What? The player that everyone agrees is the cornerstone of the franchise? Why would I dare suggest such outrageous blasphemy? I'm not suggesting he will, nor am I pounding the drum that he even should. But hear me out because I've been thinking about it and I do have a few thoughts. 1) Stan does not value offensive rebounds. Like, at all. Now, I'm sure his opinion wasn't formed while watching a guy like Drummond hoover them up like a Hungry Hungry Hippo, but one of his assistant coaches has stated (I can't find the link) that SVG thinks they're overrated and that going after them crushes a team's transition defense. This has some merit - Drummond was a net liability last year on defense - and while this is probably an oversimplification of SVG's position (he's usually more nuanced than to say "this thing is never good or always bad"), the fact remains that if offensive rebounding is, by a wide margin, Drummond's greatest current strength, then there's a good chance his ability to do that could be limited somewhat by SVG's system. 2) SVG values strong defensive systems. Drummond has a great deal of potential, but he has a long way to go to grasp complex NBA defensive systems. He struggled with his help defense last year and was a big (though strangely undiscussed) reason that the Pistons were one of the worst defensive teams in the league. 3) SVG will ride players hard. I don't know a lot about Drummond's mental make-up, but he's young and I get the feeling that he's not a guy that handles criticism all that well. He's a hard-worker insofar as I can tell, but he's a guy that likes to have fun. SVG can be grating to players, and I'm not sure Dre is mature enough yet to adopt that Go-To-Work-And-Grind mentality that SVG will try to instill in his players. 4) Drummond is still very raw offensively. He is an improving free throw shooter (the form is there), but he doesn't have a lot of great moves down low and he's easily disrupted and fouled. He's not at all ready to be a Howard-esque cornerstone of a full team's offensive game plan, though it's forseeable that he eventually could be. 5) Drummond has already had minor injury concerns. On their own, these are not immense issues, but taken as a whole, it may indicate injury concerns down the road. Kander has stated that he's very balanced and fluid for his height, so he may last longer than other players, but the fact that he's missed games in his first two seasons with back issues is a yellow flag, if not a red one. 6) Drummond's trade value may never be higher. He's 20. He is still on his rookie contract for the next two years. He's unbelievably athletic and is still perceived to have a very high ceiling. Everyone loves upside, and there are 29 other teams in this league that would give up a lot to get him. Heck, if he went into the draft, he would probably be the first player taken. He would pull a tremendous amount in return from nearly any team in the league. So if Stan decided that he didn't quite fit, that his negatives were too much to overcome, would he have the balls to trade him? If Orlando offered Afflalo, the #3 overall, and the #12 overall for Drummond, Detroit's 8th, and their second rounder (assuming Detroit stays there, after they draft), should he take it? Would YOU take it? Let's say, hypothetically, that Detroit ended up pulling Wiggins, and based their team around Jennings/Afflalo/Wiggins/Smith/Monroe... I'm sure SVG would have Monroe/Smith acting as a dual high-post threat, with the other three slashing. Add in a guy like Stauskas at the 12 slot, and all of the sudden the Pistons have a hell of a young team.