Last week, we compared the Grand Rapids Drive’s 2017-18 season as a roller coaster.
This past week has been a microcosm of the season as a whole, unexpected twists and turns throughout the ride.
Dec. 7th: The Drive announced interim coach Ryan Krueger would take over head coaching duties on a full-time basis. Rob Werdann is to return to his previous job, pro scout for the Pistons, while tending to a private family matter.
Dec 8th: Derek Willis scored 25 points to lead the Drive (7-9) to a 101-87 victory at home over Raptors 905 (4-9). Bronson Koenig added 17 points, Landry Nnoko double-doubled with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Speedy Smith was perfect from the field (6-for-6) for 13 points.
Grand Rapids led by 26 at one point and held the defending G League champions to 11 points in the second quarter. The Drive shot over 50% (14-of-27) from behind the three-point line. The win put the Drive just two games under .500 for the season.
Dec 11th: The team activated returning player Marcus Simmons.
Simmons, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound guard from Southern Cal was with the Drive in 2016-17. He averaged 5.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 25 games. Simmons was the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.
After adding Jon Horford to the active roster, the Drive waived Wesley Da Silva and Muskegon’s Chris Anderson, a fan favorite.
Dec 13th: The Canton Charge (6-7) used 70 points from their bench to beat the Drive 113-102 in Ohio. Seven Charge players scored in double figures.
Canton jumped out to an early lead in the first five minutes and led by as many as 23 in a contest that was never in doubt. The Drive fell to 7-10.
Luis Montero led the Drive with 20 points and Nnoko had another double-double (17-13). Simmons played 18 minutes in his debut, going 2-for 7 from the field for six points but also three fouls and three turnovers. Willis was inactive.