Pistons’ Andre Drummond makes NBA history with 4th 20-20 game of young season
Andre Drummond kept it going for the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, as he notched another monster double-double with 25 points and 20 rebounds, along with six assists, three steals, and five blocks in 39 minutes of action. The Pistons came from behind to beat the Brooklyn Nets, 113-109.
This was Drummond’s fourth 20-20 game of the new season, and as pointed out by NBA stats guru Justin Kubatko, the prized big man has achieved a very impressive feat with his hot start to the new campaign:
The @DetroitPistons Andre Drummond is the only player since the ABA-NBA merger to record at least four 20-point, 20-rebound games in his first seven games of a season. The last player to do so pre-merger was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975-76.
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) November 3, 2019
At the moment, Drummond is averaging 22.1 points (on 61.0 percent shooting), 18.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.7 steals, and 2.6 blocks in seven starts thus far. He has been the driving force of a Pistons side that currently stands at 3-4 to start the new year.
On Saturday, Drummond had to take matters into his own hands, with a shorthanded Pistons side missing out on the services of Blake Griffin, Reggie Jackson, and Derrick Rose.
Drummond did get some help from Bruce Brown (22 points, seven assists) and Luke Kennard (24 points, three 3-pointers), but at this point, it is clear that Drummond has been Detroit’s best player thus far.
The Pistons have a relatively easy week ahead, as they start things off on Monday with a matchup against a struggling Washington Wizards side. Detroit will then host the New York Knicks on Wednesday before capping off the three-game week against the Indiana Pacers on Friday.
More of the same will be expected of Drummond moving forward. While he will probably cool off at some point, it would not be surprising if he ends up setting career-best marks this season.