Instant analysis: Drummond shows value

Vincent Goodwill Jr.
The Detroit News

Andre Drummond's defense has certainly come under scrutiny, in this being the first season he's faced real expectations.

The Utah Jazz have a frontline that's similar to the Pistons' in size and age, so it was no time for Drummond to become the invisible man again.

After a quick start, the Jazz went without a field goal for nearly six minutes in the second quarter as suddenly, Drummond's defense made its way to the 2014-15 season. Thanks in no small part to Drummond, blocking a shot, altering others and controlling the glass.

On the other end … still a raw work in progress. He's certainly aggressive, but not fluid on the interior. He scored once on a jump hook but failed in his other two attempts. He got out in the open floor, though, getting an alley-oop from Brandon Jennings that pumped some energy into the crowd.

A tone was set, as three of the Jazz' seven field goals came in the final 1:22 when the game began to open up — after Drummond exited. By then, the Pistons offense finally started cooking, with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hitting a couple triples.

Drummond finished with his first impactful game on both ends, 11 points and 18 rebounds.