i mean it's not like he can rebound and defend but at such a young age with such a questionable college year he is sick..
and most importantly he looks consistent(what was the last thing you would say about Andre last year) it's like 15games steak when you give him 15-18mins he gets you 6-9rebs 1-2blks and offensivelly a few dunks/putbacks give him 20-25min and hear you have a double-double plus 2-4blks and even 1-2stls and maybe you would see his flashes of brilliance even offensivelly with a little or some quick moves in the post showing how light he is on his feet carrying that huge 280pound body..
like a last game 11rebs 4blks in 17minutes..are you kidding me? that's the same kid who could have been freshman..
i see a STAR
There aren't many teams that can match him physically, it's extraordinary when you consider his tender age. He's playing with a lot more passion this season too, I didn't see great deal of him at UCONN but he was slated by many scouting websites for his lack of fire and passion. At this point he's no more than a tip-in and dunk artist on offense and a rebounder and shot disturber on the other end, the more losses the Pistons record the more involvement he'll receive.
Physical attributes aside, there isn't much more to his game at this point, he stinks up his attractive looking stat average with a 0.397%FT, his post moves aren't consistent enough and his fundamentals are passive at best. He and the Pistons have alot of work ahead of them in order to ensure that he becomes what he's expected to be, emphasis on fundamentals because he has the physical gifts but he needs a solid foundation to work on to really improve. The combination of athleticism and a firm grasp of the game will make him a top 3 center easily in the next four years.
he is goin to be a double double machine!! Would be one right now if he got the minutes...
He came into the league at the right time, where centers are faster, skinnier, and more agile, as opposed to just plain huge, in the mold of a tyson chandler, joakim noah, KG, dwight, and potentially nerlens noel. Drummond, for a center, is really fast, really agile, and incredibly athletic. I see a bright future.
He is deffinately showing a lot of the qualities he was supposed to in a verry positive way. My main hope here is he actually puts in the time needed to become a true star - especially learning to hit a free throw.
I want him to work with Shaq on his post spin "Black Tornado" you guys all remember that? It would be an excellent and simple move but really effective given his quick feet and mobility. Man this Pistons team is stealing players every year.
I agree 100% if he learned that move...he would be hard to guard. When shaq done that move it was virtually ungaurable...I hope in time drummond adds that to his skills set. and get a pass first point guard to his transition more easier.
BM you are right..
i mean Monroe selected 7th after Udoh, Wes-Johnson future allstar , now Andre only 9th and it may be too early but so far he clearly looks like top3 worth..even Knight at 8th was nice pick he develops into a good player..
for a full package of youth I would like to see Goodwin selected in 7th-10th range lol..he really has that steal of the draft potential and his playmaking and ball-handling fits very well next to scoring point in Knight
That was high school and college, this different. This is the league. it seems he was just bored with the competition because he has been engaged in every possesion of every game and it shows. His energy level is superb. And i dont know what you're talking about confidence wise. Maybe with his FT's or defering to his teammates but he's a rookie with a lot of chuckers. That's what is impressive about his LEAGUE LEADING offensive rebound rate. He has shown a little swag to his game and i love it. I claimed in a few years, it would be between him and Big Cuz as top C in the league and got negged for it. It's lookin better by the game.
it's between him and Cousins i believe , when Dwight will be in 30s'
Drumond's per 36 minute stats: 13 points on nearly 60% FG%, 13.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 3 blocks. And he is only fouling 3.6, which is crazy low for a rookie center.
Guys, he has completely taken his game to another level. He didn't score like this in college, he certainly didn't rebound like this in college (at 7.6 per game he was kind of meh at the rebounding). I think he finally cares. High school was a waste of time because the talent couldn't match him. College was pure exploitation since he obviously had the body and ability to go pro right out of high school. So he kind of phoned it in.
But based on what he is doing in the NBA, he is basically already a top 10 center in the league.
Now the talk about him learning post moves and stuff to "become the player he can be". I have no idea what more you want from your center than dominating rebounding, blocking and not fouling. Could you want more scoring? Sure, it would be nice to have a center who can do all Center stuff and also score 20 efficient points per game. But seriously, that isn't going to happen with Drumond. It comes back to the FT%. If he can't hit FTs with no one guarding him, then he is never going to hit jumpers in games. And if you can't hit jumpers, then there is a pretty limited amount of post moves and stuff that you can do. No one will bite on your fakes, you can't spin and fall away from the double team to get the shot off, etc. And unless he gets the FTs up, teams will intentionally foul in any close game down the stretch. Hack a Shaq strategies have a poor history of working. But the players like Shaq and Howard are 50%+ FT shooters. 50% gets you one point per trip (and a shot at rebounding a second miss). That is decent offensive production. But a 40% FT shooter is going to be worse and generally that will be less production than the average NBA team (which generally score about 1 point per possession).
If the Pistons ever start playing him 30 minutes per night, it is going to open up a lot of people's eyes. But I don't ever see him as someone you run your offense through. But who cares, Centers can still dominate without that.