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There are times in a guy’s career where he gets snubbed for an All Star team a time or two due to “paying dues”, or like in the case of Andre Drummond this season, because he’s just not on a good team.  The Pistons who are currently playing at a .400 clip, are not playing poorly due to Drummond’s play on the court.  Drummond, 20, is in the top 3 among all Centers in the critical statistical categories aside from blocked shots.  Let’s take a look at the numbers:

Andre Drummond
12.6 points
12.7 rebounds
60% field goal percentage
5.2 win shares

Roy Hibbert (All Star reserve)
11.8 points
7.8 rebounds
46% field goal percentage
4.5 win shares

Joakim Noah (All Star reserve)
11.7 points
11.7 rebounds
46% field goal percentage
5.3 win shares

(Don’t get me started on Chris Bosh, even though he has filled in admirably for the Heat with Wade out for extended periods of time.)

The numbers show that Drummond is deserving to not only make the All Star team, but he would be an acceptable starter if voted in by the fans.  Drummond can partially thank the recent change by the NBA to eliminate the Center position from the balloting, so now fans are not forced to pick a Hibbert or Noah (who would be the popular choices) or like in past seasons Jamaal Magloire.

He also has his team to thank for the snub.  The collective team has not played well enough in a weak Eastern Conference to elevate themselves into the playoff conversation, let alone to be represented in the All Star Weekend events.  Sure, Drummond will play in the “Rising Stars Rookie vs. Sophomores” game.  Had he been snubbed from that game, then we really would’ve had a problem.  (I believe Kyle Singler AND Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were both snubbed)
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As a group, the coaching staff and players should look to this snub as a personal affront and should serve as a cold, hard truth about how the outside world views them.  The team is broken as a collective group, but even the stars are overlooked in favor for lesser performers.  Greg Monroe is being the ultimate team player by playing out of position and putting up with career low usage.  Andre Drummond is dunking everything in sight, to the tune of what should be an All Star reserve nomination and he has nothing to show for it.  These are our 2 building blocks and they’re in the years of their careers when showing promise for the future means that they may want to stick around for the duration of their careers… and the bunch of guys around them are playing and working as if they have no clue what they’re doing or wasting away.

Maybe Drummond will receive some recognition if Noah by chance chooses not to play (he’s been injured a little lately), but even then the damage is done and the truth is in black and white.  The Pistons are so bad, even their best players aren’t good enough for the bright lights.

Turrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrible….

The 11-14 #Pistons are in Indianapolis to play the second game of a back-to-back against the league leading 20-3 Pacers. The Pacers have reached the 20 win mark the fastest in their franchise history.

The good: Detroit has a better chance than most to take down the Pacers with their front line of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. The Pistons will have to go at the basket strong, they currently lead the league with points in the paint at 51.9.
The bad: Detroit is 1-o against Indiana this season and has lost 10 consecutive games to the Pacers on the road. The Pacers haven’t lost a game yet at home, where they are winning games by an average of 13 points.
The unknown: Can the Pistons minimize the damage that Paul George and Roy Hibbert cause most nights? Will Luis Scola do what he usually does when up against Detroit (score at will)? Can Josh Smith be the Josh Smith he was Sunday night against the Blazers?
Injury Report: None, but this is a second game of a back-to-back so Chauncey Billups will be sitting this one out.

Stat: Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.5%
Fact: Andre Drummond currently ranks first in NBA history for the highest average of rebounds per game among players 20 or younger with 12.7.
Fact: Detroit is 2-4 on the second night of back-to-back games.
Fact: The Pistons’ last win at Indiana came on Jan. 29, 2008.

Tip off is at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

Vernon Macklin – Power Forward/Center from the University of Florida Gators.

Going with the same theme of the Singler post – my 2 word descriptor for Macklin is “hard worker”.  If I had to describe his style of play I’d say he’s a “bigger Jason Maxiell, without the shot blocking”.  His body reminds me of former Minnesota Timberwolf and Chicago Bulls PF/C, also from Florida, Chris Richard.

Macklin, is a 24 year old 5th year Senior from UF.  He had a hard time finding playing time with the Georgetown Hoyas behind Roy Hibbert and then with top big man prospect (and current Piston forward) Greg Monroe signing with the Hoyas, Macklin transferred to Florida and had to sit out a year as part of the rules about transferring in the NCAA.

Macklin is 6’9 245 pounds.  He’s very solid, he has a 7’3 wingspan, and a 9’1 standing reach.  For a player of his size, he has struggled on the defensive glass.  His go to move in the post is a righty (or lefty) jump hook, and really that’s about it for him on the offensive end.

Much like Singler, Macklin is a “lunch pail” guy.  I remember watching Macklin play at Georgetown with Hibbert and current Piston DaJuan Summers.  I can’t see him sticking with the team out of training camp, but he’s definitely a candidate for the D League and I think he could almost find instant success there.  He’s older than any other drafted rookie because he had sit out a year because he transferred.  He’s definitely rated as one of the more mature guys in the draft who will give Charlie Villanueva and Greg Monroe a big body to match up against in training camp, should he make it that far.

Macklin has the raw tools to improve, it’s just that his ceiling might already be reached.  If he can come in and make an impact, I can see him being another steal at #52 in the draft.  Do I expect it?  No.