The Andre Drummond-JaVale McGee comparisons have begun


There’s no doubt that over the past few seasons, Flint, Mich., native JaVale McGee has been one of the most entertaining players in the league. Between his insane athleticism, his occasional spaciness on the court, the antics of his mother (a basketball legend in her own right, especially in Flint) and his amazing Twitter account, McGee is never boring.

But, according to many reports out of Denver, he’s also maturing. The writers at ESPN’s Grantland decided the NBA needs a new posterchild for silliness who brings some of the qualities McGee did over the years and, wouldn’t you know, the Pistons entertaining rookie Andre Drummond was among their possibilities, nominated by Juliet Litman:

Andre Drummond

There are three reasons why you should keep an eye on Andre Drummond.

1. He’s a font of advice.

Don’t wife her cause she’s a trophy, see thru the looks of it cause what’s a trophy with out a trophy case! #SmallThingsMatterTheMost— Andre Drummond (@DRE_DRUMMOND_) October 19, 2012

2. He believes in the power of social media to connect people.

What’s good bro @hoya2apacer— Andre Drummond (@DRE_DRUMMOND_) October 21, 2012

Note: Roy Hibbert took a minute to respond before returning to promotion of his“Gangnam Style” flash mob video.

3. He has just the right amount of self-awareness.

As I walk out of Walmart I pass this Asian family , an the youngest boy goes mom dad look its Godzilla— Andre Drummond (@DRE_DRUMMOND_) October 20, 2012

By the end of the season, I think we’ll see Andre Drummond following in his idol Roy Hibbert’s footsteps. He’ll have a music video of his own — maybe even a P. Diddy cover. And if not that, he’ll at least be hosting myriad club nights. Get the flyer ready now!
— Juliet Litman

Drummond certainly fills the dynamo athlete/light-hearted Twitter account requirements. I think he might be too personable, however, to fit the McGee description. I haven’t personally interviewed Drummond, but I’ve watched him in several interviews, and he’s always smiling, positive and gives thoughtful responses. I have interviewed McGee, who notoriously is not fond of being interviewed, and it’s tough to pull anything more than an athlete-speak, clichéd response out of him.

I certainly am not hoping Drummond is the type of space cadet McGee appeared to be at times throughout his Wizards career, but he’s also young, seems good-natured and I have no problem if he brings some levity and fun to the team this year. As we’ve certainly seen so far this preseason, his presence at the very least provides the type of highlights that get the Pistons national exposure they haven’t had in about four years now.

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