Drummond's max deal is well-earned after a very productive fourth season in the NBA where the big man averaged 16.2 points, 14.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game, and he is now averaging 13.2 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over his NBA career. The supremely athletic big man is just 22 years old and already dominating on both sides of the ball, and he will be the centerpiece of the Piston's franchise going forward. Drummond has also managed to stay healthy as of late, playing and starting in 244 of the team's 246 regular season games over the past three seasons.
Drummond won't play for Team USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports.
Drummond cemented himself as one of the game's top centers last season with the Pistons, averaging 16.2 points (on 52.1% shooting from the field), 14.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks across 32.9 minutes per game. Though he received an invite to play for the U.S. and may have been a candidate to start at center for the squad, Drummond decided he was better served taking the summer off to work out on his own. He'll be well rested in advance of the Pistons' training camp in the fall and could take his game to greater heights as he enters his age-23 campaign.
Drummond hit the 20-point mark for the first time in his last 11 games, but his 4-for-12 free throw performance stunted an otherwise impressive offensive showing. This is the All-Star center's first postseason and perhaps the first time on the big stage is giving him some jitters. He wasn't able to reaching his usual gaudy rebounding numbers and the
Andre Drummond and the rest of the Detroit Pistons ' starters will be rested for Wednesday's season finale against the Cavaliers, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.
The Pistons have yet to release their starting lineup, but with their playoff spot firmly secured, coach Stan Van Gundy will rest his starters Wednesday. Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Reggie Jackson, Tobias Harris, and Marcus Morris will all sit out against the Cavaliers. Aron Baynes and Joel Anthony will likely absorb most of the minutes at center Wednesday.
Andre Drummond scored just eight points (3-10 FG, 2-5 FT) while adding six rebounds and three steals in 26 minutes during Friday's win over the Wizards.
The victory clinched a playoff spot for the Detroit Pistons , but the All-Star center wasn't on the court to enjoy it as coach Stan Van Gundy sat him down the moment the Wizards began intentionally fouling Drummond in an effort to catch up. Of course, him missing both free throw attempts and air-balling the second one after being fouled may have played into Van Gundy's decision too. Detroit can finish no higher than seventh, so it remains to be seen whether starters like Drummond see a full workload over the final two games of the season.
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