Dynamic Duo Forming In Detroit?
Frank admits his Drummond has a lot of room to improve, but emphasizes that the team is not the least bit disappointed in his play to date.
“You know there’s a lot, he’s really done a nice job to start the season,” says Frank. “But there’s a lot that probably the naked eye doesn’t see that we see and for us we are not disappointed. It’s part of the learning curve of being a 19-year-old rookie in this league. He makes some ‘wow’ plays that are important and then there are other plays that he will continue to learn and get better and the other variable is that the other guys in front of you are playing well. You are not going sit a guy down that’s playing well just to put a guy in the game just because he is a rookie.”
Still, with each passing game we’re seeing improvement from Drummond. He had 12 rebounds and three blocks in Detroit’s win over Cleveland earlier this week, and then posted 15 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in a season-high 31 minutes against Golden State on Wednesday night. It’s a sign that his mental approach to the game is paying off.
“Just move on from bad plays and don’t let mistakes on the floor get me down,” says Drummond of that approach. “Get back, do what I have to do to get the next possession on our side.”
The way things are progressing, it looks like the good plays will soon outnumber the bad, and Drummond will earn that starting spot next to Monroe after all.