Andre Drummond is living up to the hype (USAT)
Andre Drummond was no secret entering the year, as he averaged 11.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.2 spg and 1.1 bpg while shooting a ridiculous 67.1 percent from the field during 10 starts last year (seeing a modest 25:41 mpg over that span) as an extremely raw 19-year-old. That also came with an ugly 38.6 FT percentage, which is going to be the big man’s biggest factor of whether or not he can ever be a truly elite fantasy player. Locked into the starting five this season, he’s lived up to the hype over his first two games, as he's averaged 12.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks in the early going, and he’s only attempted one free throw. It’s tough to draw any conclusions over two games, but with his obviously increased role (staying out of foul trouble is Drummond’s second biggest worry) and talent that jumps off the screen, those who “reached” for him aren’t going to be disappointed, especially those in H2H formats who punted FT% (seriously, he doesn’t shoot them very well). Drummond is clearly a budding star (somewhat surprisingly, Greg Monroe has taken a liking to his new role at power forward as well, as he’s getting 20.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 spg and 0.5 bpg). Of course, things may all change once gunner Brandon Jennings returns to action.
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