In this continuing series, Sixers Wire looks at the 17 players that constitute the Philadelphia 76ers roster — 15 under contract and the two players on two-way deals — and give each three goals for the 2021-22 season.
The new season begins Oct. 20, and training camp begins Sept. 28. Now is the time to begin previewing the season and get everybody set for a new adventure of Sixers basketball.
Up next is one of the team’s new additions, Andre Drummond. The Sixers signed the former two-time All-Star on a veteran’s minimum deal to replace Dwight Howard, who left the team in free agency. Drummond will back up Joel Embiid and give the superstar a break.
For Drummond, here are his three goals for the 2021-22 season:
Give Embiid a break
This is the primary goal for Drummond for the team to succeed. The Sixers will go as far as the big fella takes them, and there will be plenty of nights he will rest in order to be at his peak for the playoffs.
Drummond has been a starter throughout his career and he will have to adjust to being a backup, but in this role, he can flourish. He will be asked to come in and provide energy, grab a bunch of rebounds and play some defense. He is not quite the defender Howard is, but he can still be a big help for this team.
Play for his next contract
Considering that Drummond is only on a veteran’s minimum deal at age 28 and has been an All-Star twice in his career, it would make sense he would be motivated to play for his next big deal. After a somewhat rough run with the Los Angeles Lakers, he has an opportunity to rebuild his reputation and put together a good run with the Sixers to prove himself again. He is still an elite rebounder and that can help Philadelphia moving forward.
Provide some defense
Drummond is not a huge rim protector as Howard was, but what he can do is come over from the weak side and alter a shot that will get blocked every now and then. That starts a fast break. With the athletes on this roster, that will be a huge help for this team.
As mentioned, he had a tough run with the Lakers. He averaged 11.9 points and 10.2 rebounds in Los Angeles, but the fit was off and he followed that up with a tough playoff series against the Phoenix Suns. He started the first five games, but did not play in the deciding Game 6. Philadelphia offers him a new opportunity, and he just needs to give energy on both ends of the floor to build himself back up.
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