Andre Drummond has been good, bordering on really good, and he’s certainly lapped all reasonable expectations through his first six preseason games for a kid who turned 19 in August. But if you’re worried that he’ll become complacent … well, don’t be.
Brandon Knight attacked Lawrence Frank’s challenge to hasten his growth into leadership the way he attacks every other challenge: full speed ahead. As part of his vision of a leader, Knight wanted to make sure his teammates had no misperceptions that his interests were anything but for the betterment of the team.
In Lawrence Frank’s quest to play faster, the Pistons might get a shot in the arm from their bench.
In a game in which they scored just 85 points in Saturday’s win over Charlotte, the Pistons scored 22 of those points in transition. The second unit – at least if the outline of a rotation Frank’s substitution patterns have suggested holds – holds the potential to enable the Pistons to get out and run more than they have in recent seasons.
For nearly three weeks, the Pistons experienced almost remarkably good fortune with regard to injuries. Across the NBA, where stars from Derrick Rose to Dirk Nowitzki are set to still miss weeks or months, the Pistons won’t generate much sympathy for the left calf muscle Corey Maggette strained in Thursday’s loss at Miami.