Former Michigan power forward Maceo Baston to attend Pistons training camp

Maceo Baston (NBA.com)

Maceo Baston will attend the Pistons’ training camp, according to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com (Hat tip: Detroit Bad Boys).

Baston has bounced between the NBA and Europe. He’s 33, so he probably doesn’t have much upside left.

Here’s a little more on Baston from a 2005 article by Ian Robinson, whom I had the pleasure of writing with at The Michigan Daily:

Former Michigan Daily basketball beat writer and current Detroit Free Press sportswriter Mark Snyder recalls that although Baston was less physically imposing than his Michigan teammates Robert Traylor and Maurice Taylor, he always found a way to make an impact.

“He had an ability to use his long arms as a threatening shot-blocker and could rebound in a crowd,” Snyder said.

On the floor, Maccabi’s uptempo style makes it one of the most electrifying teams to watch in Europe, and Baston contributes to that excitement on both ends of the floor, Arbel said. In the 2004-05 season, Baston averaged 14.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

“(Baston) brings to Maccabi another flashy style with his dunks and alley-hoops,” Arbel said. “He plays tough, maybe tougher than any other player in defense, and makes sure players won’t be too excited to penetrate the paint with his shot blocking ability.”

His odds of making the roster are low. The Pistons already have 14 players, and in this economy, they’re probably not going to add another.

But it does seem like his skill set fits what Detroit is trying to do (push the ball and defend).

As Michigan alum, I’d love to see Baston catch on. But calling the chances slim is being generous.

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