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Yes, I said it and don’t you forget it.  Andre Drummond will erase Darko Milicic from the minds of Pistons fans.

Andre DrummondHe hasn’t played a single official NBA game, but by the looks of things “Andre The Giant” is going to make every team that passed him up cringe when they go up against him.

If you’re like me you enjoy the preseason to get a chance to see what the new kids on the block can do.  Drummond has done nothing but impress in my eyes.  Take for instance Friday night’s game against the Hawks when he went up against one of my favorite non Pistons Al Horford.  Al tried take advantage of Andre, but when Horford when up for his shot, Drummond swatted it away like it was nothing more than his little sister trowing a wiffle ball his way.

Drummond played  just 16.5 minutes per game in the preseason, but still managed to average 9 points, 5.9 rebounds per game and 1.4 blocked shots.

He’s going to have to work on his foul trouble and will have to put in more work at the line that all of the Pistons combined, but right now the sky is the limit for Drummond.

I made a bet that’s a sure lock about Andre.  I said he’d be starting by January, but right now I think it may be much sooner than that.  Even this quote from Lawrence Frank seems to confirm it.

Angry Cartoon Lawrence FrankLawrence Frank: “People say development — well that means playing time, to me development is always based on merit because the worst thing – you can look at it with a exception of a couple guys — guys who don’t get it based on merit, it usually doesn’t play out real well for them. Guys that get it based on merit, they understand the process. To me, whether you are young or old, it has to be based on merit.”

“He is a sponge,” Frank added. “He soaks it all up. It is one of his greatest traits. He is a very, very willing learner. He is a fun guy to coach.”

“He is still 19 and still a rookie, but he is picking up everything they are trying to help him (with),” Monroe said. “You can never put expectations on an unknown. It’s not like this is a guy who has played for two years. This is a guy without any kind of NBA action, so everything that happens is kind of going to be a surprise. I am interested to see how he does. Obviously, I hope he does well because he can help our team out a whole lot.”

Is Andre going to help erase the black mark on his GM career that is the Human Victory Cigar Darko Milicic? Yes, but there will always be those people what said that Drummond fell to the Pistons. You know and I know that he did, but at this point we shouldn’t really care because he’s going to be putting up numbers for the red, blue and white.

If you’re not convinced that Drummond is going to do great things, just check out the great highlight mix made by DJxNVxME

OBEY – Andre the Giant

Yes he’s played just a handful of preseason games for the #Pistons.  Yes he hasn’t really proved himself in the NBA.  Yes he’s just a 19 year old Lottery Pick “project,” but you can bet Andre Drummond is already turning heads in Detroit and the NBA.

ROY…maybe.
DunkTastic…yup.
Making the Palace a Block Party every time he steps on court…you bet.
Game changer…it looks that way.
Jump on the Andre the Giant bandwagon before it’s full.

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Viacheslav Kravtsov Cartoon Need4Sheed.comThe #Pistons rookie Viacheslav Kravtsov Tooned.

After Pistons fans got their first official glimpse of Kravstov the other night against the Raptors, I knew he was going to be a fan favorite.  I tooned the center from the Ukraine and am awaiting a nickname for the new big man in town.

No Twitter of Facebook pages found for Kravtsov just yet, but you can be sure I’ll let you know when I find something.

The Pistons kick off the preseason Wednesday night at the Palace. That may not excite most people, but there are many Pistons fans that can’t wait to see what the future holds for their team.

I’ll admit that I’ve taken a little extra time on my summer vacation, heck I haven’t even tooned Viacheslav Kravtsov, or learned how to spell his name for that matter, but I really haven’t been this excited to watch this team in quite some time.

No, they’re not vying for championships, but there seems like there may be some magic surrounding the team again.

