Andre Drummond
Andre Drummond
27-Year-Old CenterC
Cleveland Cavaliers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A one-time All-NBA selection, Drummond is coming off a quality season, setting career highs in points (17.3) and steals (1.7) while leading the NBA in total rebounds (1,232) for a fourth-straight year. Many of those rebounds are on the offensive glass, which has led to putbacks, fueling a career 54.3 percent mark from the field. In 2018-19, Drummond collected two 30-point games, 18 games with at least 20 rebounds, seven performances with five-plus blocks, and three performances with five-plus steals. He was especially dominant following the All-Star break, racking up 16.8 boards per contest in his final 26 appearances. While Drummond falls below the elite tier of centers due to poor free-throw shooting and a narrow offensive skillset, he's undoubtedly one of the most dominant one-category fantasy players in the league. The Pistons didn't make any major moves this offseason, so Drummond should maintain his role heading into the 2019-20 season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $127.17 million contract with the Pistons in July of 2016. Traded to the Cavaliers in February of 2020. Exercised $28.75 million player option for 2020-21 in June of 2020.
Personal Bio

Andre Jamal Drummond was born in 1993 in Mount Vernon, New York, just north of the Bronx. Drummond's family moved to Middletown, Connecticut when Andre was seven years old. He attended Woodrow Wilson Middle School before starting high school at Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford. During his sophomore season at Capital, he averaged 20.2 points, 16.6 rebounds, 7.2 blocks and 4.5 steals per game. Drummond then transferred to the St. Thomas More school in Oakdale, Connecticut and led the Chancellors to the 2011 Prep National Championship. He graduated that spring and was ranked by ESPN as the top college basketball prospect in the country. Andre's favorite school subject was math. As an adult, he now wears size 18 shoes. Drummond has been named an ambassador for the Special Olympics and is the Pistons' representative for SAY Detroit. As part of the NBA's Season of Giving Campaign, the big center joined with families and took them shopping during the 2017 Christmas Holidays. Follow Drummond on both Instagram and Twitter (@andredrummondd).

College/International Summary

Drummond's one year in Storrs was the end of an era for the Connecticut Huskies. It was the final year that coach Jim Calhoun patrolled the UConn sidelines and it appeared that he was not completely sure what he had in the towering Drummond. The 6-foot-10 center came off the bench for the first four games before establishing himself as a starter. He had nine double-doubles and averaged 10.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks. In Big East play, he had six double-doubles, including 17 points and 14 rebounds in a loss to Syracuse. He had another double-double in the Big East Tournament against the Orange. Despite having a losing record in conference (8-10), the Huskies were invited to the NCAA Tournament, but Drummond fouled out after 26 minutes in the loss to Iowa State with just two points and three rebounds. It would be his last game for the Huskies because he declared for the 2012 NBA Draft afterwards. He was chosen by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft with the ninth overall pick.

Not joining team for in-market camp
CCleveland Cavaliers
September 23, 2020
Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Wednesday that Drummond wouldn't join the team for its in-market minicamp this month due to a "personal situation," Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
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So long as Drummond is able to complete his normal offseason conditioning work at home, his absence from the minicamp shouldn't affect his readiness for the Cavaliers' 2020-21 training camp, which may not begin until December or January. Already on the books for the upcoming season after informing the Cavaliers he would exercise his $28.75 million player option, Drummond should open the season as Cleveland's starting center. After coming over in a deal with Detroit at the trade deadline, Drummond appeared in eight games for Cleveland and averaged 17.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals in 28.3 minutes per contest.
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2019

Drummond began the 2019-20 season with the Pistons, which marked his eight season in the Motor City. The big center appeared in 49 games with Detroit and averaged 17.8 points, 15.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.7 blocks across 33.8 minutes per game. Drummond shot 53.0 percent from the field. Through those 49 games, he led the Pistons in points, rebounds, blocks and steals per game. But on Feb. 6, he was traded to the Cavaliers for John Henson, Brandon Knight and draft picks. Drummond then appeared in eight games with Cleveland, averaging 17.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks across 28.1 minutes per game. The Cavs also encouraged Drummond to shoot three-pointers. After shooting only one three-pointer in 49 games with Detroit, Drummond attempted 1.8 threes per game with Cleveland, making 0.5 three-pointers per contest. For the season as a whole, Drummond set career highs in points (17.7) and steals (1.9) per game. He set a single-game career high with two made threes on Feb. 9 against the Clippers and achieved the feat again Feb. 24 against the Heat. In terms of NBA ranks, Drummond finished first in rebounds per game (15.2), third in steals per game (1.9) and ninth in blocks per game (1.6). His 53.3 percent field goal shooting ranked 17th in the Association.

