Andre Drummond has firmly established himself as one of the best centers in the NBA at present - certainly defensively - and at just 23-years-old, he's just getting started.
One would think the New York-born pivot would be happy with his progress thus far. After the Pistons drafted Drummond ninth back in 2012, Detroit's franchise player has improved steadily every season.
He dropped a career-high 16.2 points last term and led the league in rebounds with 14.8 a night.
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So, how does a one-time All-Star like Drummond get better? Working on his 6'11", 279lb physique, apparently.
“I’ve had a very productive summer,’’ Drummond told the Detroit Free Press. “A lot of workouts. A lot of conditioning, I’ve been working on this summer. I stayed in the best shape I could be in. I’ve been working on the little things that need to be better in my game. Other than that, it has been a very eventful summer, and I’m ready for the season to start.
“At the end of the season, that was one of the biggest things we talked about: coming back in the best shape we can be in,’’ Drummond said. “All of the guys have really worked towards being in the best shape they can be in to play in those long, brutal playoff games.’’
The NBA is, of course, an athletic metropolis of talents. A player simply cannot survive in the league without being in tip-top shape.
Drummond was already a physical specimen in the paint and on the boards, but with his new conditioning, how much more effective might he become?