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 a player in just his second season, that's not too shabby.
Andre Drummond is the 1st player in 23 years with at least 31 pts, 19 rebs & 6 stls. He's 20.— chris palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) December 1, 2013
Per Elias, @DRE_DRUMMOND_ joins Barkley as only players to record 30+pts on 80+% FG% plus 18+rebs & 5+ stls (since stls recorded in '73-74)— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) December 1, 2013
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:
Cheeks said he wouldn't have put Drummond back in for the board: "If you're good enough to get the milestone, you're going to get it again."— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) December 1, 2013
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.
And Drummond also has a career-high six steals too...he giveth away on the free throws but taketh away from you— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) December 1, 2013
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.
The transformation of Andre Drummond is spectacular. Never would have envisioned this a couple years ago.— Bob Cooney (@BobCooney76) December 1, 2013
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.