Andre Drummond Records Career-High 26 Rebounds vs. Knicks

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2014

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Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond has earned a reputation as one of the league's most feared rebounders, and he showed why on Monday night against the New York Knicks

In 46 minutes, Drummond terrorized the Knicks on the glass, pulling down a career-high 26 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass.

The other crazy part? Drummond scored a team-high 17 points on a tidy 6-of-9 shooting (5-of-7 from the free-throw line) and blocked a game-high three shots in the Pistons' 96-85 win. 

On a night when the Pistons limited the Knicks to 39 percent shooting from the field, Drummond helped the Pistons out-rebound New York by 14, handing Carmelo Anthony and Co. their seventh straight loss in the process.  

Entering Monday, Drummond's previous career high in the rebounding department was 22, which he set on Feb. 7 against the Brooklyn Nets and then matched again on Feb. 18 against the Charlotte Bobcats. In the Pistons' loss to the Bobcats, Drummond split his rebounding total evenly, hauling in 11 boards on both the offensive and defensive end. 

According to, Drummond is one of just five players—along with Dwight Howard, Anderson Varejao, J.J. Hickson and LaMarcus Aldridge—to pull down at least 25 rebounds in a single game this season.

And if we want to get really specific, Drummond and Howard are the only two players to score at least 17 points and rack up at least 26 rebounds during the 2013-14 campaign, per

After such a dominant performance, the second-year center's numbers will only continue to soar. Prior to gashing the Knicks on the glass, Drummond ranked tops in the Association with 5.9 contested rebounds per game, according to the league's SportVu player tracking data.

Drummond's also the only player in the NBA who averages more than five offensive rebounds, pulling down 1.4 more than the second-ranked DeAndre Jordan and Robin Lopez. 

Furthermore, Drummond ranks fifth in contested rebound percentage, defined as the number of contested rebounds a player grabs divided by their total rebounding figure. 

Still in just his second season, Drummond has already established himself as one of the game's most assertive forces on the glass and will only become more physically imposing once he develops a polished offensive game.