2 things Cavs fans should want to see from Andre Drummond in 2020-21

Cleveland Cavaliers big Andre Drummond reacts in-game. (Photoy by David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Cavaliers big Andre Drummond reacts in-game. (Photoy by David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports) /
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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) /

#2: Cavs fans will want to see Drummond being self-aware

The second thing Cavs fans will definitely want to see in regards to Drummond next season is him well…being self-aware. Drummond is not a perimeter shooting threat, such as Kevin Love, for instance, or Larry Nance Jr.

As Evan Dammarell of Fear The Sword and Forbes demonstrated and really drove home, nobody wants to see Drummond taking three-point shots.

The dude has hit only 59.1 percent of his free throw attempts over the past three seasons, even. And for his career, he’s connected on just 15 of his 103 career three-point attempts in the regular season.

Drummond having taken 14 triple attempts in an eight-game sample with Cleveland last season, of which he hit four, was not smart, to say the least. Cavs fans, assuredly, don’t want to see that from Drummond; it’s not his thing.

So please, leave those to Love, Nance and the perimeter players, Dre.

And while there’ve been some positive signs at times in the secondary playmaking realm for Drummond previously with Detroit, in times with the Pistons, and with the Cavs a bit, he seemingly veered too much into playmaking territory.

Occasional ball-reversals are alright from Drummond, to get quick deliveries to the likes of Sexton, Osman or perhaps Dylan Windler for perimeter looks, particularly if there’s a clear line of sight if he sees opposing defenders looking to double him on the bounce.

Those I’m okay with at times, but Drummond should not be grabbing rebounds and looking to initiate offense from there, which could lead to turnovers often. He averaged 3.6 turnovers per outing in 2019-20, for further context.

The occasional ball handling displays from him on the perimeter if there’s helpers in the area are not something we want to see much, either. They do not typically lead to quality offense.

Drummond shouldn’t be trying to pull it off-the-catch from deep, again, and him at times pretending he’s the second coming of Bill Walton and trying to thread the needle when that’s not there is not something that will help Cleveland, either.

In any case, while Drummond could very well be dealt by the 2021 trade deadline, if he sticks to what he does well, he’d likely only be helping himself and the Cavs at least leading up to that point.

We’ll have to see what eventually plays out with him/with the Cavaliers in 2020-21, though.

Maybe he ends up being a good fit, and perhaps Drumond could sign a fairly reasonable deal to come back to the Cavaliers next offseason for the near future, even while especially after what Dammarell said in his piece, I wouldn’t bet on that.

Dammarell strongly believes that Dre will probably be traded at the deadline, for “heftier” salary and draft capital or a potential upgrade.

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Either way, let’s hope Drummond is self-aware for the Cavs, for the experiment to have some of a chance at working well.