Andre Drummond deserves All-Star berth, says one ESPN panelist

I admit, I’ve read every national article about NBA All-Star reserve selections I can find – curious whether I’d see a writer who remembers Greg Monroe’s All-Star candidacy of a year ago and hasn’t noticed Monroe’s slight regression this season or a writer who goes against all convention and picks Andre Drummond.

Well, those efforts weren’t in vain.

Tom Sunnergren of Philadunkia chose Drummond in an ESPN 5-on-5:

Andre Drummond. The Pistons are reportedly brooding over whether to try to win now or hazard a youth movement. The fact that they think these two ideas are in conflict tells you a lot about the state of the organization. In just 19.8 minutes a night, their rookie center is 11th in the NBA in PER and leads all qualifying players with .363 wins per 48 minutes.

I don’t think Drummond should be an All-Star, but I love that he was mentioned.

If he played more, maybe he would deserve an All-Star berth this year. Though, if he were playing 30 to 35 minutes per game, his per-minute numbers would probably drop. The question is, how much? I definitely think Drummond deserves a chance to answer that question on the court. But until he does, I’d side with established players for the All-Star spot.

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