ORLANDO – About two hours short of a full week since the Pistons called Andre Drummond’s name with the ninth pick in the 2012 NBA draft, he will be wearing their uniform – well, Pistons-logoed practice gear, at least – and participating in his first practice as a professional basketball player.

By the time the 18-year-old leaves central Florida eight days from now, the first chapter in a very thick instruction book will have been written for him – and by him.

Joe Dumars felt comfortable drafting 18-year-old Andre Drummond in large part because he believes in the environment the Pistons have established and the mettle of young leaders Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight. By the time draft night was over, he felt even better about that environment, thanks to spending the 44th pick on Missouri’s Kim English.

Detroit Pistons 2012 draftees Andre Drummond (#9 overall), Khris Middleton (#39 overall) and Kim English (#44 overall) along with current Pistons players Brandon Knight, Austin Daye and Vernon Macklin are all expected to participate.

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that the club has promoted George David to the position of Assistant General Manager.

“We are pleased to announce the promotion of George David to Assistant General Manager,” said Joe Dumars, President of Basketball Operations. “George has played a significant role for our basketball operations team in coordinating our draft preparation, scouting, free agent analysis and administration. He will do a great job in his new position.”

In a suddenly crowded small forward field, Corey Maggette offers the Pistons something nobody else can match. They have two jack-of-all-trades types in Tayshaun Prince and 2011 draft choice Kyle Singler, arriving after a year in Spain, and a pair of floor-stretching shooters in Austin Daye and incoming rookie Khris Middleton.

Joe Dumars believes in Andre Drummond’s ability to reach his enormous potential, but he’s going to be vigilant in not throwing him into the deep end before he’s ready to swim. That objective becomes a little easier to accommodate if the Pistons can find someone more prepared to step in and help achieve the organizational goal of getting bigger and more formidable defensively.