The Detroit Pistons are hoping that a depleted Eastern Conference will allow them to be more competitive in the 2017-2018 regular season.
One of the keys to Detroit’s success will be the continued development of center Andre Drummond and head coach Stan Van Gundy wants to see some “D” added to the franchise cornerstone’s game.
“The step, to me, for Andre is to do a little bit of what DeAndre Jordan does and dominate the game at the defensive end of the floor,�? Van Gundy told Keith Langlois of NBA.com.
“Become that All-Defense type of guy. Because he’s already a historically great rebounder and to add to that becoming a great defender and build his game from there and everything to be built around the basket – his pick and rolls, going to the rim, running the floor, all of that.�?
To strive to be an elite caliber defender such as Jordan, who has been considered for Defensive Player of the Year the past few seasons, is a logical goal for any center in the league.
While Drummond has been one of the league’s most productive rebounders, upgrading his defensive abilities will help Detroit take the next step towards being that competitive team they strive to be in the Eastern Conference.