NEWARK -- The major knock on Andre Drummond is simple: his lagging on-court effort and inconsistency causes people to wonder about him. This can be explained away by age, of course, but it's still the reason the one-time top big man prospect slid to No. 9 in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Now, Drummond is emphatic about wanting to prove people wrong.
"I know that people talk about my motor and not being able to play hard. I want to put that to rest immediately," Drummond said. "I know that I'll have my brothers pushing me, so I know that'll be put to rest."
It remains to be seen if Drummond makes good on that promise, but he certainly wasn't interested in discussing his drop any further. He was overcome with emotion when he was selected, admitting that he held his mother's hand the whole time until his name went off the board at No. 9. When asked later about going No. 9, he said it didn't matter where he went, because he's just happy to be picked by anyone.
If Drummond can become consistent, the Pistons, a team badly in need of a jolt of energy, may have finally received one.