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Andre Drummond
Andre Drummond
Position: C
Born: 08/10/93
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:270 lbs. / 122.5 kg.
Salary: $23,775,506
The anti-Reggie Jackson crowd should understand one thing. His Detroit Pistons teammates want him to have the ball at crunch time. Pistons shooting guard Avery Bradley implored for Jackson to be more aggressive following both losses to begin at the three-game trip – Wednesday night at Milwaukee and Friday night at Indiana. “(Jackson) is a very good scorer, but let your scoring make plays for our team, your aggressiveness,” Bradley said after adding 18 points Sunday. “Whenever he’s coming off looking to score off the pick-and-rolls, he’s attacking the guys and they’re not attacking him. He’s able to make alley-oop play to (Andre Drummond) or to the weak side from him. He’s our leader; he’s our point guard. He’s somebody we need to bring it every single night in order for us to roll the way we want to play.”
It was also, perhaps, the Pistons best finish of the season, considering the circumstances as they faced their first crisis point coming off their first loss of consecutive games. Van Gundy diversified the offense this year so the Pistons become less dependent on Jackson’s pick-and-roll panache, but he remains their closer. “It’s something Coach and I have talked about,” Jackson said. “We’re going to open it up a lot to start the game, just trying to find out who’s hot. We’ve got a lot of scorers. We’ve got guys who can score in different ways. Dre’s great with the ball in his hands. But down the stretch, I always know he’s going to give me the ball.”
With Harris parked in the corner or weakside, and teams now having to stay home on him, there’s all kinds of room for Drummond to roll to the rim in pick-and-roll sets. And Van Gundy is running offense through Drummond this season and he’s responded by averaging a career-best 3.2 assists so far this season. “He knew he wasn’t at his best (last season). He took the summer to evaluate that,” Harris said of Drummond. “Coach has put him in some positions to be a factor on offense. And on the boards he’s playing to his strengths. Like I told him tonight, ‘your energy fuels us.’ And he got going in the third quarter (with five of his game-high 17 rebounds) and helped us win the game.”
But Drummond has transformed his ability from the foul line. He comes into Wednesday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers shooting 30-for-40 (75 percent) from the line this season. “It’s like night and day,” Drummond told ESPN.com. “It’s been an exciting process for me to see the progress that I’ve put in over the years, the time that I’ve spent, countless hours in the gym shooting free throws. Working on mechanics, working on the mental aspect, so to see the work that I’ve put in come out to light is exciting that it’s finally here.”
2 weeks ago via ESPN
The journey started when the 24 year-old reconnected with trainer Idan Ravin, a man who helped him prepare for the 2012 NBA draft. “I called him up after the season,” Drummond said. “I told him that I think it’s time to go back to the basics, go back to what got me to where I’m at. We really put a lot of work in. I worked out with him for the first half of the summer. Really on the conditioning part of game — the free throws, obviously, and just the whole mental aspect of the game.”
2 weeks ago via ESPN
“First of all, he’s not afraid at all to go to the line anymore,” Tolliver said. “I feel like in the past he would kind of avoid contact and maybe try to finish plays without getting fouled — for good reason because he wasn’t doing too well from the free throw line. Now it’s different — he’s going straight through the contact. He wants to go to the line. That’s the biggest difference in his approach. And also, just the way he’s changed his form to decrease error. He keeps the ball out in front of him and just follows through. As of right now it’s working, no reason to change anything up now.”
2 weeks ago via ESPN