Andre Drummond was in midseason form Tuesday against the Pacers, totaling 17 points (8-20 FG, 1-1 FT), 21 rebounds, a steal, and a block in 30 minutes of play.
Drummond has gotten off to a spectacular start in the exhibition slate, posting double-digit scoring in all four games and recording his second double-double over that span Tuesday. The fourth-year pro also continued to be aggressive from the field, with his 20 shot attempts bringing his total in that category to 57 in the preseason. Still only 22 years of age but with three solid years of pro playing experience under his belt, Drummond may be primed for the most prolific season of his career to date.
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds while playing 35 minutes in a loss Thursday to Brooklyn.
Drummond shot less than 50 percent from the field in the game, but the high total of attempts bodes well for his chances or improving on the career-best 13.8 points per game he averaged in 2015-16.
With the Pistons replacing Greg Monroe at power forward with more of a stretch-four type in Ersan Ilyasova, Drummond should have more room to operate in the low block this season, which should help his production on both ends of the court. He'll likely finish as one of the league leaders in double-doubles.
Drummond, who is enetering his fourth year in the league, wants to step his game up and wants that to translate over to his teammates and, ultimately, to winning.
"It's just a mentality," Drummond said. "I just have the mind-set right now that I don't think has been there before. I told myself this is a big summer for me. Obviously, everybody knows it's my contract year, but it's not even because of that.
"I'm just so tired of losing that it comes down to me and what I'm doing on the floor and that if I'm not in the best condition, the best playing shape, I can't do nothing for my team."
Drummond averaged a double-double last season, but says he wants to take his play to another level, which has to be scary for opposing teams.
"I'm willing to take this summer real seriously to really become a better leader and show everybody that I'm here to get the program where it needs to be."
Drummond averaged 13.5 points and 13.8 rebounds per game last season.
The team tipped its hand on Friday, when owner Tom Gores said Drummond deserved the maximum.
"Andre's a maximum guy," Gores said, per MLive. "He's a maximum guy. He's not only a great player, he's a great person."
Drummond posted his fifth consecutive double-double and 47th of the season in the win.
The second-year player came into Sunday second in the NBA with 13.5 rebounds per game.
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