Lakers center Andre Drummond blames lack of playing time as the primary reason for his underwhelming season in Los Angeles.
When Andre Drummond joined the Los Angeles Lakers, there were a lot of expectations from the big man. However, things did not go as per plan.
The reigning champions had a hard time this season dealing with injuries. Although they scraped through to the playoffs, they were knocked out in the first round of the postseason.
Drummond had a disappointing campaign with the Purple and Gold. However, the big man recently came up with an Instagram post claiming that he is not to be blamed for his struggles this season. His Instagram post was mostly about not judging or underestimating him for his performances this season.
Some people on the comments section took a savage shot at him. They were questioning him for being not as dominant as Brook Lopez for the Bucks or Deandre Ayton for the Suns in the paint.
Andre Drummond said if he would play more he would dominate like Lopez & Ayton 😳 pic.twitter.com/ET0vXBE9g9
— 🏀 (@dribblecity) July 6, 2021
In that question’s response, Drummond claimed that he could have had similar numbers just like his peers, only if he had more playing time. His talk about lack of playing time seems like a genuine shot at Lakers’ chief coach Frank Vogel. It certainly indicates that he may not be back in Los Angeles this offseason.
Andre Drummond was completely benched in the crucial Game 6 against the Suns
The former Cleveland Cavaliers center featured in only 21 regular season games averaging only 24.8 minutes. In the playoffs, those numbers took a hit and he averaged 21 minutes.
He featured in 5 matches against the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs. Things went bad to worse when he was benched for the entirety of the all-important Game 6.
Drummond is a 2xNBA All-Star and he showed glimpses of his brilliance this season as well. But unfortunately, his fit was not right alongside Anthony Davis. Hence he failed to become the star player in a trio that the Lakers wanted.
The 27-year-old is ready to take another chance with Lebron James and AD in the next season. But it remains to be seen if the Lakers can sign him as an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Drummond will get plenty of suitors in the market during the offseason. Also, the Lakers may decide against signing him for another year.