Jan.31 - SportLand: Detroit Pistons All-Star center Andre Drummond is looking forward to all the possibilities that could happen with new arrival Blake Griffin in tow.
"I'm excited," Drummond said after scoring 21 points and grabbing 22 rebounds in a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. "It's a new chapter. We've got three new guys coming in so it's something to really look forward to. Obviously Blake is a hell of a player, a great passer as well too so I'm looking forward to building this new empire with him."
Andre Drummond has made his second-career All-Star team after the Pistons big man was chosen to replace injured Wizards guard John Wall on Team LeBron.
Stan Van Gundy knows there is risk in the Pistons dealing for Blake Griffin, but it's a risk the basketball lifer is willing to take as he tries to land a star player for a franchise in need of a boost.
Drummond, like many within the Pistons organization, believes the pair will provide some offensive fireworks over time. The freshly minted All-Star had an interesting take while discussing a comparison between DeAndre Jordan, Griffin's old tag team partner down on the blocks with the Los Angeles Clippers.
"I think I got a little more to my game than DeAndre does offensively," Drummond said. "But I think it's going to be a lot more fun."
Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy echoed those sentiments after the win, saying that his assistant coaches believe that their short-handed team got a big boost of adrenaline in Tuesday's game after the reality of acquiring Griffin on Monday night finally sunk in and are anxious to see how he pairs with Drummond on the floor.
"Look, I'm not an ecstatic person," Van Gundy said before the game. "But I'm about as excited as you can be I guess for me in the middle of the season on an eight game losing streak."
Veteran forward Anthony Tolliver admitted being surprised that the deal, which sent Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley and some other assets to the Clippers, actually went down.
"I was shocked," Tolliver said. "Definitely shocked ... when you're not playing well as a team soYoung forward Stanley Johnson took advantage of the circumstances on Tuesday, scoring a career high 26 points, while showing flashes of the talent the Pistons still believe can thrive once Griffin, and injured point guard Reggie Jackson, come back into the picture.