Dec 27 2012 10:17AM

Drumming Up Support For Mr. Drummond


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I know I predicted Anthony Davis in the summer, hyped Damian Lillard after preseason and championed Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the opening month.

But if I had to vote on the NBA Rookie of the Year after two months of basketball, Detroit Pistons' 19-year-old center Andre Drummond would get my vote for ROY for the 2012 portion of 2012-13.

He deserves it.

No rookie has a better Player Efficiency Rating than Drummond, whose 21.33 score tops even Davis' 21.26.

None of the four rooks has a positive on-court / off-court rating like Drummond, which is impressive, considering the Piston big man plays for a 9-22 team.

But what might get the media to bang the drum slowly for Mr. Drummond is a recent boost in playing time.

Pistons Coach Lawrence Frank has been bringing along his 6-10, 270-pounder slowly this season, playing him 17 minutes per game in November and 22 minutes per game in December.

Things continued to evolve Wednesday when Frank put his rookie in the game for a season-high 36 minutes and Drummond responded with 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting with 12 rebounds.

The end result was not surprising when you consider Drummond's per-36-minutes stats say he'd average 13 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks per game.

And this boost in playing time resonated with the Piston faithful because it may signal Frank's readiness to pair Drummond up with talented 22-year-old big Greg Monroe on the Detroit frontline.

Detroit is 9-22 now and it just feels like Drummond is going to start playing heavy minutes.

If that is indeed the case, don't be surprised if we start seeing signs of improvement these next four months for this young, but cohesive Pistons' team.