Drummond got a steal on the defensive end and gave up the ball to Jennings. Jennings went hard to the rim in transition, and he decided to throw a pass off the backboard to Drummond, who slammed it down with two hands. It was beautiful.
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond appears to have a new girlfriend, and the couple met the same way a lot of couples who are in their early 20s first connect. Last month, Drummond began participating in a social media trend called “#WCW,” which stands for “Women Crush Wednesday.” His target was Nickelodeon’s Jennette McCurdy, who played Sam on “iCarly” and plays the same character on another show now.
As the Detroit Free Press pointed out, Drummond posted a picture of the 21-year-old on his Twitter and Instagram accounts each Wednesday and it appeared he began sending her gifts.
Rajon Rondo may claim he is looking forward to playing for new Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, but that does not mean teams around the NBA are going to stop inquiring about him. According to the Boston Globe, the Detroit Pistons are interested in making an offer for Rondo but may not have the pieces to get a deal done.
Actually, they have the pieces but are not willing to part ways with them.
The Celtics would presumably ask for emerging center Andre Drummond, who is as close to untouchable as a younger player can get. Detroit would like to send the Celtics Brandon Knight and an expiring contract, but that wouldn’t be nearly enough. Detroit doesn’t have a first-round pick to offer because of the Ben Gordon deal that gave the Bobcats the choice of a Pistons draft pick over the next four seasons
Drummond averaged 7.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in his rookie season with the Pistons last year. He has the size and strength to become a dominant center in the NBA and is only 19 years old, so you can understand why Detroit would have no interest in trading him.
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You can also see why Boston would demand a package of top-quality talent and draft picks if they did decide to trade Rondo. The 27-year-old is a double-double machine, and if he comes back healthy from ACL surgery he should continue to be one of the best point guards in the NBA.
Personally, I’m not buying the whole Rondo being excited to play for Stevens thing. It may sound great now, but if the Celtics play poorly I believe it will only be a matter of time before Rondo wants out of town.
There are few things in basketball that are more embarrassing than airballing a free throw. Airballing two free throws in a row certainly qualifies. Many NBA players are horrible free-throw shooters, but guys who are making millions of dollars per year are expected to at least hit the rim.
As you can see, Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond is one of the worst in the league. Those who watched the big fella badly airball a free throw in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday probably thought it slipped — until he did the exact same thing on his next attempt.
This is not a drill. Drummond is shooting 35.2% from the charity stripe on the season. To give you some perspective, there are over 100 players across the NBA who have a higher percentage from three-point range. It’s not that Drummond can’t catch a break when shooting free throws. It’s almost as if he can’t see the basket.
Andre Drummond was drafted No. 9 overall by the Pistons on Thursday. Even though being selected in the top 10 suggests a player is going to be a game-changer at the next level, there are a few aspects of his game Andre Drummond has to improve.
Seriously, Drummond needs to be sent on a summer vacation to Herb Magee’s basement to work on his free throw shooting.
When you think of a notoriously bad free throw shooters, maybe Shaquille O’Neal comes to mind. As bad as Shaq was — and remember, Hack-a-Shaq was the only way to defend him — he was at least a career 52.7% shooter from the line. For comparison, in his one year of college, Andre Drummond shot 29.5% from the line. 29.5! And over the last 10 games of UConn’s season, Drummond shot just 18%.
Being a sub-60% shooter from the line in the NBA is horrible. A percentage of 50 makes you among the worst of all time. If Drummond remains around 30%, that would be an embarrassment of epic proportions. Yes, big men like Wilt Chamberlain have succeeded in the past struggling at the foul line (51.1%), but as of now it’s looking like Drummond is going to be fouled a lot during his first year with the Pistons until he can shoot almost as well as a 7-year-old from the charity stripe.
Andre Drummond is one of the most interesting prospects in this year’s NBA draft. If a team was drafting strictly based on size, the 6-foot-10, 270-pound UConn center could be the number one pick in the draft. Obviously, there’s more to it than that. Drummond is an extremely raw talent, and apparently teams may also need to be concerned about his work ethic. Former teammate Jeremy Lamb — who is also expected to be a first-round pick — made an interesting comment about the big man on Monday.
“It depends on if he wants to work,” Lamb said according to Blazers Edge when asked if Drummond can be great. “He’s a great athlete. He can jump. He can block shots. He can rebound. I always say, it’s funny, we will have an early practice at like 8 AM, and everyone is trying to get warmed up and stuff. He’ll just come out and do a windmill to warm up. His bounce is amazing. I believe he’s going to work hard, develop post moves, I think he can be a great pro.”
That isn’t exactly the greatest endorsement you can get from someone who has been around you and seen you work. The important thing to remember is that Drummond is only 19 years old, so some team is going to take a chance on him and hope he matures. That being said, there’s nothing worse than a player who has all the physical tools but refuses to put the time in. Hopefully Drummond can avoid that reputation as he begins his NBA career.
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