This was defiantly not the ideal season for their the Pistons or the Cavaliers. The constant? Andre Drummonds success as a defensive, offensive, and rebounding big man.
Playing for the Pistons, Drummond was not expected to lead his team anywhere, but despite the prominent lack of team success, Drummond played great.
And this was not only true for him while in Detroit, but I’d Cleveland as well. Yes, the Cavs were a mediocre team with Drummond, Andre still managed to play great.
So what makes Drummond so special on the defensive side of the ball you ask? It’s his size. But it’s more than that.
It’s how he uses his size to his advantage, and to play great team defense. The Pistons were one of the worst teams in the NBA, and didn’t have the worst defense in the league.
They were by no means the best, but unlike the DPOY Giannis Antetokounmpo, Drummond didn’t have a center with 2 blocks per game, a point guard who is known for his lockdown defense, and great wing defenders.
As a matter of fact, Derick Rose, Luke Kennard, Christian Wood and Tony Snell aren’t your best defensive lineup either.
Drummond still however was able to be the only player in the league to average more than 1.5 blocks and steals per game. These stats don’t show too much but it is insane to me how someone with those stats, only got a single vote.
I don’t think that he should be the DPOY, but the lack of recognition in the mainstream media for this award genuinely disgusts me.