To recall, Andre Drummond missed three games in January due to the NBA’s concussion protocol. When he suited back up, he bumped his averages to 18.3 points, 16.6 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.9 steals in the last 32 games. Along the way, he helped the Pistons to a 19-13 record, enough to qualify for the playoffs.
Per Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, Drummond believes that the improvement in his play was critical for the team to make it into the postseason.
“I joked that maybe I should get hit in my head more often, but I just think it was a sense of urgency,” Drummond said of last season. “We slipped a little bit in the playoff run and when I came back, if I didn’t play at a high level, we wouldn’t make it in. A switch turned on and started playing the way I was supposed to play. It was taking it to the next level and taking matter into my own hands.
Andre Drummond, a two-time All-Star, had the most productive season of his career in 2019. He averaged a career-best 17.3 points on 53.3 percent shooting from the field. He also snagged a league-leading 15.6 rebounds per game, which marks his third first-place NBA finish in rebounds per game.
Indeed, Drummond’s efforts were critical in the final stretch of the regular season. Pistons fans should expect him and the team to improve on this level of success in the 2019-20 season.
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