9. Andre Drummond, Detroit (.672 Win%, 2.6 WARP)
Surprise! The NBA’s leader in WARP among rookies is one of this year’s biggest projects. Drummond continues to shoot a high percentage from the field (58.7 percent) and dominate the glass (he’s grabbing nearly 20 percent of all available rebounds while on the floor) in addition to making defensive plays. Lawrence Frank has gradually fed Drummond more minutes to the point where he rates as more valuable than players like Lillard in much bigger roles. They’re being asked to do more, so it’s certainly fair to downgrade Drummond’s value to some extent. Still, at this point his future is as promising as anyone in this class not named Anthony Davis.
Pelton makes a good point, that Andre Drummond’s success should be tempered by the fact that he’s not asked to do to much. But he’s met every challenge placed in front of him so far. It’s time to give him more responsibility.
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