Andre Drummond is pegged as a free agent to watch this offseason


Teams from all over the NBA are likely to be interested in Chicago Bulls centre Andre Drummond because he plays so well even though he only plays a few minutes a night and sometimes plays behind or with Nikola Vucevic. 

After the trade deadline, the Bulls chose to keep the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent instead of sending him away for a bunch of other players. This means that he could be moving this summer.

Drummond has been on a lot of different teams over the last few years. The former Kansas star was seen as a holdover from a different time in the NBA, even though he had been an All-Star and played on an All-NBA team. 

Teams put more value on shooting and floor space than ever before, so Drummond's old-fashioned back-to-the-basket style wasn't seen as useful anymore.

This season, however, Drummond is demonstrating that he still has a lot of gas left in the tank by averaging 8.4 points and 8.9 rebounds in 17 minutes of game time per night. 

Both of these numbers are impressive. There is little doubt that teams that are seeking for a powerful rim protector and rebounder will take notice of him as a result of his recent improvement in games.

It seemed as though the National Basketball Association (NBA) was going to move away from traditional centres for a period of time just a few short years ago.

In his article, Andy Bailey argued that the Golden State Warriors had been responsible for popularising small-ball, and that few players were as nitpicked as the old-school bigs like Andre Drummond.

The Chicago Bulls centre, however, remained with the team for a little period of time, which allowed him to see a revival at his position, which was led by Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid.

Now that Drummond has played at or near the league minimum for each of his last four seasons, it is possible that he may be able to demonstrate that he is deserving of a larger exception this summer.

Drummond started after Vooch's injury earlier this season, showing he can still play both ends. He started seven straight games averaging 14.0 points, 17.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.4 blocks.

Injuries to many key players have pushed Bulls coach Billy Donovan to deploy a double-big approach, which he was hesitant to use before but now sees the benefit in Andre Drummond.

Bailey said, "This season, the Bulls' point differential is better when Drummond is on the floor, and they've even made it through some minutes with him and Nikola Vucevic playing together."

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