2018

Andre Drummond continued his impressive statistical run during the 2018-19 season. As has been the case for the last half decade, Drummond continued to be one of the NBA's premier scoring and rebounding options. The University of Connecticut product led the league in total rebounds (1,232) for a fourth-straight year. His 17.3 points per game in 2018-19 were a career high. He failed to score in double digits just five times in 79 games. Overall, Drummond produced 69 double-doubles. Drummond also collected steals and blocks at an astounding rate. He posted at least five blocks on seven different occasions while adding at least five steals in three different instances. The center averaged an eye-popping 3.4 steals-plus-blocks per game and ranked fifth and sixth league-wide in steals and blocks, respectively. Drummond was also exceedingly durable. He has missed just seven regular season games over the past six years. Despite Drummond's 18-point, 16-rebound Game 2 effort, the Pistons were swept by the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.

2017

A demon on the glass, Drummond is fresh off a season in which his numbers - 16.0 rebounds in 33.7 minutes per game - placed him as the NBA's No. 1 overall rebounder. His next closest competition, DeAndre Jordan, checked in at 15.2 rebounds. In the 78 games in which he played, Drummond racked up a whopping 62 double-doubles. He finished with at least 20 rebounds on 17 separate occasions. His season-high of 27 rebounds was set in a February 7 win over Brooklyn. In addition to his rebounding prowess, Drummond's scoring total increased to 15.0 points and his assist total rose to 3.0. Prior to the start of the 2017-18 campaign, Drummond had never averaged more than 1.1 assists in any of his first five NBA seasons. He nearly tripled that total this past year. Drummond's free-throw shooting (60.5 percent) improved by nearly 22 percent and he shot better than 51.4 percent from the field (52.9) for a sixth straight year. It was a dominant season for the UConn product and one that resulted in Drummond being named to the All-Star Game for the second time in his career.

2016

In his fifth NBA season, Drummond appeared in 81 of 82 possible games and posted averages of 13.6 points, 13.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks. He averaged 29.7 minutes per game and shot 53.0 percent from the field. Drummond posted 66 games with double-digit rebounds, including 37 with at least 15 boards. In a win over Milwaukee on Oct. 30, Drummond topped out with 23 rebounds to go with 20 points, two steals and three blocks. In a Jan. 30 game in Boston, Drummond had 28 points, 22 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. He notched a season-high seven blocks against the Kings on Jan. 10. In Portland on Jan. 8, Drummond played a season-high 52 minutes, finishing with 28 points, 14 rebounds and four steals. At season's end, Drummond ranked near the top of the league in a number of statistical categories. He finished first in total rebounds, first in offensive rebounds, third in defensive rebounds, second in total rebounds per game and first in total, defensive, and offensive rebound percentage. Drummond also ranked 13th in total steals, while leading the league in individual defensive rating and finishing third in defensive win shares.

2015

Coming off of a strong third season, Drummond solidified himself as one of the top big men in the Eastern Conference in 2015-16. He played and started in 81 contests, marking the third consecutive season in which he topped 80 games. In 32.9 minutes per game, Drummond posted averages of 16.2 points and a league-leading 14.8 rebounds to go with 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks. The UConn product hit 52.1 percent of his field goals and 35.5 percent of his free throws. Drummond went for 18 points and 19 rebounds in a double-digit victory against the Hawks in the very first game of the season. It would be the first of 15 straight games with double-digit rebounds for Drummond to begin the season. During that span, Drummond averaged 18.1 points and 17.8 boards per game. Later in the season, Drummond had double-digit rebounds in 17 straight games from Jan. 30 to Mar. 9. He brought down a career-high 29 rebounds in 43 minutes in a Nov. 3 game against the Pacers. In a win over Portland on Nov. 8, Drummond had 29 points, 27 rebounds, three blocks and two steals. He registered a season-high 33 points -- to go with 21 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks -- against Chicago on Dec. 18. Drummond was named to his first All-Star team and finished the 2016 All-Star Game in Toronto with 16 points and 13 rebounds in 18 minutes. At the end of the season, Drummond was named to the All-NBA Third Team. He finished the year ranked first in the league in both total rebounds and offensive rebounds. Drummond also ranked 17th in steals, 19th in blocks, 13th in field goal percentage, and sixth in individual defensive rating. Drummond made his playoff debut in Game 1 of the Pistons first-round series against the Cavaliers and finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. He averaged 16.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks as Detroit fell in four games.

