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#pounditWednesday, September 27, 2023

Pistons coach thinks Andre Drummond can grow into three-point shooter

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond has improved his game over the past year or so, and that’s given coach Dwane Casey hope that he can take further steps to become even more dangerous.

Drummond, one regarded as the league’s worst free-throw shooter, still is far from elite. But he’s improved from a 35 percent free throw shooter to a 58 percent one, and he’s even gone 21-of-25 this season in league-defined clutch situations.

That improvement has given Casey the belief that, given time, Drummond could even morph into a dangerous shooter from beyond the arc.

“Down the road, he’s going to be able to shoot 3s,” Casey said, via Dana Gauruder of the Detroit Free Press. “People look at me like I’m crazy, but that’s going to come at some point. But it’s got to come in the right way. I thought we experimented with it early in the year and he wasn’t ready for it. So what?”

Drummond has attempted a career-high 37 three pointers this season, but has made just five of them, a miserable 13.5 percent success rate. Obviously he has some way to go. Still, considering that he has become a better free throw shooter after considering some real desperation tactics a few years back, stranger things have happened.


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