DRUMMOND SIGNS WITH THE LAKERS
The former Cleveland Cavalier, Andre Drummond, was bought out by the team and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are now 4th in the Western Conference and third in the Pacific Division behind the Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns. Drummond will try to replace the gap left by Dwight Howard as Marc Gasol isn’t the defensive player he once was, winning the award back in the 2012-2013 season.
Andre Drummond is a two-time All-Star and was a double-double machine throughout his career and mostly with the Detroit Pistons. However, being on bad teams throughout his career, he has had some flaws in his game. It will be interesting to see how he plays with LeBron and Anthony Davis once they come back from their injuries and what his role will be like as the third or fourth option on the squad.
Before he was shut down by the Cleveland Cavaliers due to the emergence of newcomer Jarrett Allen, Drummond was averaging 17.5 PPG and 13.5 RPG in just 25 games. On paper, many fans may think that these numbers are great, and some might be confused as to why he was released even with Allen on the team with only being 28 years old. Let’s take a deeper look into his statistics as to why the Cavaliers shut him down since February 12th.
Drummond had the highest usage rate on both the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has had great statistics on paper but has been on teams that were very bad and stood no chance in their short playoff run. Drummond could be labeled as one of the worst high usage players in the league; a 31 percent usage rate ranked him 13th in the league in that category.
Playing for bad teams, he has taken matters into his own hands to help his teams try to win games, but the outcome was barely on the right side. Drummond has made quite a few awful decisions while on offense and had difficulty finishing around the rim for a big man. He has shot around 47 percent from the field.
That is one of the reasons why the Cavaliers no longer needed his services, as they had Jarrett Allen (received via Brooklyn) and Javale McGee (traded to Denver) for most of the season. He takes bad shots way too early on the shot clock, and his post-up game has been nonexistent this season.
Drummond is a net negative on the offensive end and has not helped the Cavaliers. Drummond’s effective field goal percentage has been 47 percent.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis know what it takes to win, and the organization’s culture as a whole has been built on winning. James could help Drummond fix his problems on offense because he won’t be the main guy on offense. Drummond also needs to change his habits with playing with another star big man.
Drummond stated that he wants a max contract in the offseason but will have to prove it as teams will not come close to that offer. It’s hard to say that Drummond will get paid this offseason seeing Dwight Howard get a veteran minimum after a big comeback season with the Lakers and a championship. Drummond needs to adjust to a new system to prove his worth to other teams in the offseason.
WHAT COULD THE LAKERS DO
With so many teams making moves, the Lakers could buyout Marc Gasol with Drummond now on the team. They could see if players like Avery Bradley or Otto Porter Jr. will be available if their teams are willing to part ways with them. The Lakers do need guards or forwards who can play defense and shoot the three-ball during their run in the NBA playoffs.