Andre Drummond has made a habit of arriving several hours early to work on low-post moves with Detroit Pistons assistant Roy Rogers. Then he’ll study video on a laptop in front of his locker before joining the Pistons for pregame warmups.
“We have a consistent routine,” Drummond said. “Working on my post moves and watching different films of myself or the big (man) we’re playing that day, what I need to do to stop them and what I need to do to have a great game.”
The routine seems to be paying off, as Drummond leads all rookies in field goal percentage (58.6) and ranks sixth in the NBA in rebounds-per-minute.
“Andre’s been very, very good,” Lawrence Frank said. “He plays with a lot of energy and effort. When he does that, he’s a game-changer for us. He brings size and athleticism that we don’t have. In the minutes he’s played, his offensive rebounding and his rebounding in general has been outstanding. His ability to be a rim-protector is very, very good. The more he learns, the more he continues to dedicate to his craft, we think he has huge upside.”