Top center falls into Pistons lap

Joe Shermetaro

Top center falls into Pistons lap

CREATED Jun. 29, 2012

For the third year in a row, it seems as if the Pistons have drafted the guy they wanted, but didn’t believe would be available for them to pick. 

With the ninth selection of the NBA Draft last night, the Pistons selected Andre Drummond from Connecticut.

The 7-foot, 279 lbs. 18-year-old was projected to go in the top five picks but slipped past the Sacramento Kings at five and from there, no team was in need for a center.

The Pistons were in desperate need for another big man and to have the number one rated center in the draft fall to them, is definitely a great thing for this team.

Last year, the Pistons had starting point guard Brandon Knight slip to them and the year before the same thing happened with Greg Monroe.  Both have shown signs to become stars in the league and the Pistons can only hope the same with Drummond.

Drummond, not known for his offensive abilities, averaged 10 points and 7.5 rebound per game for UCONN.  He has an NBA ready body, excellent rebounding skills and is the long athletic big man that the Pistons needed.

Drummond is a project, and will develop over time while the Pistons continue to rebuild.  Remember, he is only 18 years old and will have plenty of time to grow and become a dominant big man.

This will also allow the Pistons to move Greg Monroe back to the four, his natural spot. 

The Pistons also drafted Khris Middleton from Texas A&M, and Kim English of Missouri.

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