Instant analysis: Drummond shows value
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.