Joe Dumars is speaking to the media right now about the Pistons’ No. 9 pick: Andre Drummond, a 6-11 center form UCONN. More to come. Greg Monroe is here at The Palace, too.
Dumars said he likes Drummond physical nature and athleticism, but admits the guy is very raw offensively. Dumars said the Pistons really didn’t know until about two days ago that Drummond could fall to the No. 9 pick. He said Drummond’s agent really didn’t think his client would drop far either.
The Pistons worked out Drummond two days ago at a rented gym on 61st street in New York. That shows how quickly things changed with Drummond’s stock. Dumars shared that tidbit with the media. “Very bright kid, very intelligent kid,” Dumars said.
Dumars expressed the importance of having an athletic big man in the “new NBA.” He doesn’t appear to have any doubts Drummond can cut it physically. The question, at least from this scribe’s view, is Drummond desire to compete on the floor and work on his offensive game. His free throw shooting could be a huge hurdle to get over.
“He’s such a huge guy,” Dumars said. “When you look at him, you see a grown man’s body.”