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.
There were seasons not so long ago when the Pistons, confident in Tayshaun Prince’s ability not only to play every game but give them 35 or more minutes a night, addressed small forward depth with nothing more than an annual rotation of limited veterans. Think Jarvis Hayes or Walter Herrmann.
The position is suddenly stacked with depth, so much so that 2009 No. 1 pick Austin Daye – once seen as the heir apparent to Prince – might have to scrap for minutes at shooting guard or power forward next season.