  • What will Kyle Singler, who’s seemed to have a very productive season in Europe bring to the team?
  • Is Andre Drummond all that we hope he’s going to be?
  • Will Brandon Knight have a breakout season?
  • Will we have a Need4Swede?
  • Can Greg Monroe make the All Star team?
  • Is Jason Maxiell going to see any time?
  • We don’t have Ben Gordon right?
  • Will Rodney Stuckey be the leader that they wanted him to be?
  • Can Austin Daye prove he should be in this league?
  • Will Kim English and Khris Middleton make the roster?
  • Can Corey Maggette still contribute?
  • Can Will still be Bynumite?
  • Will Monroe, Drummond and Kravtsov be our Big Three?
  • Will Tayshaun play the entire season for Detroit or be traded?
  • Will Ben Wallace really stay retired? The other Wallace is back with NY.
  • Will Charlie Villanueva play more minutes than me?
  • Will Tom Gores be the next contestant on Dancing with the Stars?

So many questions, and a full season for the answers.

It’s not always sexy to pay attention to NBA preseason games, but I for one love to soak things up and take a look at what’s new with the Pistons.

May the Gores be with all of us…

The Pistons take on the Raptors Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Tip off is at 7:30 and will be broadcast on FSN Detroit.

The 12-26 Pistons will be in Toronto to take on the 13-25 Raptors Friday night. It’s certain Detroit would like to get a win and snap their 5 game road skid.

The big story however is not the game, but the drama surrounding the proposed trade of Rip.  When Hamilton was a DNP Coaches decision in Wednesday night’s home game against Memphis he didn’t seem that happy.

Rip Hamilton “They didn’t tell me anything, I was definitely surprised.” “Do I think it was a level of disrespect or unfair or anything? I’ll leave that to you all.”

The longer this goes on the worse the whole situation is going to become. And while it looks like the whole ‘Melo deal and it’s drama and agenda’s probably won’t get done, it’s even less likely that another team will trade for Rip. Which could cause serious issues for the team and management.

As for the game, Ben Wallace is listed as doubtful. Who knows who is going to play or what the starting lineup will be.  This should be fun.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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The Pistons will be playing a back-to-back with a game at home against the Kings.  If you need something to do Saturday night, what better plan than to go see the Pistons for as little as $10 dollars.

Tip off is at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM

Leave your thoughts in the comments or Chat Live with your fellow Pistons fans during the game.

Early in the first quarter when the The Swede went down and didn’t get up quickly, you could tell by the look on his face it might just be serious. Turns out Jonas Jerebko
sustained what might be a significant injury to his right Achilles tendon.

The Pistons have initially called Jerebko’s injury a strain but said they would know more after he was examined by team doctors Wednesday. Jerebko left the locker room on crutches.

The second half didn’t help either with rookie Terrico White suffering a broken bone in his right foot.

I know this hurts the development of White, but a serious injury to Jerebko is just what the Pistons don’t need. Especially after their showing Tuesday night’s showing in Miami.

Cartoon Terrico WhiteYou knew this one was coming too!  Terrico White, the Detroit Pistons dunking sensation is has  been tooned.

T-Mack, Greg Monroe and now Terrico.  Unless Dumars makes some moves soon these may be it as far as new toons for the Pistons season.  Unless we get a great new owner and I feel the need to toon them.

If you missed what White did during the Rookie photoshoot, here it is.

SwedetastocThough we in the D think he should have made the 1st.

Via Pistons.com

“Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry and Brandon Jennings – the three Rookie of the Year front-runners, the award Evans won on Thursday – were joined on the first team by Taj Gibson and Darren Collison. Jerebko was named to the second team along with two lottery picks, James Harden and Jonny Flynn, and two other second-rounders, DeJaun Blair and Marcus Thornton.

Jerebko finished the season with averages of 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in nearly 28 minutes a game, shooting .481. He started 73 games, the most by a Pistons rookie since Kelly Tripucka started all 82 in 1981-82. Jerebko finished third among rookies in rebounding, behind Chicago’s Gibson and San Antonio’s Blair, fifth in minutes, eighth in steals and 10th in scoring.”