Andre Drummond Records Career-Best Night with Huge Line vs. Sixers

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2013

USA Today

Andre Drummond is a budding star at center for the Detroit Pistons, and he proved as much on Sunday with a monstrous outing against the Philadelphia 76ers

In a 115-100 win over the Sixers, Drummond compiled career highs in three categories, scoring 31 points, pulling down 19 rebounds and racking up six steals in 33 minutes of work. 

For context's sake, the only other players to record 30 points and 19 rebounds in a single game so far this season have been Nikola Vucevic and LaMarcus Aldridge, according to Basketball-Reference

For a player in just his second season, that's not too shabby. 

Entering Sunday night, Drummond was averaging 12 points, 11 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.2 blocks. The only other player averaging at least that much? That would be Vucevic, according to Basketball-Reference

Coach Mo Cheeks wasn't going to insert Drummond back into an already decided game just to get him up to 20 rebounds, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press:

Working against a Philadelphia defense that entered Sunday's contest ranked as the league's worst when it came to opponent's points per game and No. 27 overall in defensive rating, per Basketball-Reference, Drummond saw an opportunity to feast on a relatively small front line featuring Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young. 

And feast he did. 

For a player who was considered extremely raw coming out of UConn, the rapid evolution of Drummond's game on both ends of the floor has been a complete revelation for the Pistons. 

And more big stat lines could be in the big man's future. Up next for the Pistons is a meeting on Tuesday with the Miami Heat, who rank dead-last in the NBA in team rebounding. 

So while Detroit is still sitting three games below .500 trying to piece things together with a new cast, the future is looking plenty bright thanks to Drummond.