Detroit — It was a big week for the Pistons, getting a new franchise cornerstone.
It also was a big week for Andre Drummond, one of the biggest beneficiaries of adding Blake Griffin to the fold.
Drummond was named Eastern Conference player of the week on Monday, after averaging 19.3 points — and shooting 64 percent from the field — with 19 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.7 blocks, in leading the Pistons to victories over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat.
Last week, Drummond also earned his second career All-Star selection, as a reserve on the Team LeBron squad.
Against the Heat, Drummond had 23 points, 20 rebounds, four steals and four blocks, becoming the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1989 post such a stat line. Drummond leads the NBA in rebounding (15.3) and is posting career highs in assists (3.8) and steals (1.7) and minutes (33.1) this season.
“He was tremendous (against the Heat),” coach Stan Van Gundy said Monday. “He was outstanding. He and Ish (Smith) were the guys who had the big games.
“Getting a 20-20 is not easy; it doesn’t happen a whole lot.”