Andre Drummond Wants to Build New Empire with Blake Griffin After Pistons Trade

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2018

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 30: Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons dunks while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Little Caesars Arena on January 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 125-114. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond is ready to welcome Blake Griffin to the Motor City following Monday's blockbuster trade that sent Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and a pair of draft picks to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for the All-Star forward. 

"I'm excited," Drummond told reporters after Tuesday's 125-114 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN.com's Nick Friedell"It's a new chapter. We've got three new guys coming in, so it's something to really look forward to. Obviously, Blake is a hell of a player, a great passer, as well too, so I'm looking forward to building this new empire with him."

With Griffin in the fold, the Pistons now own one of the NBA's most talented frontcourt tandems.

And while Griffin will need some time to get up to speed in head coach Stan Van Gundy's offense, his adjustment figures to be made easier since he'll be shifting from playing alongside one rim-running center in DeAndre Jordan to another in Drummond. 

However, Drummond admitted Tuesday he thinks he can bring more to the table than Griffin's former Lob City running mate. 

"I think I got a little more to my game than DeAndre does offensively," Drummond said, per Friedell. "But I think it's going to be a lot more fun."

He has a point. 

While Drummond and Jordan are quite similar on paper—they're the only players averaging at least 11 points and 14 rebounds per game this season—Drummond is a bit more adept at creating offense for himself off the dribble compared to Jordan, who's largely reliant on lobs and second-chance opportunities. 

To that end, Drummond has been assisted on 50.7 percent of his made field goals this season, while Jordan is sitting at 67.0 percent. 

Griffin, meanwhile, is one of four players—along with LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins—who's posting better than 20 points, seven boards and five assists per game this season. 

Assuming he passes his physical, Griffin could make his Detroit debut Thursday against the Memphis Grizzlies

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