Andre Drummond Thinks He’s The Greatest Rebounder Of All Time

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NBA’s Andre Drummond had his days of being a marquee name among the category of centers in the league. Though still a functional player at 29, the last juice left to squeeze out of his career is his strong knack for rebounding — a solid niche he’s well aware of among the greats.

The two-time NBA All-Star even dubbed himself the best rebounder in the Association’s history during an interview with Mike Anthony of CTInsider. The bold call suggested Drummond stood taller than NBA legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or the nastiest man on the boards in Dennis Rodman.

Surely the player with the 46th-most rebounds ever doesn’t assume he’s the best of the best in the category?

Drummond’s best case for the title would be his all-time rebounds percentage. He nabs 24.7 percent of all available rebounds when he’s on the floor, the highest average in NBA history. Rodman does hold the title for highest single-season percentage by a player with 29 percent.


Speaking with Anthony, Drummond shared that while he thinks he’ll reach the statistical heights of guys like Rodman, Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell someday, he already sees himself as the best rebounder ever.

Averaging far fewer rebounds a game than legendary big men like Russell, who held a career average of 22.5 rebounds per game, Drummond will need to not only keep up production from his early success in his career but improve upon it.

With today’s game fit for versatile big men that could essentially double as point guards, Drummond represents a nearly traditional type of an era of big man that functions as a body to size up an assignment or help command the boards.

Drummond was the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft — selected by the Detroit Pistons. He has gone on to be a reliable double-double machine in 11 seasons: averaging 13.8 points and 13.3 rebounds per game in his career. His rebounds average counts for the 11th-highest total in NBA history.

With plenty of career left in him, Drummond can continue to climb the ranks, though he still needs to put up even greater numbers to catch the rebound GOAT(s). For now, Drummond’s legacy is at least up there or worth a discussion.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Jeopardy expert and grumpy sports fan that has watched every movie.


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