If there’s one person who is excited by the Los Angeles Clippers and Detroit Pistons trade, it would be rebounding center Andre Drummond.
The 6-11 center said that he’s looking forward to forming Detroit’s own version of the Twin Towers when he plays with Blake Griffin at front court.
“It’s a new chapter,” he said. “We’ve got three new guys coming in, so it’s something to really look forward to.”
“I’m looking forward to building this new empire with him,” he added.
The Pistons are below average in total team rebounds, ranking 19th in the league at 50.5. Apart from Drummond, the next best rebounder for the team was Tobias Harris at a measly 5.1 per game. On per 36-minutes numbers, Griffin is averaging 9.5 rebounds, but in 33 games this season—due to minutes restrictions and injuries, his rebounding averages are down to 7.9 from 8.1 a year ago.
Unlike Clippers center Deandre Jordan, who is more of a defensive player, Drummond is a legitimate offensive force down low, in addition to his sweet stroke. For this season, Drummond is averaging 14.8 points, 15.3 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.6 steals per game.
Drummond acknowledged that he’s bringing more to the table in terms of offense compared to Jordan (11.8 points, 14.9 rebounds, 1.0 blocks), which should ease up pressure for Griffin to score and preserve his body for the demands of the season.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is also excited to be working with the high-flying All-Star despite his reputation as injury-prone. Hopefully, he said, the trade could inject new life into their season particularly after a brutal eight-game losing skid prior to a win over the also struggling Cleveland Cavaliers.
The best thing is that Drummond and Griffin are friends and share the same agent, Jeff Schwartz. They also train with each other during the offseason.