2014

In 82 games for the Pistons, Drummond averaged a double-double for the second straight season, posting 13.8 points, 13.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 30.5 minutes per game. Drummond grabbed double-digit rebounds 60 times, including 34 games with at least 15 boards. He pulled down a season-high 25 rebounds against the Warriors on Mar. 11 and also chipped in 22 points, two blocks and two steals in that contest. Drummond had another 20-20 game back on Nov. 28, when he posted 26 points (12-19 FG) and 20 rebounds in a loss to Milwaukee. On Mar. 29 in Miami, Drummond scored a career-high 32 points -- his lone 30-point effort on the season -- and added 14 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal. He registered a season-best six blocks on three separate occasions, including in an Apr. 3 loss at Chicago, when he also had 22 rebounds and 14 points. Drummond finished the season as the NBA's second-leading rebounder for the second consecutive year. He led the NBA in offensive rebounds, while finishing third in defensive boards. Drummond also ranked fifth in total blocks and 11th in field goal percentage.

2013

In his second NBA season, Drummond appeared in and started 81 games. He made major strides relative to his rookie year, posting averages of 13.5 points, 13.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 32.3 minutes -- up from 20.7 minutes per game the previous season. In just the second game of the season, Drummond went for 12 points and 16 rebounds in a Nov. 1 matchup against Memphis. He followed up with 15 points and 12 boards two nights later in a win over Boston. From Nov. 11 through Dec. 15, Drummond had at least 10 rebounds in 18 of 20 games. Included in that span was a 31-point, 19-rebound, six-steal effort in a Dec. 1 win over the 76ers. Drummond topped 20 points in eight other games, headlined by a 26-point, 26-rebound eruption against Chicago on Apr. 11. Drummond finished the season with seven games of at least 20 boards. He led the league in total offensive rebounds, while ranking fifth in defensive rebounds and second in total rebounds. He also finished seventh in blocks and second in field goal percentage (.623).

