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Drummond Heading to Staples Center for NBA All-Star Game

Drummond averaging a double-double this season for Detroit.
Drummond averaging a double-double this season for Detroit.
Feb. 1, 2018


DATE: Sunday, February 18

TIME: 8:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: Staples Center | Los Angeles, Calif.

TV/RADIO: TNT/ESPN Radio

STORRS, Conn. –
For the second time in his NBA career, Detroit Pistons’ center and former UConn player Andre Drummond has been selected to participate in the All-Star Game, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Drummond, who earns his second All-Star selection in the last three seasons, takes the place of injured Washington Wizards’ guard John Wall on Team LeBron. He previously represented the Pistons in the 2016 All-Star Game.

Six former Huskies have earned the designation of NBA All-Star, including 10-time selection and the league’s all-time three-point shooting leader Ray Allen. Drummond’s inclusion marks the third-straight year that UConn has had a former player in the game (Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, in 2017).

Prior to Thursday night’s game with the Memphis Grizzlies, Drummond is averaging a double-double of 14.8 points and a league-high 15.3 rebounds per game. His 5.0 offensive boards per contest are second only to Oklahoma City forward Steven Adams (5.3).

Chosen with the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Drummond has played with the Pistons for the last six seasons, averaging a career double-double of 13.5 points and 13.1 rebounds.

Drummond has proven to be one of the most durable big men in the league, starting at least 81 games over each of the past four seasons. In that time, he is averaging 30.1 minutes on the floor each night.

With the recent acquisition of five-time All-Star Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers, Drummond now has the chance to form one of the most dominant frontcourt duos in the NBA under head coach Stan Van Gundy.

As a freshman at UConn during the 2011-12 season under legendary head coach Jim Calhoun, Drummond appeared in 34 games posted 10.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He was selected to the Big East All-Rookie Team following his freshman year.

As a Husky, he achieved a double-double on 10 occasions, a record for a first-year player in the Calhoun era. In his lone season at UConn, the team reached the first round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Iowa State in Louisville, Ky.

LIST OF UCONN PLAYERS TO BECOME NBA ALL-STARS

Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)

2016, 2018

Caron Butler (Washington Wizards)

2007-08

Cliff Robinson (Portland Trail Blazers)

1994

Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)

2017

Ray Allen (Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, Boston Celtics)

2000-02, 2004-07, 2008-09, 2011

Richard Hamilton (Detroit Pistons)

2006, 2007, 2008


 

 

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