The Los Angeles Lakers franchise has been home to some of the greatest centers in NBA history. However, not a lot of them managed to do what Lakers newcomer Andre Drummond just accomplished on Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets.
In just his third official game as a member of the Purple and Gold, the 27-year-old big man became only the second Laker player to record a double-double of 20 points and 10 boards while playing 22 minutes or less. The only player to ever accomplish the feat is the great Bob McAdoo back in the '80s (via Mike Trudell of Spectrum Sportsnet).
Surprising stat (given the bevy of Lakers bigs from the 1980’s to today):
Drummond tonight joined Bob McAdoo as the only Lakers to total at least 20 points and 10 boards in 22 minutes or less.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 11, 2021
Playing without key players LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Kyle Kuzma against the East-leading Nets, the reigning champs leaned on Drummond to get the job done. The two-time All-Star answered the call, finishing with an all-around performance of 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field, along with 11 boards, one steal, and one block.
Drummond is playing in just his second game back after recovering from that painful toe injury. He did not need a ton of minutes to make his presence felt, bullying the hapless Brooklyn frontline every chance he could.
His best game as a Laker couldn't have come at a much better time. The team, after all, has been trying to regain some momentum as of late, especially with James and Davis reportedly nearing their return from their respective injuries.
Taking down the powerhouse Nets team on the road is certainly a stern warning coming from the Lakers for the rest of the league. Drummond still has a lot of games to play for the Lakers this season and don't be surprised if he continues to break records along the way.