Well, technically the Pistons need everything. They need a whole lot of everything. They really need a brand new roster. But, I guess, if you had to make a choice, you should go ahead and take Andre Drummond and hope that he’s a big man of the future.
Here’s the only problem. The Pistons don’t play basketball like that. For the past 30 years, they haven’t needed a ton of size on the inside, a dominating center, as much as they have needed people on the wings and in the backcourt. That’s where they’ really excelled. The bad boys weren’t centers, they were just big dudes who played dirty. And that was fine. Plus, these days, the big man is so hard to come by. Finding one that is even serviceable is hard enough. Finding on that can change your franchise–ha, yeah right.
However, if the Pistons have a plan, then I’d like to see it. I want to see what they can do when the biggest name on their team plays the five. I don’t see it working, but the Pacers did have success with Roy Hibbert, so maybe there is a place for the center who is good but not great. The center who can play well, but not great. Maybe they’re putting in 15 points and 5 blocks and 15 rebounds? That sounds good. I’d take a double-double every night. That’s better than nothing, and it’s certainly more than the Pistons are getting right now because right now they suck.
So, I won’t fault the Pistons for drafting Drummond, but I will be the first person in line to blame them for doing it wrong if they do not have a plan to deal with Drummond and use him properly. That would be a shame. He should be a very good player.