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Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond Dominates Futures’ Game, Wins MVP Award

February 15th, 2014 at 9:38 AM
By Max DeMara

Detroit Pistons' fans have long understood that center Andre Drummond has a very bright future, but after Friday night, count the rest of the league among the believers of that fact, too.

'Andre Drummond' photo (c) 2014, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Drummond played in the BBVA Compass Futures Game and dominated from the opening tip, scoring 30 points and collecting an absurd 25 rebounds during a 142-136 victory for Grant Hill's team over Chris Webber's team. Both marks were career highs in a game for Drummond.

The performance was a virtuoso one from start to finish, with Drummond controlling the pace of play, showing off his power around the rim and remaining a gigantic rebounding force. Arguably, Drummond showed that he should have been selected to the All-Star game, which takes place on Saturday night.

Most impressively, Drummond went 6-8 with regards to free throws, which has been his rough spot early in his career. Only a 41 percent shooter from the charity stripe during the season, Drummond shot a cool 75 percent from the line. Considering those numbers, it almost seemed as if Drummond was motivated to show how dominating he could be across the court.

Considering the game featured plenty of players who had been the recipients of more press than Drummond like Damian Lillard, Michael Carter-Williams and Bradley Beal, the performance was especially important. Drummond served notice that he's here to stay on the main stage and can dominate.

Even though Drummond eventually dropped the MVP trophy, he picked up everything else in his sight on Friday night and left plenty wondering why the best rising star wasn't considered for main All-Star competition.

Max DeMara is the editor at @detroitlions101 and a contributor for @Pistons_101 and @tigers_101. Follow each to connect with him there on Twitter.

Tags: Andre Drummond, Basketball, Detroit, Detroit Pistons, NBA

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