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Andre Drummond says being an All-Star is a 'surreal' experience

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Andre Drummond has been a rebounding machine for Detroit this season; he leads the league with 14.9 boards per game and has been central to the Pistons holding a .500 record. 

Drummond's career-high numbers in rebounding and points per game, alongside the improvement under Stan van Gundy, has made people stand and take note of the Pistons.

Those strong performances earnt him a first All-Star selection in his fourth year in the league, and the 6ft 11in center admits the whole experience has been surreal for him.

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Speaking to the media ahead of Sunday night's showpiece event in Toronto, the 22-year-old said: "It took a while for me to really feel it, I worked hard for this moment, now that I'm here, as the days and hours go by, it's starting to feel more like I finally did it. 

"It is a great feeling. I could not have done it without my teammates or coaching staff. We got off to a really good start, which got it out there that somebody needs to be an All-Star in the team, and I'm just glad I'm representing our team.

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"It is a crazy feeling walking through the hotel and seeing my face on billboards in the street. I was watching the All-Star game in New York last year and I told myself I do not want to come back to another one unless I am in the game. It is kind of a surreal feeling just being part of this."

Drummond also competed in the best Slam Dunk Contest ever on Saturday night but was a bystander as Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon made history with six consecutive perfect dunks in the final.

All-Star weekend is more than just a game, the whole event is geared up to help the biggest names in basketball integrate with their fans and give something back to the basketball community.

Despite having a non-stop schedule, Drummond insists he is loving every minute of the weekend in Canada.

"A lot is going on. My days start at about eight in the morning, and it is all over the place," he said. "I love it, though. I'm excited. I'm glad to be here. It is my first All-Star game, my family is excited for me. We are in Toronto, what a place to be."

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