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Andre Drummond or Montrezl Harrell - Was either player right to be frustrated with the lack of playing time during the 2021 NBA Playoffs?

Andre Drummond with head coach Frank Vogel
Andre Drummond with head coach Frank Vogel
Kunal Sethi

A major storyline in the LA Lakers' exit from the 2021 NBA playoffs was the DNPs (Did Not Play) by Andre Drummond and Montrezl Harrell.

The news was filled with speculation and assumptions as to why the reigning champions would sign these players just to not give them any playing time in the playoffs. Harrell was absent from a few regular-season games as well, but never complained until the lack of minutes in the postseason.

The two stars took to social media to express their complaints and subtly blamed head coach Frank Vogel. Montrezl Harrell tweeted a remark about wasted time while Andre Drummond replied to a comment on his Instagram post.

Drummond's status is unknown and it is unclear whether he will return as an LA Lakers player next season.


Was Andre Drummond justified in getting upset over little playing time?

Andre Drummond with the LA Lakers in action against Charlotte
Andre Drummond with the LA Lakers in action against Charlotte

Andre Drummond was acquired in the buyout market around the mid-season trade deadline. He played and started 21 games in the regular season for the LA Lakers. Drummond averaged 11.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per game with 24.8 minutes of average playing time.

Out of the six games in the playoffs, he played in the first five games but was asked to sit out in the sixth and elimination game. On an average of 21 minutes per game, he managed to post nine points and 11 rebounds per game.

Andre Drummond was upset over his DNP status in the final game and replied to a comment on his Instagram post.

When suggested that he could not dominate the paint like Brook Lopez or Deandre Ayton, Drummond replied saying "tell y'all coach play me more and I could".

It does seem weird that the LA Lakers would go through so much to acquire Andre Drummond mid-season and then sit him out for the most important game of the year. This could mean the 27-year-old is justified in believing he lacks the trust of his coach and teammates.

However, Drummond also underachieved in the 21 minutes he got during his first five games. When compared to Montrezl Harrell, he played more games and averaged more minutes. Coach Frank Vogel simply felt Marc Gasol was more valuable in the final game and had every right to sit Drummond out.

Andre Drummond had played just 21 games with this team and the chemistry was always off from the get-go. Taking out his frustration via comments on social media that coach Vogel isn't playing him enough was certainly uncalled for.


Was Montrezl Harrell justified in getting upset over little playing time?

Montrezl Harrell with the LA Lakers
Montrezl Harrell with the LA Lakers

Unlike Andre Drummond, Montrezl Harrell is totally justified in getting upset for his lack of minutes in the playoffs. He was the Sixth Man of the Year in the 2019-20 NBA season and was acquired by the reigning champions with expectations of contributing to a title run.

Harrell went from the best bench player in the league to DNPs and any player would be frustrated with that situation. He was also asked to sit out despite Anthony Davis' injury which further fueled the fire.

Harrell played just four games compared to Drummond's five and averaged a measly 9.8 minutes per game. He certainly wanted to play more but was not given the opportunity.

In Game 1, Harrell played 14 minutes and 38 seconds and gave the LA Lakers 12 points on 4-5 shooting from the field along with three rebounds and two steals. He then got two DNPs and a mere 4 minutes and 41 seconds in Game 4 in which he went scoreless and without a shot attempt.

After two more losses, Harrell left the LA Lakers locker room feeling dejected and was certainly right to be frustrated with the team.


Also Read: 5 Teams that should target Andre Drummond in 2021 NBA Free Agency


Edited by Anantaajith Ra

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