Will Andre Drummond be the next superstar center in the NBA?
Many times has Andre Drummond been in the center of discussions about his potential and his future in the NBA. He is considered as one of the centers with the brightest future in the league and how could things not be that way? He is just 20 years old and he is already putting up huge performances with consistency.
The ninth pick of the 2012 NBA Draft has showcased just some of his skills during his first season with the Detroit Pistons in 2012-2013. Now he is on a breakaway season. He has drastically improved his performance, averaging 13.1 points per contest to go along with 12.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while shooting 65.2 percent from the floor. Drummond has earned his position at the starting lineup of the Pistons and he has made he coach admit that he couldn’t even imagine he was that talented.
One thing we are seeing this season is Drummond being way ahead of his development timetable. He is dominating with his performance and he is putting his name in the discussion of the most improved player of the season. During the last five games, he has recorded four double-doubles. One of them came at a game against the Philadelphia 76ers, when he recorded 31 points, 19 rebounds and six steals. In another game against the Milwaukee Bucks he scored 24 points and secured 19 boards, shooting 8-for-13 from the field.
It’s amazing how Drummond can finish in double figures in scoring and rebounds in almost every game. Of course, the 6’10” center has much more work to do. He firstly needs to improve his offense, as his moves are pretty limited. However, he has shown that he has lots of potential and within the next few seasons, he is projected to see much more development.
His age might be his biggest weapon. If at the age of 20 Drummond has already achieved to establish himself into the starting lineup of a playoff team like the Pistons and has shown the entire world that he can be a top-5 center in the league, then who can consider what will happen when he enters his prime.
There are many analysts in the NBA that compare him to Dwight Howard. He is very physical, he has a strong body and he is also very athletic. One thing that he has in common with Superman is his defense. Sometimes he looks like a barricade for penetrating opponents. One other significant aspect of his game which is unusual for a big man is steals. Drummond is averaging 1.9 steals per game this season. He did average 1.2 steals per contest last season. For a big man of that size, Drummond has very quick hands and a great defensive awareness.
Sadly, he reminds of Howard in one more aspect of the game, free-throw shooting. This season he is averaging an ugly 38 percent from the charity stripe. Hopefully he can work on his free-throw shooting so he avoids becoming a player opponents will hack.
There is little doubt that Andre Drummond is emerging as a superstar and he does it quickly.