Quick, who among the Pistons would be in the top five in the league in rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage if he played 36 minutes per game?
Obviously you don't have to guess. Andre Drummond has been a revelation so far for the Pistons.
Once thought of as a potential bust, Drummond is now being viewed as a potential All-Star and is drawing comparisons to everyone from Dwight Howard to a young Shawn Kemp.
Drummond has the unique ability to not only run the court like a gazelle but also hammer home a dunk like Shaquille O'Neal in his prime.
He is already the team's best shot-blocker and finisher near the hoop, and his offensive footwork is improving on a game-to-game basis.
Drummond truly is the most exciting player on this Pistons squad.
So why is he only playing roughly 19 minutes per game?
Coach Frank has maintained that rotation spots will be earned through hard work and production. Things are done based on merit, not potential.
That being said, Drummond is outperforming Jason Maxiell on every level.
If you give both guys 36 minutes, Drummond's numbers blow Maxiell's away. In 36 minutes, Drummond is averaging over 13 points and 13 rebounds and is just short of three blocks per game.
Maxiell, on the other hand, is sitting at just over 10 points, eight boards and two blocks a night.
Defensively, Maxiell has value, but he doesn't dominate the post like Drummond.
Offensively, both are limited, but Drummond is a much better finisher. Sure Maxiell has a nice 15-18 foot jumper, but so does Greg Monroe.
If Drummond starts, Monroe can slide over to the four and knock down those same shots, while providing much better passing.
I appreciate what Frank is doing with Drummond. He is easing him into the rotation so he won't be overwhelmed as a rookie.
But that should have ended in late November when Drummond proved that he was the future of this team. Now every game when Drummond plays less than 20 minutes not only frustrates the fans but is also counter-productive to Detroit's future prospects.