Andre Drummond on pace to post best PER by a teenager in NBA history

As pointed out by Tom Haberstroh of ESPN, Andre Drummond is on pace to finish with the best PER by a teenager in NBA history. The leaderboard (minimum 40 minutes):

Rk Player Season Age Tm PER
1 Andre Drummond 2012-13 19 DET 21.9
2 Kyrie Irving 2011-12 19 CLE 21.4
3 Amir Johnson 2006-07 19 DET 20.6
4 Tracy McGrady 1998-99 19 TOR 20.6
5 Anthony Davis 2012-13 19 NOH 19.7
6 Kobe Bryant 1997-98 19 LAL 18.5
7 LeBron James 2003-04 19 CLE 18.3
8 Carmelo Anthony 2003-04 19 DEN 17.6
9 Tracy McGrady 1997-98 18 TOR 17.4
10 Dwight Howard 2004-05 19 ORL 17.2

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This is where we arrive at the most logical destination when we talk about young talents: Who is his best comp?

To answer that question, we turn to fellow ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton, whose SCHOENE player projection system uses key player stats, as well as height and weight, to identify the most similar predecessors at the same age (ranked from zero to 100, with 100 being the most similar).

For Drummond, that’s Dwight Howard. By a healthy margin.

Want to gush over Drummond even more? You’ll have to read Haberstroh’s article. There’s too much Drummond love for me to excerpt.

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