It’s time to put some respect on Andre Drummond’s name

PHILADELPHIA, PA – MAY 07: Shirts line the seats of the Wells Fargo Center for fans before the Eastern Conference Semifinal Game between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers on May 07, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

The shorthanded 76ers have been playing exceedingly well given the circumstances lately and that is a direct product of other players stepping up while COVID-19 and injuries have wreaked havoc. While Tyrese Maxey, Shake Milton, and Georges Niang have shined, Andre Drummond has exploded into form as of late yet nobody seems to be talking about it.

Over the Sixers’ last four games, Andre Drummond has grabbed a grand total of 73 rebounds, with the single-game high being a 25 rebound explosion on November 8th against the New York Knicks. Along with his 25 rebounds, the double-double machine put up 14 points on 5/9 shooting in 38 minutes, blocking two shots in the process.

In the next game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Drummond once again impressed, posted 20 rebounds along with 17 points, feasting on the boards and giving another solid defensive effort. Kareem-Abdul Drummond also had 3 assists in the game and he contributed two more blocks and a steal in the loss.

Drummond scored only 4 points on November 11th, finally coming back down from the flaming hot streak he had been on. However, the former Laker still posted 12 rebounds and 3 assists. His defense was what most people were impressed by as he came away with 4 blocks against the Toronto Raptors.

In his latest game against the Pacers, Andre Drummond notched another double-double, posting 11 points along with 16 rebounds to go along with 1 block and 1 steal.

Through these four games, Andre Drummond has played 132 minutes and contests 11.5 shots per game which would be 7th in the entire league. Over the course of his first 3 games of this stretch, excluding the Pacers game, Drummond contested 13.0 shots per game, which would put him in 3rd, behind Jakob Poeltl and Evan Mobley.

Drummond has been playing out of his mind and has really bought into his role as a rebounding and shot blocking center. Drummond’s signing and role has single-handley provided stability at the backup center position that the Sixers have been missing for years at this point. Not bad for a man on a minimum contract.

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