Pistons’ Andre Drummond says he forms a ‘nightmare’ tandem with Blake Griffin
In actuality, it has worked a lot different than expected, as the frontcourt tandem can become a nightmare for any teams that allow either to get going on the offensive end.
“I think for me, my job is to make his game as easy as possible on the offensive end. When I get him open, he usually makes the right plays,” Drummond told The Associated Press. “It’s a nightmare for teams. You’ve got to really pick your poison, who you really want to get going, and it’s scary when we both get it going.”
Coupling Griffin’s playmaking with Drummond’s finishing and relentless pursuit of the basketball on the offensive glass has a certain genius to it, allowing Griffin to operate in the post with a cutting Drummond awaiting the pass or letting him spot up while the 6-foot-11 center waits readily to ensnare a potential offensive rebound.
Drummond leads the league in rebounding with 15.0 boards per game, with 5.1 of them coming on the offensive glass. His scoring average of 17.4 points per game is the best of his career, and one he has been able to find thanks to an offseason’s worth of familiarity with Griffin’s game and thanks to his willing passes to find him.
Griffin has tuned back into All-Star form after three years failing to make the cut, posting a career-best 26.3 points per game while shooting a respectable 36.5 percent from deep and dishing out 5.4 dimes per game.