There was an Andre Drummond overload on ESPN.com today. Using Tuesday night's 18-point, 18-rebound double double as the their starting point, praises were sung about Andre Drummond that compared him to some of the best to ever play the center position. While reading through the articles comparing Drummond to the likes of Dwight Howard, thinking back on the Drummond-Howard article Pistons 101 posted, more than a few "I told you so" moments occurred. (Read our article, "Andre Drummond Tugs on Dwight Howard's Superman Cape") Regardless, Pistons 101 sifted through the articles for the best excerpts.
When we dig just below the surface, we can see the [Andre Drummond's] numbers suggest the NBA's next great center may be disguised as a role player for a lottery team. In fact, Drummond's first 46 games have put him in the conversation with Dwight Howard and Shaquille O'Neal…just one center in NBA history who has been as instantly productive as Drummond at a similar age. No, it's not Dwight Howard, whom [Tom] Haberstroh rightly compared to Drummond; it took Howard until his third season to push his PER above 20. Instead, Drummond might be most similar to Shaquille O'Neal as a rookie.
Drummond has drawn comparisons to Howard, who has dominated thanks to the same formula that made O'Neal into a legend: (1) incredible agility with a huge body; (2) great power and balance inside; and (3) the disposition to dominate the paint.Drummond has the first box checked off. And he has shown flashes of the other two…Drummond is no longer seen as a risk of a prospect, but he needs to make progress in those latter two areas to be the best player he can be.