Pistons' Andre Drummond Throws Shade At Celtics' Jaylen Brown over ASG Selection
On January 31st, when John Wall underwent an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his left knee he not only left his Washington Wizards team a man down but left NBA commissioner Adam Silver to select his replacement for the All-Star.
While Boston Celtics' forward Jaylen Brown may have gotten an All-Star roster inclusion endorsement from Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, it was Detroit Pistons' big man Andre Drummond who ultimately took the open slot. After Drummond was given the All-Star game berth, Brown took to Twitter to show his confusion at the perceived snub. Ben Simmons, who is in the midst of a tremendous rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers, also tweeted out some displeasure at being overlooked himself.
Though both Brown and Simmons expressed unhappiness at getting passed over, it was the Celtics' sophomore swingman whose "confused" emoji tweet apparently did not sit well with Drummond. On an Instagram picture from the account @ballislife displaying the Twitter responses of both Brown and Simmons, alongside a tweet from the NBA All-Star account announcing Drummond's inclusion in the game, the Pistons' center shot back at Brown in the comments section.
"No(t) sure why Jaylen Brown is confused," wrote Drummond. "He's not even the top [three] options on his team. Got a lot of respect for Ben [Simmons], his time is coming sooner than he knows."
Drummond's response does have some validity. Though Brown has improved a lot from his first campaign in the Association, Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are the undisputed first and second options respectively in Boston's offense, while rookie Jayson Tatum is a much more reliable scoring threat. Brown is probably fourth in the Celtics' pecking order, an impressive feat to obtain on the Eastern Conference's top-seeded team, but not exactly All-Star worthy.
It is curious though that Drummond chose to single out Brown and give praise to Simmons. Perhaps there is some beef between the two on the court which triggered Drummond's decision to go after solely Brown.