The Detroit Pistons’ rebounding machine, Andre Drummond, has definitely put the Detroit Pistons back on the map this season. With averaging 18.2 points per game and 16.4 rebounds per game, he, along with the help of teammates like Reggie Jackson, has reignited the excitement in fans.
Furthermore, it is those impressive statistics that have made him comparable to greats such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Scottie Pippen. Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only players on NBA history to score at least 20 points with 20 rebounds three times in a teams first six games, and Drummond’s statistics are not that far from those. In fact, Drummond is the only player this season with more than one 20 rebound game. Additionally, only 12 players have averaged at least 18 points and 16 rebounds in a season, and all 12 of those players are in the NBA Hall of Fame. Thus, the potential and strength that Drummond has is very evident in this season. On Friday night, he scored a career-high of 33 points in addition to a staggering 21 rebounds in a quadruple overtime win against the Chicago Bulls.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy says, “What he’s [Drummond’s] doing on the boards is phenomenal”. This is not first time that Van Gundy has coached a rebounding machine; Dwight Howard was in good hands when he was coached by him on the Orlando Magic. It is likely that the University of Connecticut alum will make the all-star roster next year. If he does, he will be the first player from the Pistons to make the all-star team since Allen Iverson in 2009. Nevertheless, it is very clear that Drummond is the best big man in the league right now and has the potential to be a great center. Drummond is definitely a force to be reckoned with this season.
Watch Drummond and the Pistons take on the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.
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