Andre Drummond Made Some Crazy History Last Night
Amid all the trade deadline chaos (like Kyrie Irving reportedly demanding a trade), we need to take a moment to acknowledge Andre Drummond.
The Chicago Bulls big man did something absolutely bonkers during last night’s 114-98 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. Despite clocking only 15 minutes of action off the bench, Drummond dropped 15 points (6-9 FG) and 11 rebounds (five of which came on the offensive glass). This performance made him the first player since Darryl Dawkins during the 1978-79 season to put up that stat line in 15mins or less (h/t Bulls PR and NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson).
I mean … that’s insane, and I guess it goes to show how unique of a player Drummond continues to be. Not to mention, he deserves some tremendous props for putting that performance together despite recently being exiled from the rotation. Drummond has registered DNPs in five of the team’s last six games. In the five games that he has played, he’s averaged just 7.1 minutes on the court. It’s not easy to muster that positive of an impact when your role with the team is in question.
“When my number is called be prepared to play and most importantly, I’m happy with the win,” Drummond told Bulls dot come. “It’s part of the game, stuff I can’t control (rotations). Stuff I can control is being a good teammate, working on my game, staying in shape and being prepared when my number is called. When you focus on the stuff you can’t control, that’s when you start getting to that dark place. I’m just here to be a good teammate and when my number is called I’m ready to go.
Look, I don’t know how much longer Drummond will sport a Bulls jersey. His name has popped up in trade rumors in recent weeks, and he certainly feels like one of the guys most likely to be on the move over the next week. But I’ve appreciated his time here thus far. All indications are he’s been a good locker-room presence and someone who works his butt off whenever he’s on the court. You got to respect it.