Ryan Ford Detroit Free Press Published 12:01 PM EDT Oct 13, 2018 Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond begins his seventh season in the NBA on Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets. Free Press sports writer Ryan Ford takes a look at his career so far: By the numbers Drummond was an All-Star last season for the second time in his career. His stats last season: Games: 78 Minutes per game: 33.7* Field-goal percentage: .529 3-point percentage: .000 Free-throw percentage: .605* Rebounds per game: 16.0* Assists per game: 3.0* Steals per game: 1.5 Blocks per game: 1.6 Points per game: 15.0 *CAREER HIGH King of the boards Drummond led the NBA in rebounding last season. It’s the second time he has done so; just four Pistons have led the NBA in rebounding (in seven seasons), and no Piston has done it three times. The seven seasons: 1985-86: Bill Laimbeer – 13.1 1991-92: Dennis Rodman – 18.66 1992-93: Dennis Rodman – 18.3 2001-02: Ben Wallace – 13.0 2002-03: Ben … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond hasn’t made a 3 since 2017
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Julie Hinds Detroit Free Press Published 11:30 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 During Thursday's giddy, goofy, good-natured season finale of "Detroiters," struggling Motor City ad man Tim Cramblin is ready to give up all hope. "I will continue to commute to work, but my briefcase will be empty," says Tim to his employees after a plot twist involving his best friend and business partner Sam Duvet. "I will no longer pursue new clients and I will do nothing to keep the ones we have. And I ask you to do the same. We will keep going until the money runs out. Then we die. So from now on it's Camp Do-What-You-Wanna." Such a huge, emotional over-reaction is "Detroiters" at its best. But as the Comedy Central series shot and set in Detroit finishes its second season, a huge, emotional question looms over its future. Will "Detroiters" make it to season three or has luck run out for its devoted fans? To be specific, can the critical kudos for the … [Read more...] about ‘Detroiters’ wraps strong second season, but will it survive?
Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 6:14 p.m. UTC Jul 8, 2018 LAS VEGAS — The Detroit Pistons are adding veteran center Zaza Pachulia. And that means the end of Eric Moreland’s tenure. Two sources have told the Free Press that the Pistons have reached a one-year, $2.4-million, veteran minimum deal with Pachulia. Pachulia, 34, has spent the last two seasons with the Golden State Warriors where he picked up two championship rings. “Upgrade over Moreland. High basketball IQ, sets hard screens and high character,” a source texted Sunday. Fans may chuckle wryly at reading that. Pachulia has faced criticism over physical play that some call dirty. When a closeout invaded the personal space of San Antonio Spurs forward Kahwi Leonard in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference finals, causing an ankle injury, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was angered. “A two-step, lead-with-your-foot close-out is not appropriate,” Popovich said. “It's dangerous, … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons add Zaza Pachulia, will move on from Eric Moreland
Charlie Vincent Detroit Free Press Published 4:11 p.m. UTC Jun 19, 2018 Editor's note: June 19 marks the 30th anniversary of Game 6 of the 1988 NBA finals, when Isiah Thomas scored 25 points in the third quarter, despite a sprained ankle suffered late in the period. Thomas scored 43, but the Pistons lost 103-102 to the Lakers, and dropped Game 7 two days later. Here is then Free Press columnist Charlie Vincent's story from Game 6, which Magic Johnson called Thomas' "greatest game." INGLEWOOD, Calif. — There must have been someone with a heart just as big in the Los Angeles Lakers locker room Sunday afternoon. Someone with as much courage. Someone with as much desire. Someone with as much will as Isiah Thomas. There must have been, because all that he could accomplish on the afternoon Magic Johnson called Thomas' "greatest game" was not enough to bring the championship of the NBA to the Detroit Pistons. More: Where do Pistons' Bad Boys teams rank … [Read more...] about Flashback: Isiah Thomas injured ankle performance his iconic moment
Orion Sang Detroit Free Press Published 4:04 p.m. UTC Jun 18, 2018 Join the conversation by using the hashtag #DetroitGOAT on social media. It’s the debate to end all debates — or to start them! Yes, it’s time to decide, once and for all, who’s the best pro athlete in Detroit team history, here in the Tournament of G.O.A.T. A group of Free Press writers and editors got together and ranked the top 16 Pistons, Lions, Red Wings and Tigers, NCAA-bracket style. Windsor: Debating the greatest player in Detroit pro sports team history Top-seed Isiah Thomas had the highest win percentage of any No. 1 seed in the tournament, beating Andre Drummond, 98.31-01.69 percent. Each Monday, a round of voting will begin and go through Thursday at 1 p.m. The winners will be announced each Sunday in the Detroit Free Press and on freep.com. The voting will continue into July until we finally know Detroit’s Greatest Of All Time. (If you're having trouble … [Read more...] about Greatest Detroit Pistons player of all time? Vote now #DetroitGOAT