Andre Drummond has been waiting on this moment for a long time. The Detroit Pistons All-Star center always knew he could knock down his free throws, but for a variety of reasons the work he put into that part of his professional craft never translated during games. Drummond came into this season shooting 38.1 percent from the free throw line for his career, the lowest percentage among active players with at least 20 attempts, according to ESPN Stats & Information. But Drummond has transformed his ability from the foul line. He comes into Wednesday night's game against the Indiana Pacers shooting 30-for-40 (75 percent) from the line this season. "It's like night and day," Drummond told ESPN.com. "It's been an exciting process for me to see the progress that I've put in over the years, the time that I've spent, countless hours in the gym shooting free throws. Working on mechanics, working on the mental aspect, so to see the work that I've put in come out to light is exciting that it's finally here." How did Drummond get to a point where his biggest basketball flaw has become a strength? The journey started when the 24 year-old reconnected with trainer Idan Ravin, a man who helped him prepare for the 2012 NBA draft. "I called him up after the season," Drummond said. "I told him that I think it's time to go back to the basics, go back to what got me to where I'm at. We really put a lot of work in. I worked out with him for the first half of the summer. Really on the conditioning part of game -- the free throws, obviously, and just the whole mental aspect of the game."
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ESPN | Nov 9