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Drummond impresses in preseason game vs. Raptors

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02:11 PM ET 10.11 | Most feel that Andre Drummond will be too raw to contribute much to the Detroit Pistons as a rookie, but he showed on Wednesday that he might be able to help sooner than expected. Drummond scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and swatted two shots off the bench in the Pistons' 101-99 preseason win over the Toronto Raptors. "I was a little nervous, and my teammates saw that, but before the game they said just play the game and do the things you need to do and help us on the defensive end and things will start coming to you," Drummond said, via the Detroit News. "When I got in the game I just ran the floor, grabbed rebounds and blocked shots, so things started going my way."

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October 11, 2012  02:23 PM ET

YAY!! He had a good showing in an exhibition game against the worst in the NBA the past five seasons. Now he is automatically awesome right?

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October 11, 2012  02:31 PM ET
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YAY!! He had a good showing in an exhibition game against the worst in the NBA the past five seasons. Now he is automatically awesome right?

No, I think the point is that he can be a contributor. Saying that he may be able to help instead of just learning the game is not exactly saying, he is automatically awesome.

But he can do this:
http://youtu.be/aUCfut4uGHo

Ed Davis: FTW.

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October 11, 2012  03:37 PM ET

I've been saying all along that this kid is going to be a beast... Although preseason doesn't mean squat.. he'll explode once he is named the starter and they play him along side Monroe..

October 11, 2012  03:45 PM ET
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I've been saying all along that this kid is going to be a beast... Although preseason doesn't mean squat.. he'll explode once he is named the starter and they play him along side Monroe..

How long you think that will be? The kid wasn't even a beast in college, he put up really pedestrian numbers. If he develops a work ethic and some tenacity than maybe he can avoid becoming another forgotten bum, Black Darko lol.

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October 11, 2012  04:24 PM ET
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Oh the hyberbole

I didn't see any hyberbole. Just a modest 'he may be of help a little sooner'......

October 11, 2012  04:42 PM ET
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I'm not sure if that will work out. It looks like both guys almost play the same type of game and same position.

yeah but the Pistons have been prepping by getting Monroe to play the 4 spot instead...

October 11, 2012  04:43 PM ET
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How long you think that will be? The kid wasn't even a beast in college, he put up really pedestrian numbers. If he develops a work ethic and some tenacity than maybe he can avoid becoming another forgotten bum, Black Darko lol.

sounds like you're hatin but whatever... Kid's going to be a beast...

October 11, 2012  04:46 PM ET
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How long you think that will be? The kid wasn't even a beast in college, he put up really pedestrian numbers. If he develops a work ethic and some tenacity than maybe he can avoid becoming another forgotten bum, Black Darko lol.

There are enough "kids" who didn't put up great stats in college and became great basketball players.

There are also players who put up great stats in HS/College and got drafted in the first round - top 10 pick and never lived up to the hype or performed great in the NBA.

College/Pre-season games doesn't mean ****. Anything can happen in the NBA.

October 11, 2012  05:05 PM ET
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There are enough "kids" who didn't put up great stats in college and became great basketball players. There are also players who put up great stats in HS/College and got drafted in the first round - top 10 pick and never lived up to the hype or performed great in the NBA.College/Pre-season games doesn't mean ****. Anything can happen in the NBA.

Name five who didn't put up numbers in college (not counting pre-age rule change)? Man I would be inpressed if you named three to be honest.

October 11, 2012  05:05 PM ET

impressed#

October 11, 2012  05:32 PM ET

Nash averaged 4.5 ast in college to go along with 14 pts and 1 stl a game.
Rondo did 9 pts, 4 ast and 4 rebounds
Sheed averaged 13 pts, 7 rebs, and 2 blks
Duncan averaged 10 pts and 9 rebs his freshmen year, and that's what you have to look at. Most players who stay, who aren't named Melo or Durant, take a huge leap their sophomore year. Look at Michael Jordan, if we're looking at the pinnacle of basketball players, he added 7 pts/game, 1 reb/game, 1 block a game, and nearly 1 steal to his stats between his freshmen and sophomore year.

Nobody is saying this kid is going to be Shaq, why are you knocking him when the local press is just happy he's not looking like a fool?

October 11, 2012  06:09 PM ET
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Nash averaged 4.5 ast in college to go along with 14 pts and 1 stl a game.Rondo did 9 pts, 4 ast and 4 reboundsSheed averaged 13 pts, 7 rebs, and 2 blksDuncan averaged 10 pts and 9 rebs his freshmen year, and that's what you have to look at. Most players who stay, who aren't named Melo or Durant, take a huge leap their sophomore year. Look at Michael Jordan, if we're looking at the pinnacle of basketball players, he added 7 pts/game, 1 reb/game, 1 block a game, and nearly 1 steal to his stats between his freshmen and sophomore year.Nobody is saying this kid is going to be Shaq, why are you knocking him when the local press is just happy he's not looking like a fool?

OK you mean during their freshmen years, I gotchu. Impressive though I must admit. Not knocking him as much as I just don't believe in him sincerely, I think he is a guy who is just happy to be in the league, not there with hungry and bad intentions to take it over and fully reach his potential. Watched him in the Summer league and the kid just oozes talent but has bust written all over his body language and attitude on the basketball court. If he pans out I will be surprised is all I am really saying, maybe he will wake up

October 11, 2012  09:03 PM ET

SD!

October 11, 2012  09:03 PM ET

SHOWTIME!!

October 12, 2012  08:59 AM ET

Fans in Detroit are excited about his potential but realize he is a work in progress. The kid is 19 and an athlete who has enormous potential. Im optimistic that he will be a huge addition to this young team (next year more than this year). He has a ways to go but I think he can reach it.

 
October 12, 2012  10:03 AM ET

Practice Makes Perfect, Bro?

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