The Sixers lost a largely inaccessible preseason opener to the Toronto Raptors Monday night by a score of 123 – 107. The game wasn’t even as close as that score would indicate. A lack of cohesion showed on the offensive side of the ball.
Let’s try not to get ahead of ourselves here though. This is the first game back. The first game without their franchise point guard. Embiid was out. Harris was out. There’s no reason to form organized groups to march on Camden and boo this team. (We’ll save that for if Simmons ever gets the courage to show up again.) No, we need to look for what positives we can find in this.
ENTER ANDRE DRUMMOND
One positive is to be found in the performance of Andre Drummond. The one time All Star big man started in place of Joel Embiid and looked dynamic. He posted a first half stat line of 17 points, 12 rebounds in the first half. Drummond looked like he turned back the clock to the not so distant past when he was considered one of the top centers in the NBA.
Recently his production fell off. However he was a rebound machine not too long ago. Here’s a neat fact, the only players with more career “Moses Malone Triple Doubles” are Dennis Rodman and Moses himself. Not bad company to keep by the glass. If he can continue to perform this well, he’ll likely be the best backup center the Sixers have acquired for Embiid so far. This may have been a fluky one-off performance in an exhibition game, but Drummond’s history as a player suggests he may have more in the tank than people expect. After all the guy is only 28 years old.
Of course as with all things that happen in the preseason this is all just idle speculation. But hey, what’s the point of preseason if you aren’t going to wildly overreact? At this point we’re just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic until Ben Simmons gets traded anyway. Let’s have some fun with it!
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