I've seen about 2/3s of the Pistons games this year.
Drummond is being brought along 'slow' for one major reason. That fact that he is really raw.
As crazy as this sounds, another reason that I think he doesn't start is Coach Frank's loyalty to Jason Maxiell (Free Agent) who has been a Piston forever.
One more reason is Drummond's conditioning. Not Jim Calhoun, Joe Dumars, or Lawrence Frank thought that Drummond would have near the impact that he has had this season. Tayshaun Prince had a quote about 3-4 weeks ago talking about how Drummond is a really bad practice player. It all just clicks in the games, I suppose. IMO, Drummond looked gassed the last 3-4 games, so I wonder if the long season is catching up to him. He's recovering from a bad back, so I'm interested to see how he finishes the season. No doubt he starts next year.
I think Drummond's future depends on the Pistons lineup. He'll be starting besides Monroe, who is the antithesis of Drummond. The Pistons don't need Drummond to be a back to the basket offensive player. They need him to be more "Ben Wallace." So, I predict for the next year or two, we will continue to see his defensive game and rebounding flourish, while he continues to bring his offense around very, very slowly.
This post was edited on 2/7 at 3:07 pm