Andre Drummond produced a monster display as the Detroit Pistons secured a huge 114-80 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.
The center recorded an incredible stat line of 22 points, 20 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks as he proved too strong for the Nets.
Those numbers were significant for Drummond as he became the first player since Kevin Garnett in 2004 to post at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, and five assists in three quarters.
In the last 20 years, only three players have had at least three games of this kind - Tim Duncan, DeMarcus Cousins, Garnett and now Drummond.
The Pistons star provided a reminder that he can still be one of the most dominant big men in the league on any given night.
After a disappointing campaign last year, he's returned to a high level this season he's averaging 14.2 points, 14.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.
He's also shown a huge improvement in the biggest weakness in his game as he's shooting a career-high 62 percent from the free throw line, compared to 38 percent last year for the Pistons.
Stan Van Gundy has often challenged the 24-year-old to be more assertive and he seems to be responding positively this year which has pleased his head coach.
"I thought Andre Drummond was outstanding all night," Van Gundy said after the game, per ESPN.
The All-Star shot 9-of-15 from the field and 4-of-6 from the foul line as Detroit bounced back from a loss to the Pelicans in their previous outing to move to 22-18 in the Eastern Conference.
Speaking last season, Van Gundy stressed the need for Drummond to play with a "sense of urgency".
"I think that he needs to have a sense of urgency to elevate his game. He’s been in the league five years now. He’s still young. He hasn’t turned 24. So he’s got time," he said, per ESPN.
"He’s a very talented guy. He’s been one of the elite rebounders in the league. He’s got some great things to work with, but there’s more there. The sky is the limit for him."
The Connecticut product is definitely showing how good he can be with some strong displays this campaign already which could potentially land him another All-Star nod next month.
He is one of the leading rebounders in the league and is an important presence on both ends of the floor for the Pistons.
His improvement has been one of the main reasons why they're in contention to return to the playoffs but they'll need him to perform at a consistent level to stand a chance of competing with the top teams in the east.News Now - Sport News