AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Tonight’s matchup at center features two players that very well could have been teammates.
The Kings passed on Detroit’s Andre Drummond to select Thomas Robinson with the fifth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Drummond was selected ninth.
Concerns over whether DeMarcus Cousins would feel threatened by the presence of Drummond and a Robinson being highly rated by the Kings led to the decision.
(And I have no reason from what I’ve been told to believe Cousins would have felt threatened. In fact, Cousins likes the idea of an athletic, shot-blocking presence next to him.)
Drummond has since become one of the most promising big men in the league. He’s one of the top rebounders in the NBA and one of the most athletic big men in the game.
Robinson has been traded twice since the Kings picked him.
Drummond had 15 points and 18 rebounds in Detroit’s win at Sacramento Nov. 15.
“(Drummond) really hurt us when they beat us in Sacramento earlier in the year,” said Kings coach Michael Malone.. Double-double and had eight offensive rebounds. And for a guy who supposedly has no real skill as a lot of people like to say, he leads the NBA in offensive rebounds, he runs like a deer, he rolls really hard on pick-and-rolls and he crashes the glass every time. And I think a lot of people missed the boat on Andre Drummond for him to get taken where he was taken and he’s only going to get better. I think DeMarcus has an edge on him in terms of strength, but Andre has an edge with his quickness, his athleticism and his explosiveness.”
Prediction time: I’m 3-0 on this trip, but this game is a toss up.
Oh well, Kings win! Maybe.
Kings 110, Pistons 102
My record: 38-24 (minus the game missed due to travel issues.)