Cavs: 2 bold predictions for Andre Drummond, assuming he’s back

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 other players in-game. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Bold prediction #1 for Drummond for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2020-21: He averages 15.0 rebounds per game and leads the NBA in rebounding

The first bold prediction I have for next season for Drummond for Cleveland, assuming he’s back, would be averaging 15.0 rebounds per game, and in turn, leading the NBA in rebounding.

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The latter part of this bold prediction, winning the NBA rebounding title, wouldn’t be a shocker, necessarily, for Drummond, whose career-best was 16.0 boards per game.

Going into the hiatus, Drummond had led the NBA in rebounding with 15.2 boards per game, which would qualify for him winning his fourth NBA rebounding title in his eight-year career.

Now, in terms of just with the Cavs, Drummond did only average 11.1 boards per game, but Drummond was banged up a bit, and it was eight games and he was getting more in-tune with other players later into his stint.

I can’t say I read much into that, and saying Drummond will average 15.0 rebounds per game is not completely profound.

However, with the presence of Kevin Love, a really good defensive rebounder, and Larry Nance Jr., it would still be I believe. Considering that, I personally would think there’s a good possibility Drummond’s rebounding numbers would be a bit less, and be about 13.5.

Now, Drummond’s rebounding average with the Cavaliers was less, but he played only 28.1 minutes per game in that stretch, and with this bold prediction, it’d be likely that Drummond would be playing closer to 33.8 minutes per outing.

That was the minutes-share he was playing with Detroit in 2019-20, so that factors into this bold prediction/him then leading the league in rebounding once again next season.

To me, though, I think there is a good possibility Drummond doesn’t play nearly that much with Cleveland, even with the expiring Tristan Thompson potentially not being back.

I could end up being wrong on that, though, and Drummond could be and even on the floor with Love a bunch, gobbling up boards at a league-best rate, based on his track record. We’ll see, assuming Dre is back.