Andre Drummond is a rebounding machine — he is the only player in the last 17 years to grab more than 100 offensive and 100 defensive rebounds in a month. Last season, Drummond grabbed 437 offensive rebounds, the most in the NBA by a wide margin (Rudy Gobert was second but 40 back). He grabbed a ridiculous 18.3 percent of the Pistons’ missed shots last season, also best in the NBA by a healthy range (DeAndre Jordan was second at 16.2). Drummond’s offensive rebound rate was 11th best in NBA history. He had 337 putback shots off misses last season. He’s a physical force of nature on the boards.
He’s also got a little trick, a little gift that helps him out — he gets a lot of his own misses.
It’s not that Drummond deliberately misses shots for the sake of padding his rebounding numbers; He rushes them knowing his second jump is far quicker than most opponents. Malone did the same over the course of his career. As soon as the ball left his fingertips, he’d use his size and speed advantage to fight for positioning while his defender was still in the air.
Check out this video to get an example — Drummond hurries his shot but knows he can just move Gobert out-of-the-way and get his own board.
(Drummond gets fouled here, and as a guy who shot 38.9 percent from the stripe last year he can expect to see more of that. It’s a valid strategy against him.)
It will be interesting to see if Drummond can keep up these numbers as Stan Van Gundy brings in shooters — it’s not just that there may be fewer rebounds to grab, but the rebound of a missed three-point shot often caroms a long way out from where Drummond is around the rim.
But consider this something to watch next season. As the NBA trends smaller, Drummond is an old-school big man who can do this to a lot of teams.
Report: Deron Williams impressive in pre-training camp workouts in Dallas
After a disappointing four seasons in Brooklyn, Deron Williams has the opportunity for a fresh start with his hometown Mavericks. He agreed to a buyout with the Nets in July and signed a two-year, $11 million deal with Dallas. He knows he has a lot to prove, and according to those who have seen his workouts in Dallas, he’s off to a good start.
Mavs encouraged by what they've seen from Deron Williams in informal AAC workouts. Looks lean and quick. Knows he has a lot to prove.
We’ll see if it sticks. Every year since he was traded to the Nets has promised to be the year he finally returns to his circa-2008 Utah form, and it never happens. He’s been solid in stretches in Brooklyn, but he’s never been able to stay healthy, and by now it’s clear he simply isn’t the same player he was six years ago when it was a legitimate conversation whether he or Chris Paul was the best point guard in the NBA. Unfortunately, with all their other injury concerns, Dallas needs him to be that player if they’re going to challenge for a playoff spot.
Report: DeAndre Jordan parts ways with agent after controversial summer
It’s been an eventful summer for DeAndre Jordan in his first time as an unrestricted free agent. He committed to sign in Dallas, and then changed his mind a few days later and returned to the Clippers following #EmojiGate. He managed to get both teams fined in the process — Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for talking about it before he was officially signed and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer for allegedly offering him an endorsement deal with Lexus as part of the pitch to return.
DeAndre Jordan’s seemingly never-ending summer saga has taken another twist — the Clippers center has parted ways with his representatives at Relativity Sports, The Times has learned.
Jordan informed agents Dan Fegan and Jarinn Akana last week that he was moving “in another direction,” said an NBA official not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Turner points out that this is the third time in seven seasons as a pro that Jordan has changed agents. It’s more common than you think — we just hear about it when it’s someone high profile. After the PR disaster of this summer, it’s not surprising to see Jordan decide to leave his current representation again. He can’t sign with another agent for 15 days; it will be interesting to see where he goes next.
Report: Veteran forward Chuck Hayes agrees to deal with Clippers
Chuck Hayes is the kind of veteran big man fans should want on their team. He brings leadership, good defense in the post, strength on the glass, he sets solid screens, and he just hustles everywhere on the court. Teammates love playing with him.
This is officially a make good, non-guaranteed deal. The Clippers have 14 guaranteed contracts already, so there is space for one more deal on the roster.
Doc Rivers the GM has had a good summer and this is another part of that.
Obviously, the Clippers will start Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan up front. But now behind them there is Josh Smith, Cole Aldrich, and Hayes. That means Rivers can rest his stars more — maybe even throw in some nights off — and know he has solid veterans who will make plays behind them.
This is another move that puts the Clippers right up there with the Warriors, Spurs, Rockets, and Thunder as legit title contenders come out of the West. And the Clippers are as deep as any of them.
Jamal Crawford, other NBA stars take court for Seattle Pro AM vs. Drew League (VIDEO)
This would have been fun to attend, a little showdown between the Seattle Pro AM and the Los Angeles-based Drew League.
It attracted plenty of NBA talent: Jamal Crawford, Zach LaVine, Isaiah Thomas, Stanley Johnson, Trevor Ariza, Baron Davis, Nate Robinson, Malcolm Thomas, Dorell Wright, Bobby Brown and Spencer Hawes were among the ballers. And when you turn those guys loose in a world with no defense, you get a show.
Enjoy, we’re still a couple of months away from NBA games that matter so this can be a little fix.