Feb 14, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Team Hill center Andre Drummond (0) holds up the MVP trophy after the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Drummond Wins Rising Stars Challenge MVP


- Andre Drummond shines at All-Star Weekend 2014 as he wins the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge MVP Award. Scoring 30 points, and hauling down 25 rebounds.

Andre Drummond starts off the All-Star weekend affairs with a roar, as he puts in a MONSTER night on the glass, becoming the second consecutive big man to win the MVP award (Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets 2013) in a game mostly dominated by guard play (which was the case for a portion of tonight’s game, see Dion Waiters and Tim Hardaway Jr.).

Andre Drummond started the game off with a bang, coming out and scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 boards in the games first 10 minutes of action, setting up for a tremendous finish for the Motor City big man. Andre finished off the half with 17 points to go along with 11 rebounds in just 12 minutes.

In the second half, Drummond continued his excellence, playing 16 of the second half’s 20 minutes to help complete his “MVP” effort. Andre finished the night with a stat line that only compares to NBA All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge all year. Drummond tallied 30 points (12/21 from the floor), set a “BBVA Rising Stars Challenge” record for rebounds with his game-high 25 boards ( 14 offensive, 11 defensive rebounds), a block, and a steal in his mere 28 minutes of play Friday night in the “Big Easy.”

In addition to Drummond winning the “MVP” honors Friday night, he did not end up with the whole trophy, as a BBVA representative that presented Andre with the award dropped the trophy, separating the award in two. (See here: https://t.co/afwoIawnzT)

As Piston fans everywhere enjoy this small bright spot in yet another dim season of hoops from the Pistons, it is nice to know that we will be able to watch this guy play in a Piston uniform for many years to come.

 

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