Piston of the Week: Andre Drummond

Piston of the Week (1/13/2013 – 1/19/2013): Andre Drummond

11 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and two blocks per game, 71.4 field-goal percentage

The Pistons went to London and apparently only Andre Drummond and Will Bynum decided to show up. It was only one game, but even in an ugly 15-point loss to the Knicks on Thursday, Drummond continued to impress in his limited minutes.

He was active on both ends of the floor, easily one the most athletic players on the floor and proved yet again just have a knack for where to be. He picked up a double-double, his sixth of the season, and showed why he has the potential to be the kind of athletic, rebounding defender that NBA teams everywhere (see: Tyson Chandler, Serge Ibaka or Dwight Howard) are trying to find.

He struggled at times with foul trouble in the second quarter — and that could be a reason for his lack of playing time in the third quarter — but no matter how much Lawrence Frank wants to bring him along slowly, Drummond is making his case for an increase in minutes.

As frustrating ast it has been for fans to see flashes from the rookie in limited time, really, it’s only a matter of time until Drummond forces Frank’s hand.

He does present some inconveniences on offense end due to his game being limited to put backs and alley-oops. His defense in one-on-one situations can be, well, interesting at times, too — but, man, you see a glimpse of his potential with every flash of that athleticism.

He held his own against one of the NBA’s best in Chandler and even had one of his — maybe not his, yet — regular “steal an inbounds pass and turn it into a dunk for himself or layup for others” plays in the second half on Thursday.

It’s only based on one game this week, but chances are this isn’t the last time Drummond ends up here.

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