Video: Andre Drummond looks like James Harden, against Harden himself, at UCLA run
Detroit Pistons young All-Star Andre Drummond recently participated in a pick-up game at UCLA with Houston Rockets superstar James Harden.
Watch the video below that was posted by Redditor ohgosh_thejosh, and you’ll surely have a difficult time distinguishing Drummond from Harden.
Sporting a beard just like Harden’s made Drummond look like the reigning Most Valuable Player. But his fancy dribbling skills and his version of the euro-step also gave credence to his Hardenesque vibe.
Harden and Drummond played in an exhibition game at the annual UCLA run, along with NBA players like Serge Ibaka, Norman Powell, Ben McLemore, Jordan Bell, and Seth Curry.
Drummond had a break-out season in 2016 that earned him a five-year, $127 million extension from the Pistons. He had been pegged as a terrifying interior presence on both ends of the floor but the NBA never imagined that his all-around game would blossom so quickly.
Early last season, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy singled out Drummond’s playmaking skills that influenced the team to have a different and more effective system. Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press had his take on it.
Drummond’s evolution as a playmaker — he has posted at least four assists in five games this season — is a key factor in the Pistons’ 7-3 start, the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
There are fewer inefficient possessions in which teammates watch Drummond try to back defenders down in the low post. There is more cutting and movement.“We tried to work me out in the paint and try to beat people up down low, but (Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy would) rather me use my quickness with more ball movement,” Drummond said Monday. “It’s just taking my post game out and being able to have the ball more in my hands and making decisions.
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