Jul 25, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; USA White Team center Andre Drummond is greeted by congratulatory handshakes from his bench as he comes out for a substitution during the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase at the Thomas and Mack Center. Team White won the game 128-106. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Drummond Gives Detroit Pistons Rookies Pro Advice

The Detroit Pistons don’t open camp for another six weeks.  But Andre Drummond has got the Pistons rookies getting some early work in.  Drummond called rookies Peyton Siva, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Tony Mitchell into town for some early preseason workouts according to Pistons website:

“I got Peyton (Siva) to come to town, Tony’s (Mitchell) coming in the next day or two and Kentavious (Caldwell-Pope), too,” Drummond said. “I’m making sure all the rookies come in. Last year, I was here real early. I’m like, ‘You guys need to get here early. Just because you made it to the league, don’t think you can come back when all the veterans come back.’ ”

Andre Drummond is sharing the experience he gained from his first year in the NBA with the new guys.  That experience should get the rookies off on the right foot and give them a quick look at what it takes to be a productive player in the NBA.

“And I told him, ‘It’s only going to get worse. As soon as training camp comes, it’s running times 10.’ So I’m glad to have him out here with me and the other rookies will be here soon, too.”

Andre Drummond has shown himself to be leader on this team. He powered through last season and worked hard despite being on a losing team. In the off-season, he participated in the NBA summer league and when Chauncey Billups wanted his number one, he didn’t hesitate to let the veteran have it. Andre Drummond is leading by example and by encouraging the rookies to get to camp early, it will help the Detroit Pistons eclectic roster gel quickly this season.

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