Pistons star Andre Drummond isn't shy about flexing his rebounding abilities. In just eight seasons in the NBA, Drummond has already cracked the top 100 on the all-time list for rebounds. He ranks eighth all-time among active players and has led the NBA in rebounding average in three of the past four seasons.
In a chat with Rob Beard of The Detroit News, Andre admitted his belief that he was the best rebounder in league history.
“I think I’m definitely the best ever when it comes to rebounding. I don’t think there’s anybody who’s even remotely close to the things I’ve done when it comes to (rebounding),” Drummond told The Detroit News. “It’s really cool to hear a guy like Kevin Durant, who’s loved and valued in the NBA, to appreciate a game I take seriously with the offensive and defensive rebounding.
“That’s my knack and it’s cool to hear that he appreciates that I put that much effort and work into it.”
Kevin Durant is among the most recent cast of supports for Drummond. In a recent talk, he lorded over Drummon's skillset and dominance as a big man on the boards. The stats certainly help back up that claim. Right now, Drummond is a better rebounder (per game) than Dennis Rodman and Dwight Howard, with a 13.8 average for his career. With the exception of Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, and a few other names, he is probably among the best rebounders ever.
Unfortunately, his game still leaves much to be desired. He is limited offensively and isn't nearly as skilled as other bigs protecting the rim at the defensive end.
This year, he is looking to change that narrative about himself as he attempts to lead Detroit back to the postseason.