With the roster appearing to be set, Vince Ellis takes a look at individual Pistons players and assesses expectations for the coming season.
Today’s player: Center Andre Drummond.
How obtained: Pistons’ first-round pick in the 2012 NBA draft with the ninth overall selection.
Looking back: He showed so much promise his rookie season that many are predicting an All-Star Game berth in the near future. It’s based on his rebounding and defensive potential — dispelling all the knocks that caused him to fall to the Pistons. Averaged 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game while putting up a 21.69 player efficiency rating.
His salary: $2,462,400 (second year of rookie deal).
Looking ahead: He has worked dutifully all summer — dominating summer-league action — to get comfortable working on the low block. It has been emphasized by new coach Mo Cheeks. If one of the league’s top young stars can just become a consistent scoring threat, the sky is the limit.
Did you know? Caused a stir this summer with playful flirtatious social media interactions with actress Jennette McCurdy.