Drummond totaled 16 points (5-11 FG, 6-12 FT), six rebounds, six assists and two steals during Monday's preseason win over Brooklyn. Drummond unsurprisingly had a rough night at the charity stripe but that shouldn't completely overshadow the fact that he was dominant in other areas. Drummond will most likely play the backup role to Joel Embiid to start the season, so his opportunities will likely be reduced compared to years past. However, Drummond should still be roster-able in most season-long leagues, and he'll be a popular DFS target whenever Embiid is out of the lineup.
Drummond finished with 19 points (6-9 FG, 7-8 FT), 14 rebounds, four blocks and three assists in 24 minutes during Monday's preseason opener against Toronto. Drummond dominated on the glass and was impressive from the charity stripe in his first action of 2021. Unfortunately for him, this impressive performance won't count towards his regular-season stats. Drummond converted on just 60 percent of his free throws a season ago, so his efficiency at the line will be worth watching heading into the new campaign.
Drummond will start Monday's preseason opener against the Raptors, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports. The important context here is that Joel Embiid (rest) will not suit up, nor will Tobias Harris, so the Sixers are without their two best players. Drummond will start at center alongside Georges Niang, Danny Green, Seth Curry and Tyrese Maxey, but during the regular season he projects to serve as Embiid's primary backup.
Drummond and the Sixers agreed to terms Tuesday on a one-year contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Drummond is coming off of an unceremonious finish to the season with the Lakers, as he never quite found a consistent role and struggled on defense in the team's Round 1 loss to the Suns. At this point in his career, Drummond's flaws are well-known, but he remains an elite volume rebounder and lob finisher who's averaged at least 1.0 block and 1.0 steal in each of his nine NBA seasons. In Philly, Drummond will slot in as the primary backup to Joel Embiid, essentially filling the role vacated by Dwight Howard.
Drummond is expected to move to the bench in Game 6 against the Suns on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Drummond's time in the starting lineup looks to be over, at least for now, as the team is planning to start Marc Gasol in a do-or-die situation. Across 21.0 minutes per game so far in the series, Drummond has averaged 9.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.
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