Andre Drummond entered the NBA with a lot of potential, specifically for his defensive capabilities. However, Stan Van Gundy looks to make Drummond a threat on offense also. In doing so, Drummond's offensive efficiency has dropped from 62.3 percent in his sophomore season to 51.4 percent in his third season. Tuesday night's 6-for-16 shooting in an exciting win against the Atlanta Hawks did not look promising from the box score. But was it really that bad?
The cool thing with stats.nba.com is that you can watch every shot a player has taken as well as a player's shot logs. How close were they to the basket? How close was the closest defender? How long did they have the ball and how many times did they dribble? Because of these new tools, we can dive deeper into Drummond's shots and look at why he shot so poorly against the Hawks.
Drummond had more offensive rebounds last night (8) than Atlanta did as a team (7). Two of those offensive rebounds were from his own misses, which he would then make. Two of his other offensive rebounds resulted in Drummond putbacks. That accounts for four of his six made field goals. Drummond was actually credited with two offensive rebounds on one play in the fourth, the second of which could have been deemed a putback attempt, but was not logged as one.
Stats.nba.com says that Drummond was 1-for-3 on "Tip Layup Shots." Watching the video, at least one of those missed attempts should have been grabbed with both hands and dunked. The other missed shot is kind of a situation where I'm not sure if I would really consider it a shot or not. But the NBA did, so we'll run with it.
The only shot Drummond tried more than a "Tip Layup Shot" was a hook shot. Drummond had five hook shots, missing all of them. He was 0-for-2 on "Turnaround Hook Shots," 0-for-2 on "Hook Shots" and 0-for-1 on "Hook Bank Shots." Without his hook shots, Drummond would have been 6-for-11, which is more palatable.
His other three misses were on "Driving Layup Shots" (2) and a "Floating Jump Shot." The "Floating Jump Shot" resulted in one of those offensive rebounds that he did follow up and put back. However, he had enough room that he should have simply one-dribbled in and dunk that ish in the first place. The first "Driving Layup Shot" was missed because Al Horford kind of pulled a Rick Mahorn on Drummond by pulling the chair on him. The second was an uncontrolled attempt that probably should not have happened (and Horford got a block for).
So Drummond had a bad offensive night, but that is going to happen. To have good offensive nights, you have to get the reps and then study what you did wrong on the bad ones. There are going to be nights where Drummond may be 4-for-5 on hook shots. Atlanta is a good defensive team and they can make a player like Drummond feel uncomfortable when trying to establish an offensive game. But as Dikembe Mutombo said, if his hook starts falling, nobody will be able to stop him.
Are you willing to let Andre Drummond experiment with his offense this season? Do you think it's key to the Pistons' future success? Discuss in the comments.