After playing the most amount of games in the NBA and opening the season with just a 4-8 record, here are three Detroit Pistons players who must step up.
It’s no secret that the Detroit Pistons are regularly having struggles on both ends of the floor. While there’s certainly an argument that could be made that everyone needs to step up, today we’re going to take a look at the three players who Detroit needs help from the most.
Andre Drummond may come as a surprise for the first pick, however he’s been struggling just as much as everyone else lately.
In four out of the last five games, Drummond as ended the night with at least five fouls, while also fouling out entirely in just 28 minutes played in a loss against the Miami Heat. While admittedly there are times where Drummond gets whistled for highly questionable foul calls, he’s also been guilty of committing several egregious and flat out unnecessary fouls.
The problem with this is clear – it cripples Detroit on both ends of the floor. As soon as he heads to the bench, the Pistons lose their key rebounder and key interior defender, and it often causes Detroit to fall behind by a significant margin.
Not only this, but if too often seems to discourage Drummond, and when he does enter foul trouble he becomes reluctant to do what it is that the Pistons needs him to do on either end of the floor. He becomes tentative on the boards and tentative on defense.
He has to be more disciplined on defense so that he can give his team a better chance down the stretch. Fouling out in the loss against Miami caused him to fail to achieve a double-double for the first time this season.