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Pistons should not give Andre Drummond the max contract he wants

Andre Drummond

Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond has a $28.8 million player option for the 2020-21 NBA campaign, so, chances are, he will be a free agent next summer and will surely have some suitors lined up.

The question is, should the Pistons be one of those suitors?

Drummond says he feels he is worth the max, and while some other organization may be willing to give him what he wants, it should not be Detroit.

The Pistons drafted Drummond back in 2012, and while he has been a productive member of their team, averaging 14.1 points and 13.7 rebounds per game while shooting 54.7 percent from the floor, it hasn’t gotten them anywhere.

Detroit has made the playoffs just twice since Drummond joined the NBA ranks and has yet to win a playoff series.

Of course, that is hardly Drummond’s fault, as the Pistons have made countless bad decisions during Drummond’s time with the club, but he also hasn’t elevated the franchise like a max player should.

As impressive as Drummond’s numbers are, the actual impact he makes on the floor is questionable.

Believe it or not, Drummond actually is not a great defender, as he has not been a net positive on the defensive end since the 2015-16 campaign. While his 6-foot-11 frame and freakish athleticism allows him to be a good rim deterrent, he isn’t an elite shot blocker, and he gets caught out of position defensively rather frequently.

Offensively, Drummond is very limited. Yes, he is great in the pick-and-roll, but that is the extent of his offensive game. He doesn’t have any go-to post moves, he doesn’t spread the floor and while he has improved from the free-throw line, he is still a poor free-throw shooter.

Drummond’s strengths lie mainly in his rebounding ability and finishing lobs/getting putbacks. Otherwise, he is average to below average in most other areas.

The Pistons have not been able to win with Drummond, so tying up max money into him over the long haul is probably not the best idea.

Detroit needs to rebuild and shed money rather than taking on more heavy salaries.

That means it would be in the franchise’s best interests to either trade Drummond at the deadline or let him walk next summer and put that money toward other things to move forward.