After something of a fruitless NBA Trade Deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Andre Drummond shortly after he parted ways with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
There was a lot of excitement for the move.
Montrezl Harrell’s reaction to it echoed that of many others.
The reason why everyone was looking forward to seeing how this union would work is because it seemed perfect on paper. Drummond could focus on the things he does well, like rebounding and patrolling the middle, while the offense could be left to others.
This week, Drummond himself doubled down on that theory and explained why it felt different being on the Lakers.
“Definitely my role here is a lot different than previous teams I’ve been on,” Drummond said.
“Me being on Cleveland and Detroit, they look for me to be the main guy to score points and do all the other intangible things.
“And while I’m here, I’m here to just make this team good on both ends of the court. Whatever they need me to do, I’m trying to get the job done. I’m adjusting very well. It’s taking some time but I’m figuring it out day in and day out.”
— Game 7 (@game7__) April 19, 2021
Drummond is averaging 11.6 points and 8.9 rebounds in seven games with the Lakers thus far. Aside from getting clowned by Jimmy Butler in the middle of a game and some questions over his bizarre nickname, his transition to being a Laker has been flawless.
Will he ultimately be able to win a title with his new team? Time will tell.