Grading Andre Drummond’s 2019-20 play with the Cavs thus far

Cleveland Cavaliers big man Andre Drummond reacts in-game. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers big man Andre Drummond reacts in-game. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Cavaliers big man Andre Drummond talks with players on the Atlanta Hawks bench in-game. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Andre Drummond has not had a ton of game action with the Cleveland Cavaliers just yet, and how he can fit in is a relative uncertainty at this point. He has shown some good qualities in his play with Cleveland this season, though.

It was definitely a surprise that the Cleveland Cavaliers ended up acquiring Andre Drummond near the 2020 trade deadline in a deal with the Detroit Pistons. That at the time only was in exchange for Brandon Knight, John Henson and a future second-round pick, and those pieces were expiring.

The deal was mostly for the Pistons to offload Drummond, who has a $28.8 million player option decision coming up down the road for next season.

In relation to that,’s Chris Fedor said of potential options for Drummond, whenever the upcoming offseason ultimately is, that Drummond is “most likely” to pick up that option.

I’d think that Drummond would do so, anyhow. For the Cavs, that’d probably be an ideal scenario, too, as Drummond could, in theory, work pretty well as an interior presence alongside Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and others, and Drummond and Kevin Love could feed off each other with more experience on the floor together.

Will we see the Drummond-Love frontcourt pairing in action again at some point in 2019-20? That’s unclear at this point as the league is still amid a novel coronavirus-induced hiatus, and as far as reported updates involving a possible season resumption, among other things, you can view those here.

So swinging back to Drummond, how has been fitting in on the floor with Cleveland thus far this season?

Here, I’d like to get into that aspect involving Dre, who has had some good outings, but he still didn’t seem really comfortable just yet at the time of the NBA’s season suspension. As far as Drummond’s 2019-20 grades to this point with Cleveland, we’ll begin with the offensive end.