“I’ve never seen it ever. He might be the best rebounder I’ve ever seen. Period.” That was Pistons small forward Marcus Morris after Andre Drummond snagged 27 rebounds and scored 29 points in Detroit’s 120-103 win over the Trail Blazers on Sunday night.
While Reggie Jackson’s 25 fourth-quarter points (he had a game-high 40 after a scorching 10-of-11 in the fourth) were a big part of the win, Andre Drummond continued his one-man assault on NBA record books with a monster game against the Trail Blazers. His 29 points and 27 rebounds in Sunday night’s win saw him join some select company.
Through six games, his 122 rebounds are the most since 1985. For comparison’s sake, Dennis Rodman, considered by many the greatest rebounder in the contemporary NBA history, only corralled 120 rebounds through six games to start the 1994 season.
Only two other players in NBA history — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain — have recorded three, 20-20 games in their first six starts of the season. If the season ended today, Drummond’s average of 20.3 rebounds per game would be the highest since Wilt Chamberlain in 1969.
There are only two current NBA players, Al Jefferson and Dwight Howard, with multiple games with over 25 points and 25 rebounds. Both players have two of them, but Drummond, who is only 22, has three games above 25 and 25.
Basically, in an era of point guards, stretch fours and centers who can stroke it from deep, Andre Drummond is rewriting rebounding record books.