Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond says he's been working on his 3-point shot this summer and plans to shoot from beyond the arc during the season.
At Team USA training camp in Las Vegas, Drummond and teammate Blake Griffin got into a friendly 3-point contest. When asked by reporters, Drummond said it wasn't just for fun.
"I don't do stuff (on the court) just to have fun," Drummond told TheScore. "If I'm taking those shots, (it's because) I'm working on it for the upcoming season. Those are shots that I'm gonna be taking. I make at least 200 corner threes every day before I leave the gym. I'm getting them up. I'm getting the same shot up over and over again, so I'm getting more comfortable with it. It's been great so far."
Drummond, who says he's lost close to 20 pounds this offseason, has made only five 3-pointers on 30 tries during his six-year NBA career. In 78 games this past season, Drummond averaged 15.0 points and 16.0 rebounds while shooting 52.9 percent from the field. He also shot a career-high 60.5 percent from the free-throw line.
With the league trending to more small-ball lineups and teams drifting away from the conventional post up center position, it appears Drummond is trying to adapt with the times.
"It's something the coaches and I talked about it," Drummond said. "Working on the corner 3-point shot, working on my ball-handling, still working on my touch around the basket, too, but opening my game up a lot more. It's going to be a lot of fun."
The Pistons hired former Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey and are going to be playing at a faster tempo. Now that LeBron James is out West, Detroit should contend for a playoff spot in what figures to be a wide-open race in the East.
“I think our direction is great,” Drummond said. “Adding Dwane Casey as coach, having Blake and Reggie Jackson come back healthy, myself coming back healthy and in shape, just overall really, really excited for the upcoming season and just the new start and the new team."