Andre Drummond receives one All-Defensive second-team vote

Andre Drummond received an All-Defensive second-team vote from Spero Dedes, formerly of MSG Network.

My first reaction whenever a Piston gets any national recognition, even a single vote, is satisfaction. Drummond generally deserves positive attention.

My second reaction was this particular recognition probably wasn’t deserved.

Drummond made defensive progress from last season – and his per-game averages, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals, are solid – but that alone doesn’t make him a good defender. There were far too many missed rotations to label Drummond even a clearly plus defender, let alone one of the top two defensive centers in the NBA.

If you’re curious, here’s Dedes’ full ballot:

First team

  • Guard: Paul George
  • Guard: Chris Paul
  • Forward: LeBron James
  • Forward: Serge Ibaka
  • Center: Joakim Noah

Second team

  • Guard: Michael Carter-Williams
  • Guard: Jimmy Butler
  • Forward: Anthony Davis
  • Forward: Kawhi Leonard
  • Center: Andre Drummond

Dedes’ ballot tilts a little too far toward names (LeBron and Davis) and steals and blocks stats (Carter-Williams and Davis), and Drummond’s stats probably proved central to his inclusion.

As tempted as I was to take another look at Drummond defensive in light of this outside attention, I don’t think there’s more than meets the eye.

Drummond is a promising defender whose defensive stats have outpaced his actual production on that end. Hopefully soon, Stan Van Gundy will help Drummond meet his defensive potential and join the running for a lot more than All-Defensive second team.

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