Andre Drummond should study Blake Griffin

Every year, David Thorpe of ESPN gives rookies an NBA player to study. This year, Thorpe assigned Blake Griffin to Andre Drummond:

One reason why Drummond slipped in the draft was because of concerns over his motor. Now we know it wasn’t a motor issue. The problem was he didn’t know just how athletically talented he is. Enter Griffin, who tries to destroy defenders (and rims) at every opportunity.

Drummond is built differently than Griffin but can still take the same approach, exploding and racing everywhere and therefore making plays few others can consistently make — including Griffin, which tells you how special Drummond can be.

It is also important to note that Griffin is one of the NBA’s top "bucket getters" despite not being particularly advanced with his low-post game — he just beasts guys to the rim. Drummond, in consistent beast mode, would be a spectacular player.

At some point, I’d like Drummond to study the relentless defense of someone like Noah, but that’s probably an advance course. Using Prof. Griffin in Intro to Dunking Everything sounds like a good start for Drummond.

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