Confession time: if there is one player whom I would yank out of Detroit in order to play for the Boston Celtics, it would be Andre Drummond.
That may not be a very bold statement – who you gonna pick over Drummond: Josh Smith? Greg Monroe? – but at least it serves to makes my point: Andre Drummond is a beast, and he will be a force to be reckoned with in the NBA for at least the rest of this decade.
Having said that, it is pretty clear that Drummond will not see a ton of playing time during the FIBA World Cup in Spain the next few weeks. As the youngest player on a squad that is already a touch on the inexperienced side, Drummond is an extremely raw talent who just isn’t ready to be placed in high-pressure situations. Most likely, Drummond will log the majority of his minutes early in the tournament, when Team USA is demolishing the extremely over-matched talent it will find itself playing against in pool play.
Of course, should Team USA find itself in a bind due to foul trouble or an injury, Drummond can easily step in and help the Yanks remain dominate on the glass, and in front of the rim. Drummond averaged 13.2 rebounds per game last season for the Pistons – images of him seemingly snagging every rebound against the under-sized Celtics should sill be giving Boston fans nightmares – and 1.6 blocks, so it’s not like life will get easy for the opposition if Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are on the bench.
Of those 13.2 RBG, a little over 5 were offensive boards, which helps to explain why Dre shot .623 from the floor last season and created a shot chart that looks like this:
Why try to diversify your game, when you can just feast off of put-backs and lobs?!?
If all goes well for Team USA, Andre Drummond will be the third center off the bench, which just shows you unfair the USA’s depth and size really is compared to the rest of the world.