Andre Drummond showing why he slipped
I would have taken Drummond 2nd overall last year but early in this summer league he is showing why he fell last year. First off he looks out of shape, or looks like a shape. Lazy, walking up the court, extremely late on defensive rotations- and an overall lack of defensive effort, going into double teams and turning the ball over, soft, lazy passing, bad decision making, poor attitude and unprofessionalism (faking a pass to ref and dropping it on the ground, not paying attention to the game and had his backed turn to the game and joking around with Monroe during a game when he wasn't dressed- only summer league but still), and only a few several bursts of energy and flashes of talent here and there. He is still a huge physical specimen and he is still young but he is scaring me with his behavior and playing early this year. I want to see greatness and the best basketball possible so I hope the best for him.
Obviously it is just a few games from the summer league but what do you think? His attitude and everything mentioned above are just screaming Bust to me right now.
It's the summer league, come on now. The only guys trying hard are the ones trying to get signed on a roster. Drummond is chillaxin.
So when Reggie Jackson doesn't try hard he scores 35 points? Interesting..
The difference between being great and just good would be taking every situation, even summer league, seriously. I guarantee a young kobe, tim duncan, kg, chris paul, or even kevin durant a few years back would never be caught out of shape and "chillaxin" if they were playing in the summer league
He's trying to prove he belongs in the rotation. He is behind Westbrook. Come on guys _---_
To be honest, I expected Drummond to completely dominate this summer league. Especially since he's the best big out there.
Imagine Kobe in his first two summer league seasons if he would now be a rookie out of high school. He would score like crazy and would be in top form already.
I really hope he just needs to shake up a bit of rust and we don't have a new enigma coming to Detroit!
his hedges were terrible in the 4th quarter. Give jackson credit too but he had way to many layups
Drummond has yet to turn 20...so while he has physical tools that are extremely rare he is still a major work in progress. Most of the guys he is playing against are older than he is so even though he does have more NBA playing experience than most of the big guys in the summer league he is still a baby as far as basketball experience. He is still super raw and has a ton of stuff to work on. It is also tough for a big guy to dominate in summer league because the guards run the show and are trying to make a name for themselves. I wouldn't be too concerned and I wouldn't expect a giant leap in production from Drummond this year. If he still has no touch and occasionally looks lost when he is 23 or 24 then I would start to worry...
I'm not sure this new coaching staff will do him a lot of favors. Mo Cheeks has already failed as a head coach twice. Sheed is well known for lack of effort and erratic behavior. J-Smoove's attitude isn't exactly the best example either. This could get ugly. He seems more entitled in these games where he's like "i showed what i can do in the league, i don't need this &$#%#&@!". Hope none of this is really the case.
You can say Mo Cheeks has failed twice because he was fired but most coaches in the NBA eventually get fired. I think he did a solid job in Portland and Philly. In Philly he had AI in his last 3 seasons in town and nobody else who made an all star game in their careers beside Iggy (1X all-star) who was in his early years where he was a raw athletic SF and they had a washed up Webber for a year.
He started his career pretty well in Portland winning 49 and 50 games with a team full of pot smoking degenerates...even though they had talent I think he got about as much as you could get out of that group. After a .500 season he had a rough last year in which he was fired 55 games into the season he was immediately hired by the Sixers.
He helped Iggy develop into an 18 point a night scorer and while he never developed a consistent jumpshot he really helped his confidence. He also helped Zach Randolph in a big way who went from 3 ppg and 2 rpg as a rookie to a legit 20 and 10 guy by his third year. He is really a quality guy when it comes to player development which is something he can really excel at in Detroit with all their young talent. I think he was an awesome hire and while he could certainly use help on his in game coaching and strategy he has most likely learned a lot in those aspects being in OKC as an assistant since 2009. The players are going to love him and I think he will lead Detroit to the playoffs in his first year.
I agree with David West 30, c'mon now its summer league. Maybe he was told by the Pistons org. not to put as much effort into these games because maybe they don't want to risk their prized possession being injured. Some of you posters kill me, when he doing good you guys are all on the bandwagon, but the day he didnt play his best, you kick him when he's down. pick a side. As for Reggie Jackson, yea he has to play his butt off due to the fact that nothing guaranteed with him. I agree did play with fatigue because he pretty much played the whole game with few, rest in between and y he was slipping on D was uncharacteristic but I believe he was tired, and thats why he lagged so much in the fourth. Let be honest, if Andre had some rest, half those pick and rolls wouldve be steals or blocks. He def needs to work on conditioning, thats all. Chill man
it's not only relate to effort, also relate to know how to play the game,,, and mister Drummond has no privilege not to be focused and not to give his all, he need to remember he still a project, unproven player at any level.. he does very wrong for himself...
there were some talks about him being future's best bigman in the NBA, right? and now....
it's still 12pts11rebs on a 'bad day' 16rebs 5stls6blks before was something unseen even there..
Detroit should trade him for Rajon Rondo!!! get rid of him fast!