Friday, April 26, 2013
Offseason prep for Monroe, Drummond
By Tom Carpenter
The Detroit Pistons got a 10-game taste at the end of the regular season of their frontcourt of the future, when rookie Andre Drummond joined Greg Monroe in the starting lineup. With Monroe's sound fundamentals and Drummond's pure athleticism, Pistons fans should be licking their chops when thinking about the potential this big-man pair has going forward.
This offseason, Monroe plans to work on extending his shooting range, according to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com.
“A lot more shooting, a little more ballhandling, just being comfortable being a little bit further off the block,” he said.
As for Drummond, Monroe had this to say about what the 19-year-old needs to work on next.
“Being more comfortable with the ball,” Monroe. “When he gets it in the post, knowing he has one or two spots right now where he’s comfortable scoring, because all that other stuff is always going to be there. He’s always going to be a beast on the boards. He’s always going to play above the rim. I just think him being more comfortable with the ball and getting that tenacity. He already has a motor, but just playing a little bit more angry. You hear that sometimes, ‘Just let him play a little more angry.’ Just being more comfortable with the ball.”
Monroe added that Drummond already has a hook shot that "looks really good." Drummond was drafted as a project, but it appears he already is ahead of the curve most people set for him. He will be on everyone's short list of breakout fantasy centers next season, at least for those of us who can stomach his severe free-throw woes.