2012

A rookie out of UConn, Drummond appeared in 60 games and made 10 starts in 2012-13. He finished the season with averages of 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals per game. Drummond made his NBA debut on Oct. 31 against the Rockets, playing 13 minutes off the bench and finishing with two points, two rebounds, two steals and one block. He scored a then-career-high 22 points in a Nov. 9 loss to the Thunder. Drummond posted his first career double-double against Toronto on Nov. 23, going for 13 points and 13 boards in 24 minutes. Drummond posted three double-doubles in a four-game span from Dec. 21 through Dec. 28. Against Milwaukee on Jan. 29, Drummond went for 18 points and a season-high 18 rebounds. Prior to the All-Star break, Drummond suffered a back injury that would cost him 22 contests. He made his return on Mar. 29 against Toronto and was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time. In 19 minutes, Drummond finished with 17 points, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Drummond started the final 10 games of the season, averaging 11.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks during that span. At the end of the season, Drummond was named to the All-Rookie Second Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2012
    Drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
  • July 10, 2012
    Signed his rookie contract with the Detroit Pistons.
  • July 15, 2016
    Signed a five-year contract with the Detroit Pistons.
  • February 6, 2020
    Traded from the Pistons to the Cavaliers in exchange for Brandon Knight, John Henson and draft considerations.
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After a brutal 2016-17 campaign, Drummond's resurgence this past season was a huge boost for Fantasy owners that took a risk on him. The 24-year-old upped his averages across the board with 15.0 points, 16.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.6 blocks over 33.7 minutes. That placed him as the No. 1 overall rebounder in the league by nearly one board per game (DeAndre Jordan, 15.2 RPG), as well as the sixth overall finisher in blocks per game. It also earned Drummond his second career All-Star bid, with his only previous selection coming in 2016. While all of that was key in an impressive bounce-back year, it was Drummond's improvement as a free-throw shooter that may have been the biggest surprise. After shooting less than 42 percent from the charity stripe in each of his first five seasons, Drummond catapulted up to 60.5 percent in 2017-18. That's still not great overall, but if the improvements continue, Fantasy owners in some roto leagues may not have to punt on the free-throw percentage category entirely by keeping Drummond in lineups. The Pistons added another superstar in Blake Griffin at the trade deadline, but Griffin's presence only had minor impacts. Most notably, Drummond's assists fell from 3.6 per game prior to the trade deadline to just 1.7 following Griffin's addition. With that said, there should be high expectations for Drummond going into the upcoming campaign. He's going to be one of the best rebounders and rim protectors in the league, and he can put up a 20-20 double-double on any given night. Fantasy owners will always need to be wary of his free-throw shooting percentages, but his all-around production elsewhere should cement Drummond as a top-5 center and an option to consider in the first few rounds of drafts.
After finishing the final year of his rookie deal, the Pistons committed to Drummond long term, rewarding him with a five-year, $127 million contract prior to the 2016-17 campaign. Drummond didn't live up to expectations, however, prompting trade rumors to surround the 6-foot-11 big man both during and after the season. His 16.2 points and 14.8 rebounds per game from 2015-16 fell to 13.6 and 13.8, respectively, while keeping similar averages elsewhere with 1.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks across 29.7 minutes. That kept him as one of the top rebounders in the league (3rd overall), but he didn't show much progress on the offensive end. Despite the rumors, Drummond is back with the Pistons for a sixth straight season and is locked in as the team's starting center. He's still going to be a frustrating option in rotisserie leagues, as he shot just 38.6 percent from the free-throw line this past season. His 53 percent field goal percentage didn't rival other elite centers like DeAndre Jordan (71.3), Rudy Gobert (65.9) and Dwight Howard (62.6) either, and he's definitely not going to be a three-point threat considering he's hit a total of five in his entire career. Still, Drummond's going to get starter's minutes, he's fully expected to be a top rebounder and after a down year, his offensive production should only get better. That should provide some optimism for a bounce-back campaign for the 23-year-old center, making him a great option in points leagues. That said, those in roto formats will always have to beware of his horrid free-throw shooting.
Drummond has been among the most polarizing players in fantasy basketball over the past few years, and he took that reputation to another level last season. The fourth-year center got off to a torrid start, averaging a mind-boggling 18.3 points and 16.1 rebounds per game over the first two months of the season, virtually locking up his first career All-Star bid. While those numbers would wane a bit as the season progressed, Drummond still averaged a career-best 16.2 points per game while leading the league in rebounding (14.8 per game) for the first time. Now for the bad news: of the more than 300 players who attempted at least 15 free throws last season, Drummond ranked dead last in free-throw percentage, sinking to a career-low 35.5 percent on more than seven attempts per game. While the rebounding numbers were obviously elite -- Drummond also added 1.4 blocks and a career-high 1.5 steals per game -- such a dreadful free-throw percentage on a relatively high volume of attempts yet again rendered Drummond a frustrating commodity in rotisserie leagues. His 52.1 percent mark from the field, on the low end for centers, was another difficult pill to swallow. As he enters his age-23 season, there's little reason to believe Drummond's counting stats will drop off, and he remains an elite player in points leagues. In roto formats, however, Drummond comes at an inherent discount, barring what would be an unexpected and fairly unprecedented improvement at the charity stripe.
