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Andre Drummond - C, 6'11, 279
Detroit Pistons - Drafted 9th overall in 2012
       Date of birth: 08/10/1993
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 9th pick, 2012
     Out of: Connecticut
  NBA Experience: 5 years
  Hand: Right

2012 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 9th overall by Detroit.
3rd July, 2012 NBA Signed four year, $10,659,171 rookie scale contract with Detroit. Included team options for 2014/15 and 2015/16.
19th October, 2013 NBA Detroit exercised 2014/15 team option.
24th October, 2014 NBA Detroit exercised 2015/16 team option.
15th July, 2016 NBA Re-signed by Detroit to a five year maximum value contract ($127,171,313). Included player option for 2020/21.
When: Where:
2011 - 2012 Connecticut (NCAA)
June 2012 - present Detroit Pistons (NBA)
From blog:

   2017 NBA Manifesto

Andre Drummond
C, 6’11, 279lbs, 23 years old, 5 years of experience

Still hugely inefficient in the post, and although the passing out of it has slightly improved, the predictability and touch has not. Nor has the foul stroke, which remains under 40%. More worryingly, the defence is in-creasingly less aggressive, letting shots go uncontested in favour of rebounds and not getting to where he needs to be on perimeter action. He is plenty capable of such, but looks somewhat dejected at times. Still young and extremely durable, but also now very expensive, and needs to make more improvements than he has done in years prior. Particularly defensively, where he could be somewhat dominant. Could be a foundation piece going forward still, certainly, but could also be worth cashing in on depending on the trade market.

Player Plan: Four years and circa $105 million remaining on his max contract. It is not a pay packet he has yet justified. Needs a breakout year.

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   2012 NBA Draft Diary

Pick 9: Andre Drummond goes next to Detroit, a risky pick with a possibly high reward that a team so thoroughly moribund until this point can afford to make. Drummond, who looks like the love child of Amare Stoudemire and Al Horford, takes to the stage to the sound of his own biological field notes, as Jay Bilas goes to town with the phyical description of this unpolished athletic specimen. Bilas's penchant for doing this led to a drinking game being created in his honour a few years ago, and Bilas, a man of the world, knows about it. He even referenced it in last year's broadcast. Jay Bilas, it seems, wants to get you drunk.

(Remember Amare and Al's wedding? I do. Cracking afternoon. Good buffet spread, I seem to remember. Oh no wait they hate each other.)

Drummond joins the growing list of criers tonight, while Mark Jones describes how Drummond first left high school early to go to UConn, and now leaves college after only one year to come to the NBA. This is potentially disconcerting news framed in a positively light (heartbreaking loyalty, etc), and the only real surprise comes Drummond doesn't walk off from his interview half way through.

(This would have been the worst joke of the night had Jones himself not topped it, first asking Andre about his questionable motor, then wrapping things up with the punchline "Detroit knows about good motors, right?" I really like Mark Jones in this role, but not even my dad would laugh at that. Still, cheers for falling on your sword for me there.)

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   2013 Summer League rosters, Orlando Summer Pro League - Detroit

Andre Drummond

We won't know until it's over quite whether or not Drummond's career is a reminder of why mental make-up tests shouldn't be too overvalued in light of a player's actual abilities and impact, but the indications from his rookie season suggest that it will be.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 4th November 2017

Over the summer, Drummond reworked his famously poor free throw shooting, and has gone from being the all-time worst foul shooter ever to being….well, a genuinely good one. After a 14-16 free throw shooting performance in the last Pistons game, Drummond is now at an amazing 77.8% on the season, which makes him much more of an offensive threat and a late-game option. He averages 13.8 points, 14.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game, most of which either ties, sets or is right next to career highs. He is pricy, but rightly so, and a good pick to make.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 19th November 2017

While amongst the priciest players in the game, and certainly so at his position, Drummond claims fantasy value by regularly outperforming his salary slot amidst a career year. His 15.7 rebounds per game is a career high, and the massive improvement in his free throw shooting (a 62.7% mark is, in purely relative terms, outstanding) has allowed him to touch the ball more and utilise his hitherto-underappreciated passing skills, recording 3.4 assists per game when having never cracked more than 1.1 per game ever before. Like with all elite rebounders, his production is very consistent, and he outperforms those around him at the top of the fantasy centre price range. Pick him over Karl-Anthony Towns tonight.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 21st January 2018

Seemingly over his ribs problem, Drummond was simply dominant last time out, and indeed most times out recently. Four of his last five fantasy point performances have been above the 58 point threshold, a huge return on his price and good for a 53.9 fantasy point average in that span. Drummond’s rebounding is dominant, his steals and blocks useful, his offence improved, and his dribble hand-off game increasingly high value due to all the assists it is getting him. He is one of the best centres in fantasy, certainly the best tonight, and you should pick him.

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