When the first eight picks went off the board, Drummond landed with the Detroit Pistons at No. 9 overall. For his first eight seasons in the NBA, Drummond established himself as one of the more productive centers in the league.
For four of the eight seasons he spent in Detroit, Drummond led the league in rebounds per game. Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin received the same treatment one night after Drummond and the 76ers faced the Pistons on the road.
After the game, Griffin was asked whether he was surprised Pistons fans were booing him or not, considering his time there as a player mainly was positive before things took a turn towards the end.