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Andre Drummond in Rising Stars Challenge

Andre Drummond is back in the Rising Stars Challenge.
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Before the season, perhaps you would have thought that a Detroit Piston would make the actual All-Star Game. Then this year happened. However, there will still be a Piston at All-Star weekend, as once again Andre Drummond will be in the Rising Stars Challenge game.

Well, that's nice, I guess. I mean, Drummond still has a very bright future, and with a bit more usage (and a better record for his team) he could have been a true All-Star. Instead, he'll just dunk on dudes in a game with zero defense. Josh Smith got big money, but he's been a major issue thus far. I mean, he's still a good player, but he's been very good, and All-Star worthy, in the past. Now he's jacking threes. Greg Monroe has been the guy lost in the shuffle, and he's taken a step back too. The Pistons are less than the sum of their parts, and so no All-Stars for them.

No rookies from the Pistons in the Rising Stars Challenge. Sorry, Peyton Siva fans. The only thing holding him back is the fact that he's basically the worst player in the NBA. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hasn't gotten nearly involved enough, which isn't his fault. Look at that team around him. Maybe a Piston will be in the dunk competition. I could see that. Probably not, though. We've got Drummond at least.

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