Andre Drummond has been the only member of the Detroit Pistons not to receive criticism this season from fans and analysts alike and it hasn’t gone unnoticed around the league. Drummond was voted in to play in the Rising Stars Challenge during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend; a game between the league’s most outstanding rookie and sophomore players. The two teams will be drafted by TNT personalities from a pool of 18 players that was previously selected by assistant coaches around the league and will be played on February 14th at 9 p.m.
This should not be Drummond’s only appearance of All-Star Weekend.
The All-Star starters were voted in by the fans, three front-court players and two back-court players. The starters for the Eastern Conference include; LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, and Dwayne Wade. The head coaches in the East will determine who the final reserve players are, they must select two back-court players, three front-court players, and two wild card players.
The Pistons’ 6-foot-10 center deserves to be included in this game. First of all, the only intent of the entire weekend is to draw in and entertain fans as much as possible. Players like Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls and Anderson Varejao are fine players and key assets to their teams, but they do not have the explosive and exciting offensive-talent that Drummond brings. Fans want to see alley-oops and put-back dunks, if coaches are going to name a player to the All-Star game for their two-way talent then they should’t look past Drummond.
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Secondly, Drummond has the numbers that are deserving of an All-Star selection. He leads the East in double-doubles, offensive rebounds (5.1 per game), and total rebounds (12.7 per game). He also adds 12.6 points (on 60% shooting), 1.6 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game. He is a young and exciting player who has had an outstanding first half of the season on a team that is experiencing constant turmoil. Including him in the game would attract more fans than it would by adding a player who’s team is already represented.
The All-Star reserves will be announced Thursday night at 7 p.m. on TNT. Even if Drummond is snubbed this season, he will continuously be in the All-Star conversation for the rest of his career.
Wednesday’s scheduled matchup between the Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks was postponed due to severe weather conditions in the Atlanta area. Detroit isn’t back in action until Saturday night as they take on the Philadelphia 76ers at The Palace of Auburn Hills.