The Big Question: Vernon Hamilton

With a cloud uncertainty thunder-storming, snowing and hailing on the Detroit Pistons, we wanted our Pistons preview series to capture that. So for each Piston, Patrick Hayes and I will identify and explain what we each see as the biggest question surrounding each player entering the season.

DF: Can he raise the intensity of training camp practices?

I know Vernon Hamilton will play hard in training camp. That’s his only option. If he doesn’t, his odds of making the team drop from 0.000001 percent to 0 percent. Besides, He’s a high-energy type, anyway.

But if his intensity is contagious, I think his camp invitation will be a success. If the players with guaranteed contracts are 70 percent as focused as Hamilton, I’ll take that as a small victory. Anything higher, is icing on the cake.

PH: Why Vernon Hamilton?

With many American players excelling in Europe, it might seem strange that the Pistons would bring in Hamilton, who had very pedestrian numbers. But, because he’s a guy with virtually no shot to make the roster because of the crowded backcourt, I think the Pistons wanted a specific skill: Hamilton is a ball-hawking defensive player who should be able to get after Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum and Terrico White in camp, pushing all three of them to protect the basketball better.

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