April 12, 2017, 11:40 pm
Andre Drummond fell just short of a double-double in Wednesday’s road loss, finishing with nine points, 14 rebounds and two assists.
Drummond played 25 minutes and didn’t record another stat. He shot 4-of-9 and was at least just 1-of-3 from the free throw line. He finishes the season with 81 games played and averages of 29.7 minutes, 13.6 points, 13.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks on .531 from the floor and an atrocious .386 mark from the stripe. The rebounds, scoring and blocks were all down from last year while the assists, steals and efficiency (yes, even the free throws) went up. Unfortunately the boards and blocks are key, and there’s no chance that AD drops enough dimes to offset that decline. Drummond is what he is at this point, and it’s a wonder that his ADP was so high this year. He was top-75 in terms of per-game value and top-50 in total but remains a second round value if you’re punting free throws. Still, among centers who mostly snag boards and block shots, Drummond sits as the third best option, with a fourth player providing similar value that can be had in the late-middle rounds (we won’t name names). You’re locking yourself into a punt build by picking Drummond, but he shouldn’t dip too much further than this next year.