DJC Morning Drive: Detroit Pistons Andre Drummond Gets Props, Chauncey Billips In The Hall and more..


Jul 30, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA center

Andre Drummond

waits for a ball during a practice session at Mendenhall Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Its Thursday and that means it is the Detroit Pistons turn behind the wheel of the DJC Morning Drive.

Now that Greg Monroe is finally in the fold, Pistons fans can look forward to the upcoming season and take stock in Pistons past and present.

One of the current Pistons making headlines is Andre Drummond.  After participating in Team USA’s FIBA World Cup championship, Drummond is starting to get National attention for his abilities. With rankings in the top 50 of NBA players national media is beginning to notice the Pistons franchise player.

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Fans and pundits are also looking back that the career of Chauncey Billips after his retirement a week ago.  While most Pistons fans think his number should be in the Palace rafters, the national media debates whether he belongs in the NBA Hall of Fame.

We cover these Detroit Pistons topics and more from around the FanSided network with the Thursday Detroit Pistons Edition of the Detroit Jock City Morning Drive.

From the Freep: Andre Drummond scores two in FIBA World Cup Rout

"Drummond disappointed in his limited action. Going 1-for-4 from the floor, the Pistons center missed multiple uncontested opportunities to score around the rim, and converted only an alley-oop from teammate Mason Plumlee. Featuring two blocked shots, Drummond’s defense was the highlight of a rather uneventful night for the 21-year-old."

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  • From HoopsHabit: Andre Drummond’s Next Step

    "Despite not playing a major part in Team USA’s victorious World Cup campaign, Andre Drummond remains the Detroit Pistons’ great hope for the future. In his first two seasons in the NBA, Drummond has displayed the type of talent that has led to many earmarking him as the cornerstone of the franchise for Detroit. With a franchise center tag on his head, Drummond has received some flattering comparisons, but do they really mean anything?"

    From The Freep: Pistons Need A Leader Like Chauncey Billips\n

    "Chauncey Billups spent time with 10 NBA teams, but he was ours. I know there are fans in Denver, where Billups was born and raised and later played professionally, who feel the same way. But, sorry, they’re wrong. Detroit Pistons fans, energized after a breakthrough season in which Chucky Atkins started at point guard, immediately embraced Billups. We recognized he was one of us — cast aside nationally, hungry to prove he belonged."

    From the Freep: No Timetable On Spencer Dinwiddie

    "There’s good news on the Spencer Dinwiddie front. Dinwiddie, the Pistons’ rookie point guard, is feeling better after suffering a significant knee injury last January at Colorado. “In recent weeks I’ve been feeling like I can do all the things I need to do,” Dinwiddie said recently. “I feel good. I feel like I can do a lot. “Like I said, there’s no timetable as far as when I’m officially going to play. I would say in the last couple of weeks I’ve been feeling really, really good.”"

    From ESPN: Chauncey Billips In The Hall

    "He was a leader in 17 seasons with seven teams, filled with positive intangibles that never reach the box score. He was a difference maker in attitude alone as Detroit won the title in 2004 and Denver reached the Western Conference finals in 2009, a locker-room presence chosen by the league as the first winner of the Twyman-Stokes Award in 2013 as the “player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and his commitment and dedication to his team."