Andre Drummond continued to improve in his third season in the league, averaging a double-double with 16.2 ppg and 14.8 rpg. His league-leading 66 double-doubles were instrumental in getting the Detroit Pistons to the postseason for the first time since the 2008-2009 season, where they were swept by Cleveland. This year, at least they lost to the eventual NBA champs in four very close, contested games.
Drummond was a highlight reel when it came to the offensive side of the ball, throwing down monstrous dunks, hitting skyhook jumpers, and sending rejected shots into the crowd. The 3rd year player out of UConn continued to improve his numbers overall, including his free throw percentage, which while still hovering around 40%, has at least been improving every season.
Drummond is becoming the centerpiece the Pistons hoped he would be when they drafted him three years ago. He’s not likely to go anywhere this free agency, as he is a restricted free agent. This does not mean that other teams cannot offer him contracts, it simply means that the Pistons can match whatever offer sheet is sent his way. Drummond has stated clearly that he is committed to Detroit, and that he wants to be a part of what head coach and general manager Stan Van Gundy is building in the Motor City. This would be the best basketball move for Drummond, as Van Gundy has created an effective team around him with Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris, Stanley Johnson, and the trade that brought Tobias Harris from Orlando.
Another season of playing with this solid core will all but likely keep Drummond from leaving after his rookie contract is up, especially with the high chance he becomes one of the best paid big men in the league next summer. It would take a substantial offer from a team with a very strong core to steal Drummond away from the Pistons, and there isn’t really one team that has been aggressively pursuing the restricted free agent.