Los Angeles Lakers point guard Dennis Schroder is excited to have Andre Drummond on the team as he is looking forward to playing alongside the newly-acquired center. Drummond, who agreed with the Cleveland Cavaliers last month not to play anymore for the team, signed with the Lakers after he was released by the Cavaliers.
The Lakers get a reliable big man in Drummond, who can help on the offensive side and be a powerful force on the defensive end. "He’s gonna definitely put a lot of pressure on the rim so looking forward to it, setting those screens and giving us a couple of offensive rebounds, extra possessions,” Schroder said of Drummond, per Lakers Nation.
“On the defensive end, he’s gonna change a lot of shots or block the shots so we’re looking forward to having him for sure”.
Schroder expects Drummond to fit in well
Drummond has joined the Lakers mid-season and he will have to quickly develop a chemistry with his new teammates.
"Chemistry-wise, I don’t think it’s gonna be a problem,” Schroder said. “I came here, it’s my first year and how the guys treated me and how they got me in right away, I’ve never had that before.
So that side, I don’t have no worries. But I think we’ll get in, we’ve got practice and everybody commits to the same thing. “Andre Drummond, he’s been in the league and he knows what he does good so he’s gonna bring whatever he brings to the table and does a great job of it.
We’re gonna tell him what he needs to do and we’ll all be on the same page, get straight to work." Meanwhile, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel expects Drummond to give the Lakers a big lift. "We're all thrilled to add Andre Drummond, a player of his caliber, to our team," Vogel said following the Lakers' 96-93 win over the visiting Orlando Magic on Sunday night.
"He's one of the best centers in the league, someone that every defensive coordinator is going to have to account for and to figure out how to handle him when they're trying to slow down [Anthony Davis] and [LeBron James] and our guards.
"I think he's going to give us a big lift in the immediate future, and then obviously when we get going. He can dominate the game on both sides of the ball. His physicality is something you have to account for."