NBA Draft 2012: The Detroit Pistons Get a Huge Steal with Andre Drummond

Roberto PayneContributor IJune 28, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06:  Andre Drummond #12 of the Connecticut Huskies in action against the DePaul Blue Demons during their first round game of the 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 6, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Andre Drummond was one of the top centers in the draft class and could have gone in the top five, but the Detroit Pistons solidified their frontcourt with his selection. Drummond has rare athletic ability with a 40-inch vertical, is a fantastic defender of the rim and is young enough to have just graduated high school.

Drummond is the kind of player who is a classic bust or boom prospect, but he should be one of the better booms from this draft in a couple years.

Detroit has been looking for a rim protector to slide alongside Greg Monroe down low and help rebuild a Pistons team that has lacked a defensive force in recent years. Drummond should be ecstatic to have an offensive minded power forward next to him in Monroe because his offensive game needs some work.

Apart from his developing offensive game, his motor needs work and he needs to fully devote himself to the game. If there's any way he does fix his motor and his offensive game, he could end up being the best big man to be drafted since Dwight Howard.

The Pistons seem to have gotten lucky the last couple years with players sliding to them as they have gotten Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and now Drummond in three consecutive years after all three could have gone higher.

The rebuilding is underway in Detroit and now the team has four key pieces to build around in Knight, Rodney Stuckey, Monroe and Drummond. Things are looking up in the Motor City.