Lakers’ Andre Drummond admits to being mired in career-worst stretch
The newest acquisition of the Los Angeles Lakers in center Andre Drummond will still need more time to adjust to his new team in order to be more effective. On Tuesday night, he came out with a disappointing performance but remained optimistic that he will be able to get his groove sooner than later, especially on the offensive end.
“Offensively, this is probably the worst I’ve played in my career,” Drummond said after Tuesday’s game at Spectrum Center in Charlotte. “I’m still trying to figure it out here. I’m not allowing it to take me out of my game. I know why I’m here, which is to help this team defensively. Offensively, it will come for me.”
In their following game against the Charlotte Hornets, Drummond struggled to be productive once again as he only notched four points, 12 rebounds, and an assist through 24 minutes played. Despite his woes, his Lakers teammate in Kyle Kuzma stepped up with a team-high 24 points while Dennis Schroder added 19 points of his own.
Still, without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Purple and Gold used a strong run in the third quarter to pull away with a 101-93 victory over the Hornets. With the win, the Lakers improved to a 34-21 record though they are still settling for the fifth spot in the Western Conference amid the extended absence of their two stars.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the tilts against the Knicks and the Hornets were Drummond’s second-fewest point tally in back-to-back contests in which he has played at least 20 minutes apiece. The record only comes second behind his four-point total in a two-game stretch back in November of 2014.
Despite the rough start, Andre Drummond continues to be hopeful that he will get to be more productive and settle in his role once LeBron James and Anthony Davis finally return to action in the coming weeks.