AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — You won't find an NBA coach, scout or GM who doesn't believe Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond is one of the best big men in the NBA right now in this, his second season.
But as you look deeper into the numbers, you'll see that the 20-year-old is putting together a historically dominant season.
He comes into tonight's game against Boston averaging 13.1 points, 12.9 rebounds along with 1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals per game.
There have only been three players in NBA history to average at least 12 points, 12 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1 steal in either their first or second season.
Those players are Charles Barkley, Bob McAdoo and David Robinson - all Hall of Famers.
With 12.9 rebounds per game, Drummond has the highest rebounding average in NBA history for a player 20 years or younger. The current record is held by Dwight Howard who averaged 12.5 rebounds during the 2005-2006 season.
In addition, Drummond has 51 double-doubles this season which is tops in the Eastern Conference and only trails Minnesota's Kevin Love who has 60.
While it's way too soon to start carving out a spot in Springfield, Mass. for the 6-11 center, there's no denying the former UConn big has more than held his own among his peers.
Drummond was unable to participate in the Rising Stars challenge as a rookie, but more than made up for it in February.
Pitted with his fellow second-year players as well as this year's top rookies, Drummond walked away with MVP honors after scoring 30 points (12-for-21 shooting) and a Rising Stars record 25 rebounds (14 offensive) to lead Team Hill (Grant Hill) to a 142-136 win over Team Webber (Chris Webber).
"It was my mindset to come out and play with energy, like I had been all year," Drummond told reporters at the time. "I had my mindset to win the MVP and win the game, and I went out there and did it."