Lakers’ Andre Drummond Reveals Why He wasn’t Able to Dominate in 2019-20 Season

Published 07/07/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Apr 13, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond (2) drives into Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo (8) during the first quarter at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers were one victim of playoff injuries this year. A record 9 All Stars suffered injuries during these playoffs; Anthony Davis of the Lakers was one of them. Hence, they took a first round exit to the Phoenix Suns, with LeBron carrying the whole load for the Lakers.

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After winning the championship in Orlando, Lakers wanted to create a younger team. They traded for talented young stars such as Dennis Schroder and Andre Drummond. However, the new signings turned out to be a bust in the playoffs where it really mattered.

Jun 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) battles for the ball with Phoenix Suns forward Torrey Craig (12) and forward Mikal Bridges (25) in the first half during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Schroder’s averaged dropped to 14 points in the playoffs shooting just 30% from the field. Moreover, in game 5 against the Suns Schroder scored no points in 26 minutes of play.

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Andre Drummond wants more Game Time with the Lakers

Andre Drummond averaged just 21 minutes per game in the playoffs. In those minutes he gave them 9 points and 11 rebounds. This was because they needed a center who can spread the floor. Hence, Drummond’s place was taken by Marc Gasol in game 6, where Drummond did not play a single minute.

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While Drummond is an elite rebounder, he had no assists in the 5 games he played in. Drummond does not have the ability to make plays, he is more of a paint dominant center who grabs rebounds. However, Marc Gasol is a versatile big man who knows how to spread the floor and can also shoot from beyond the arc.

In a recent Instagram interaction, Drummond said that he could dominate the paint like Brook Lopez or DeAndre Ayton if he got more play time.

Now, there is no doubt if Drummond plays more minutes he will dominate the rebounds and score a bit more than he does right now. The two time All-star has been the rebounding leader 4 times in the league. However, Lakers need players to make plays.

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This offseason will be crucial for the Lakers as they want to be back in contention for the championship. Due to lack of game time, Andre Drummond may decide to leave the Lakers and go to a team where he gets more game time.

May 15, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond (2), forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) all talk during a timeout in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Do you think Andre Drummond deserves more game time with the Lakers?

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