Two things have helped Drummond improve on offense.
First, the team finally found a competent floor general in Reggie Jackson, who has been a monster since joining the Pistons. Jackson is averaging 21.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists this season – good for a PER of 20.9. He’s an innovative attacker off pick-and-rolls, and he’s equally adept at hitting the roll man as he is finishing at the hoop using his 7-foot wingspan.
Second, he has more room to operate. He looked awkward sharing the paint with Monroe last season, so Van Gundy replaced Monroe with shooters in Marcus Morris and Ersan Ilyasova. Now the paint belongs to Drummond, and only Drummond.
It starts with the pick-and-roll. By playing with four shooters, teams are faced with the challenge of leaving shooters open, or risking an easy lob for Drummond. On the play below, the Hawks try to contain Jackson on the perimeter, but Drummond rolls unimpeded to the hoop.
The same effect applies when Drummond is in the post. He’s improved tremendously on his patented baby hook, and the lane is usually open for him to get off a clean look.
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