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Andre Drummond
Andre Drummond
Position: F
Born: 08/10/93
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:270 lbs. / 122.5 kg.
Salary: $3,272,090
It has been constant work since, as he said he is taking conditioning seriously this off-season. He added that he is sick of losing, having never experienced the NBA playoffs. And it’s not all about his eligibility to sign a maximum contract extension this off-season. “It’s just a mentality,” Drummond said. “I just have the mind-set right now that I don’t think has been there before. I told myself this is a big summer for me. Obviously, everybody knows it’s my contract year, but it’s not even because of that. “I’m just so tired of losing that it comes down to me and what I’m doing on the floor and that if I’m not in the best condition, the best playing shape, I can’t do nothing for my team.
Unfortunately, not everyone agrees it’s an issue. In fact, team officials who do may be in the minority. “Change the rule? For what?” asked an Eastern Conference GM who is on the NBA’s Competition Committee. “For DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard? Learn to shoot free throws.” A league source says that almost 80% of this season’s hacking was done to five players: Jordan, Andre Drummond of Detroit and Howard, Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey of Houston.
As for unrestricted free agent Greg Monroe, the Pistons felt it was important to bring him back after an 11-game absence with a sore knee to integrate him into the rotation in case he re-signs. Monroe will be an attractive target because of his ability to score in the post and rebound. He is averaging 16.1 points and a career-best 10.5 rebounds this season despite teammate Andre Drummond being among the league leaders in rebounds. “From a coaching standpoint, if we’re fortunate enough to get Greg back here next year, I need to figure out how to make it work,” Van Gundy said. “It’s not that it can’t work. The more games you can get under your belt with those guys playing together, the easier it will be for me to figure that out. “I think you go back to right after Christmas and it was Greg and Andre together, and our offense was rolling along pretty good. So there’s certain ways to play two big guys.”
“I did something that he didn’t agree with and we discussed what it was,” Drummond said. “Stan and I have that relationship where we can have those kinds of conversations. We just move on.” Drummond added that Van Gundy “got on me, I stated my opinion, no hard feelings.” “We’re just moving on,” he said. “We don’t do the whole fussing and fighting thing. We have an understanding with each other. I knew why he was mad and he knew why I was upset, as well, too. We squashed it, moved forward, slapped each other on the back, and kept moving.”
Sure enough, Van Gundy went to the end of the bench, took Drummond by one arm, and led him to the middle of the bench. “I just brought him back in from the end of the bench, into the team,” Van Gundy said. “I don’t have a problem when guys are pissed off at me. I don’t. But they can’t check out on their teammates because they’re pissed off at me, and I think he understood that and came back and was fine. Good guy. He’s a good guy. I was upset at what he did and he understood that — might not have liked it. I understood why he was upset.”
Drummond’s response was priceless. “(Bleep) that,” the young center said to laughter. Drummond, 22, will have to settle for a 25-rebound (10 offensive) performance, and he was officially 11-for-23 from the field. It still was a good night on the glass for Drummond, who was second in the NBA with an average of 13.3 rebounds entering tonight. But he wasn’t having any of it. “That (bleep) ain’t cool, man,” a smiling Drummond said as he shook his head.
Featured stud: C Andre Drummond, Pistons at Wizards $6,900 salary | 13.8% of cap. The stat sheet has had Drummond’s name all over it of late. He’s averaging 18.5 points, 15.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game over the last four games. That has equated to 42.1 FantasyScore points per game. The Wiz have been one of the worst teams against centers in the last five games . There is no drumroll necessary when selecting your starting center Saturday.
Van Gundy also said it is very unlikely that the Pistons trade anyone currently on a rookie contract, which includes Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Spencer Dinwiddie, Andre Drummond and Kyle Singler. “Not going to happen,” Van Gundy said. “Not going to happen unless you get another guy back on his rookie deal. Basically, our philosophy coming in is first-round draft picks and rookie deals, you’re giving those up to either get similar back, or if there’s a star. If there’s one of the real stars in the league, then obviously, everything changes. But other than that, no, those guys on rookie deals are too important, and we really like our young guys. So no, that’s not going to happen.”