Drummond scored 24 points (10-21 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding 20 rebounds, two assists and a block in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 103-100 win over the Nets. Young Brooklyn center Jarrett Allen was simply no match for Drummond on the glass, and the 25-year-old got off to a roaring start in his quest to repeat as the NBA's rebounding champ. He's averaged at least 13 boards a game for five straight seasons, and Drummond looks like he'll have no difficulty making it six straight in 2018-19. Perhaps most noteworthy from his line Wednesday were Drummond's trio of three-point attempts. He only made one, but it's still an encouraging development after the big man went 0-of-12 from deep during the preseason.
Drummond scored 21 points (9-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding 15 rebounds, two steals and an assist in 35 minutes during Friday's preseason win over the Cavaliers. He and Blake Griffin combined for 50 points, as the Pistons' frontcourt looked to be more than ready for the regular season to begin. Drummond is heading into his seventh NBA campaign but is still just 25 years old, and given that he set career highs in rebounds per game, assists per game and free-throw percentage last year, his fantasy value may not have yet reached its peak.
Drummond scored a team-high 17 points (7-17 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-4 Ft) while adding 20 rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 35 minutes during Wednesday's preseason loss to the Wizards. The center's efforts to add some three-point range to his arsenal haven't paid dividends yet, but it's reassuring to see Drummond can still dominate the glass even when he's spending more time beyond the arc. He figures to once again be among the league leaders in boards and double-doubles this season.
Coach Dwane Casey said Monday that Drummond will have permission to shoot threes this season when defenders give him space, James Edwards of The Athletic reports. "Two, three three-pointers per game is not out of the question," Casey said. While media-day quotes should sometimes be taken with a grain of salt, it's no secret that Drummond has been working to add an outside shot to his arsenal this summer. The big man took just 11 threes a year ago -- he missed all 11 -- but he appears poised to increase his attempt rate rather significantly, judging by Casey's words. It remains to be seen whether Drummond will be able to shoot the three efficiently, but if he's able to hover around even one made three per game, it would help boost his overall fantasy profile. While Drummond shot a career-best (by far) 60.5 percent at the free throw line last season, he remains a drag on that category, though he's among the best in the league when it comes to combining rebounding, scoring and assists at the center position.
Drummond said last week during the Team USA minicamp that he has been making "at least 200 corner threes every day" he's been in the gym this summer, Joseph Casciaro of TheScore.com reports. It has become an increasingly common in recent years for traditional back-to-the-basket big men to experiment with their outside shooting during the summer and incorporate it into their games the subsequent season, but Drummond might represent the most ambitious example yet. Drummond, who has hit five of his 30 three-point tries over his six NBA seasons, has feasted almost exclusively in the paint, with 95 of his career field-goal attempts coming within 10 feet of the rim, according to Basketball-Reference. Drummond's 42.1 percent career free-throw percentage casts further doubt on his ability to find consistent success from the outside, though his 60.5 percent mark from the charity stripe in 2017-18 offers some optimism that his touch is improving. Even if Drummond's extended three-point reps this summer pay off and new coach Dwane Casey is willing to sign off on the center uncorking outside shots in the regular season, it's unlikely it would immediately become a major element of the 25-year-old's game. Drummond still holds his biggest competitive advantage down low, where his combination of size (6-foot-11, 279 pounds) and athleticism is matched by few bigs around the NBA.
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