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How many times do we have to say it? Drummond needs more minutes.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say it: If Andre Drummond had gotten starter's minutes, the Detroit Pistons would be in the playoffs.
You're probably tired of hearing how awesome Drummond has been for the Pistons this season, so I'll make it quick. Drummond's 22.1 PER ranks 14th in the league, and he's one of the few players who is so athletic that he makes a huge difference on the court despite being raw. And yet, he only plays 20 minutes per game.
The Milwaukee Bucks are 37-42, and they'll make the playoffs in the East. That's who the Pistons would have to get past. The Bucks rank 22nd in the league offensively and 12th in the league defensively (per Basketball-Reference).
When Drummond is on the floor, the Pistons' offensive and defensive ratings are eighth and 24th respectively (per 82games.com). Statistically, that team could absolutely make the playoffs, even after you factor in Drummond's 22-game absence from injury.
Obviously, this hypothetical hinges on Greg Monroe and Drummond learning how to play together, but still...the Pistons would at least be in the hunt.
There's nothing wrong with bringing Drummond along slowly, but the Pistons could have at least had a shot at a playoff berth this season. In the end, though, the Drummond-Monroe-Brandon Knight core provides the Pistons with a bright future, and that's what really matters.