"Andre Drummond claims he isn't aware of the contention he is causing between Pistons coach Lawrence Frank and the fans and media.
As he walked through Philips Arena on Wednesday morning, Drummond said he didn't know anything about fans clamoring for more playing time from the rookie center from UConn.
But even if was aware, Drummond said he is in full agreement with being brought along slowly.
"Who wouldn't want to play more?" he said. "If you love the sport, you love to play, but it just isn't my time.
"I'm a rookie, they're trying to ease my way in and I like what they're doing with me so far in terms of me being prepared for what I need to do. I'm just really excited about that."
Drummond has seen his playing time inch upward. Before Wednesday night's game against the Hawks, he averaged 21.1 minutes per game over the last 10 -- a slight increase over his 18.8 average for the year. His performance is forcing more minutes from Frank.
Drummond played 36 minutes in the Pistons' 126-119 double-overtime loss to Atlanta.
But the minutes are not coming fast enough for many who cite certain advanced stats which say he is one of the best rookies in the league.
"I really don't read the papers or any of the blogs that people write about me," Drummond said. "I just worry about my teammates and my coaching staff that I have here. They're putting my in position to get the best out of me on the floor. I'm happy with where I'm at."
Would be kinda crazy if Lillard dropped off because of hitting the rookie wall and Drummond kept getting stronger from having his minutes monitored so much early on. Would actually make Frank look smart
I'm fully convinced that Dre has D12/Shaq type potential. He is 19 and will only keep getting better. And I love how he didn't let bronbron push him around tonight. I think he and Moose will gel eventually. Moose needs to start hitting that midrange shot. It will hopefully get to the point where Moose can draw defenders out of the paint so Dre can posterize at will.