Rising Stars Challenge 2014: Andre Drummond Named MVP of All-Star Event

Tim KeeneyContributor IFebruary 14, 2014

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All-Star Games tend to open for players who are athletic freaks of nature. 

As such, it's not all that surprising that Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond was the most dominant star during Friday night's Rising Stars Challenge. Leading Team Hill to a thrilling 142-136 victory over Team Webber, the 20-year-old poured in 30 points, pulled down an absurd 25 rebounds and was named MVP. 

Unfortunately for Drummond, he never got a chance to hold his award while it was in one piece, as the trophy was dropped during the postgame presentation. 

Jose3030 gave a look at the embarrassing moment, which Tim Hardaway Jr. nominated for the SportsCenter Not Top 10:

In what typically turns into fast-paced, perimeter-oriented contests, big men don't always thrive in these kind of games. But Drummond, who has an unreal combination of size, agility and athleticism, isn't your typical big man. 

And after missing last year's game with an injury, he seriously made up for lost time, breaking DeJuan Blair's record for rebounds (23). Even double-double maestro Kevin Love couldn't help from talking about Drummond's utter domination on Twitter:

It's easy to write off anything that happens during an All-Star Game because it tends to turn into a glorified practice. But more than anything else, this was just another example—there have been several others during the first half of the season—of Drummond's unbelievable physical traits. 

And as the 20-year-old only continues to get more comfortable and hones his game, you're going to be seeing a lot more nights like this out of him—and not just during All-Star Weekend. 

Dion Waiters had 31 points and Hardaway had 36, as the two had several entertaining back-and-forth duels, but Drummond was undoubtedly the most unstoppable player on the night.