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Is it the End of the Road in Detroit for Andre Drummond?

Detroit Pistons All-Star Athlete’s Player Option is Catching People’s Attention

By: Kyle Forbes

Drummond has a lot of NBA contract offers to look forward to next off-season.

Andre Drummond has been the two-time All-Star and professional basketball player of the Detroit Pistons for seven years. 

The two-time All-Star is averaging 14.1 points and 13.7 rebounds on 54% shooting during his time in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Therefore, Drummond averages a double-double. 

Drummond was the ninth pick of the 2012 NBA Draft.  

Drummond’s final year as a Detroit Piston, under the five-year $30 million contract, is this season (2019-2020 NBA season). Drummond can remain a Piston for the 2020-21 season for $28 million. 

Drummond is looking forward to the free agency opportunity after a press conference at New Britain High School in Connecticut: 

“I’m a free agent next summer…Yeah it should be fun. I’m excited. I think I’m the only one that has a big contract coming up for the year,” Drummond says. 

Drummonds competition for the high-paying contract for the 2020-21 season, according to PistonPowered.com is not too much above his rebounding skill level (except for Anthony Davis who can enter the free agency by choosing the player option). 

Drummond’s other potential competition includes Kyle Lowry, Goran Dragic, Jeff Teague, Fred VanVleet, DeMar Derozan, Otto Porter Jr., Gordon Hayward, Danilo Gallinari, Marc Gasol, Hassan Whiteside, Derrick Favors, Montrezll Harrell and Paul Millsap.  

On the other hand, Drummond is a top competitor in the top NBA rebounding player 2018-2019 rankings. According to foxsports.com, Drummond averages 15.6 rebounds per game to lead the competition. 

Drummond makes a point after the press conference at New Britain High School in Connecticut by tweeting about free agency:  

“My point was I’m excited to go through the process because I have never been through it. It doesn’t mean I’m trying to leave Detroit. I love it here.” 

Drummond also clarifies on Instagram, the message to people who misinterpreted him about the free agency: 

“For those who are confused about my comment about free agency let me break this down…My point was I’m excited to go through the process because I have never been through it, doesn’t mean I’m trying to leave Detroit. I love it here. 

Drummonds’ competition in the rebound ranks from the 2018-2019 NBA statistics list are: 1) Philadelphia 76ers – Joel Embiid (13.6 rebounds per game); 2) Brooklyn Nets -DeAndre Jordan (13.1 rebounds per game); 3) Utah Jazz – Rudy Gobert (12.9 rebounds per game); 4) Houston Rockets – Clint Capela (12.7 rebounds per game); 5) Milwaukee Bucks – Giannis Antetokounmpo (12.5 rebounds per game). 

The rest of the top ten rebounds per game competition from the 2018-2019 season were: 6) Minnesota Timberwolves – Karl Anthony Towns (12.4 rebounds per game); 7) Orlando Magic – Nikola Vucevic (12.0 rebounds per game; 8) Portland Trailblazers – Hassan Whiteside (11.3 rebounds per game); 9) Oklahoma City Thunder – Russell Westbrook (11.1 rebounds per game); 10) Denver Nuggets – Nikola Jokic (10.8 rebounds per game). 

Drummond excelled in the offensive rebound per game rankings more than his top competition in the 2018-2019 NBA season: 1) Oklahoma City Thunder – Steven Adams (4.9 offensive rebounds per game); 2) Houston Rockets – Clint Capela (4.4 offensive rebounds per game); 3) Utah Jazz – Rudy Gobert (3.8 offensive rebounds per game); 4)  New York Knicks/Portland Trail Blazers – Enes Kanter (3.8 offensive rebounds per game); 5) Miami Heat – Hassan Whiteside (3.6 offensive rebounds per game). 

The rest of the top offensive rebounds per game competition from the 2018-2019 season were: 6) Atlanta Hawks – John Collins (3.6 rebounds per game); 7) Portland Trail Blazers – Jusuf Nurkic (3.4 offensive rebounds per game); 8) Minnesota Timberwolves – Karl Anthony Towns (3.4 offensive rebounds per game); 9) Brooklyn Nets – DeAndre Jordan (3.3 offensive rebounds per game) and 10) San Antonio Spurs – LaMarcus Aldridge (3.1 offensive rebounds per game). The Detroit Pistons rebound leader, inevitably was Drummond, where he averaged 5.4 offensive rebounds per game, in the 2018-2019 NBA season.  

Sources: 

  1. https://www.ibtimes.com/ 
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  9. https://pistonpowered.com/2019/08/25/ 

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