For the third consecutive season, the Detroit Pistons had the player they most coveted drop right into Motown. In the 2012 NBA Draft, it was UConn big man Andre Drummond, who was immediately snatched up by the Pistons after he slipped to No. 9.
Drummond stands just shy of 7-feet tall and weight 279 pounds. Questions about his maturity level may have contributed to his tumble, but with the Pistons in desperate need of a big man to pair with Greg Monroe up front, Drummond’s high upside was too much to pass up.
“Detroit’s going to see that I’m a hard worker and I put my all in every single day,” Drummond said after he was drafted.
Drummond averaged 10.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game for UConn last year. He’s considered a bit of a project pick — mainly because his low-post game will need some work to be effective in the NBA — but his size and ability to crash the glass and protect the rim will definitely ease the strain on Monroe.
With Jason Maxiell picking up his player option for 2012-13, the Pistons suddenly look like they might have a pretty decent defensive frontcourt, with Monroe developing last year into a reliable scorer on the other end of the court.
In the weeks leading up to the draft, it definitely looked like Drummond would come off the board before the Pistons got a crack at him at 11. However, a couple of early surprise picks (like Terrance Ross at No. 8) helped Detroit land its man.