Drummond is entering his fourth season in the NBA after averaging 13.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.9 blocks in 31 minutes per game through 82 games last season. While he made jumps in his per-minute numbers last season, Drummond played nearly two less minutes per game (2013-14: 32.3 minutes, 2014-15: 30.5 minutes) in his first season under coach Stan Van Gundy. Some people will take that dip in minutes as a sign of Van Gundy limiting the big man's minutes, but Drummond's shorter mintues were probably more related to the fact that Van Gundy tried desperately to keep Drummond and Greg Monroe on the court separately. Now, with Monroe signed to a three-year deal with the Bucks, Drummond should have a wide birth of mintues available in the Pistons frontcourt. Through 11 games playing without Monroe last season, Drummond averaged 16.9 points, 14.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.1 steals, and 2.4 blocks in 34 minutes per game while shooting 54 percent from the field and 46 percent from the line. Those numbers were good for an eight-category ranking of 43rd last season. In fantasy, it's important to note that players like Drummond, who shoot a lot of free throws at a terrible clip, are essentially poison pills in rotisserie leagues due to how negatively they impact the free-throw percentage category. However, in head-to-head leagues where the percentages only account for a one-week sample size, the resetting of stats from week to week makes players like Drummond much more valuable. In the course of a week, Drummond will almost assuredly get his average number of counting stats (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, and three-pointers) as long as he gets his normal minutes, but there's no telling what percentage a player will shoot from week to week. In other words: draft Drummond with abandon in h-2-h leagues, but avoid him like the plague in rotisserie leagues that use free-throw percentage as a stat.
Drummond is entering his third season in the NBA. In his sophomore campaign, Drummond averaged 13.5 points, 13.2 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.6 blocks in 32 minutes per game while playing 81 out of 82 contests. He shot 62 percent from the field on 9.5 attempts per game and 42 percent from the free-throw line on 4.0 attempts per game. Drummond improved his production in every category except blocks last season, and his player efficiency rating (PER) of 22.65 was the 13th best in the NBA. He also lead the league in total offensive rebounds (440), which was 109 more offensive rebounds than DeAndre Jordan, who was second in the league in total offensive rebounds and played one more game than Drummond. His most common comparison for a career trajectory in the NBA has been Dwight Howard, so the addition of Howard's former head coach Stan Van Gundy as the Pistons' coach and president could lead to Drummond taking more leaps in his development this season. Drummond's poor free-throw shooting makes him a liability in rotisserie leagues, but his relatively low number of attempts from the free-throw line limits the damage he can do in that category. On the flip side, Drummond's dominance in counting stats (points, rebounds, steals, blocks) make him one of best centers in head-to-head leagues, and his field-goal percentage (62 percent) was the second best in the league behind Jordan, which plays well in any format.
When healthy, Drummond was one of the more impressive rookies of the 2012 Draft Class. He averaged 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steal while playing primarily as a reserve and seeing just 21 minutes per game. While those numbers aren't altogether eye-popping, Drummond's strong finish as a part of the starting five down the stretch, and his stellar per-36 averages (13.8 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, 1.7 steals) hint at his vast potential. Despite the promise Drummond has flashed, his immediate fantasy impact could be quelled some by his struggles at the charity stripe. Drummond shot a horrendous 37 percent from the line in his rookie campaign, and freebies were an issue during his lone season at UCONN, too. But even with the free-throw risk factored in, Drummond remains one of the more likely breakout candidates this season. The 20-year-old has a raw but developing offensive game, superior athleticism for a player his size and game-changing ability on the defensive end of the court. Plus, he's expected to be cemented into the Pistons' starting center job for the entire season. Don't be afraid to reach a round or two early for Drummond – plenty of other owners will likely be planning the same.
Once believed to be a potential No. 1 over pick, Drummond’s stock dropped after a up-and-down freshman campaign at UConn. As a result, he dropped to the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft where Detroit happily selected him. At 7-0, 279, Drummond has the body of a true NBA center. He’s also an absolute beast on the defensive end of the court, racking up 2.7 blocks per game during his lone season in college. But the one area where Drummond needs to refine his skills is on offense. The 19-year-old center shot just 29.5 percent from the free-throw line while having troubles establishing any sort of back-to-the-basket post-up game last year. He lacks a go-to post move and the necessary footwork to thrive at the NBA level immediately, but Drummond is expected to get better in those areas, and as the second youngest player in his draft class he has plenty of time to figure things out. The Pistons figure to patient with Drummond, but if he can take strides in his offensive development, he could see enough run to be a factor in blocks and rebounds by the All-Star break.
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Undergoes LASIK surgery
CCleveland Cavaliers
September 3, 2020
Drummond announced Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that he underwent LASIK eye surgery.
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Will exercise player option
CCleveland Cavaliers
June 23, 2020
Drummond said Tuesday that he will exercise his $28.75 million player option for the 2020-21 season, ESPN.com reports.
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Posts well-rounded stat line
CCleveland Cavaliers
March 10, 2020
Drummond dropped 21 points (8-14 FG, 5-9 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 35 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.
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Huge outing in return
CCleveland Cavaliers
March 9, 2020
Drummond (calf) registered 28 points (11-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-11 FT), 17 boards, three blocks and an assist across 33 minutes Sunday in the Cavaliers' 132-129 overtime victory over the Spurs.
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Will play Sunday
CCleveland Cavaliers
March 8, 2020
Drummond (calf) will play Sunday against San Antonio, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
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