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The Curious Case of Andre Drummond and His Box Score Anomalies

Dec 19, 2018 9:54 PM EST

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Andre Drummond

  • Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond already has six 20-point, 20-rebound games this year.
  • Are those numbers helpful for his team? Or do they suggest a fundamental flaw in his own game?

I need to talk about something, because it’s getting out of control.

If you look at Andre Drummond’s box scores and box scores only, he is putting up statistics this season that can almost start a Wilt Chamberlain-comparison conversation.

SIX 20-point, 20-rebound performances through only 27 games played!

To give you some context of how impressive this is, there are only 17 total in the NBA this season, including all of Drummond’s (notables: Whiteside: 3, Towns: 2, Kanter: 2).

Wilt averaged 20/20 for 10 seasons, so Drummond’s report card isn’t anything record-breaking, but if we’re even mentioning a comparison to Chamberlain, on or off the court, there are stories to tell.

Anyway, back to why we’re here: I’ve always had this thought in the back of my head, but it really didn’t ignite until the Detroit Pistons’ contest vs. the New Orleans Pelicans on December 9.

Tell me if you sense a trend here:


Drummond recorded 23 points and 19 rebounds in this game.

Do I need to say it?

I mean, I’m going to say it.

Actually, I’ll ask it: Does Drummond put up crazy box-score stats because he struggles to finish at the rim?

I know how 2018 works — the moment you mention something even remotely non-positive about a player, the hives come for you. So let me say this before any of that happens: He does plenty of cool stuff, too! Those points don’t just score themselves.

The good news for all parties involved: There’s a story to tell.