Andre Drummond, the next big thing

April 21, 2014

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

As a freshman at the University of Connecticut, Andre Drummond averaged just 10 points, 7.6 rebounds before making the leap to the NBA as the 9th overall pick in the 2012 Draft. Now, after two seasons, the Big Penguin is on a trajectory to be one of the NBA greats.

Yes, I said one of the NBA greats.

Drummond led the league in offensive rebounds (440) for the Pistons this season, 99 more than second-best DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angles Clippers. Over 75 percent of his successful field goals were either dunks or layups, giving him the second best effective shooting percentage in the league (62.3 percent), an improvement over his rookie season (60.8 percent).

Source: Basketball-Reference
Source: Basketball-Reference

Jared Dubin did some search acrobatics and found that until two years ago Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo was the only player in league history to average at least 13 points, 13 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals in either his rookie or sophomore season. Drummond now joins him on that list.

Among the eleven players in the 3-point era who amassed over 3,000 minutes and 1,000 points in the first two seasons before their 21st birthday, only Lebron James (19.4), Anthony Davis (16.5) and Dwight Howard (15.9) have generated more win shares than Drummond (14.4) over that span. The ones with less: Chris Bosh, Kevin Garnett, Troy Parker, Carmelo Anthony, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Durant and Thaddeus Young.

Rk Player From To Tm G GS MP ORB DRB PTS FT% WS eFG%
1 LeBron James 2004 2005 CLE 159 159 6510 210 810 3829 .752 19.4 .473
2 Anthony Davis 2013 2014 TOT 131 126 4204 372 823 2261 .777 16.5 .519
3 Dwight Howard 2005 2006 ORL 164 163 5691 575 1270 2273 .626 15.9 .526
4 Andre Drummond 2013 2014 DET 141 91 3862 609 919 1571 .402 14.4 .619
5 Chris Bosh 2004 2005 TOR 156 144 5527 385 890 2222 .740 13.1 .468
6 Kevin Garnett 1996 1997 MIN 157 120 5288 365 754 2144 .736 11.7 .500
7 Tony Parker 2002 2003 SAS 159 154 5041 66 347 1974 .727 11.5 .490
8 Carmelo Anthony 2004 2005 DEN 157 157 5603 324 600 3283 .787 11.0 .449
9 Shaquille O’Neal 1993 1993 ORL 81 81 3071 342 780 1893 .592 10.4 .562
10 Kevin Durant 2008 2009 TOT 154 154 5653 147 683 3495 .867 10.2 .481
11 Thaddeus Young 2008 2009 PHI 149 93 4134 259 430 1755 .736 10.0 .531

Like I said: The Big Penguin is the next big thing.

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