Could D-Leaguer Walker Russell Jr. help the Pistons?


For whatever reason, the Detroit Pistons have not used the D-League as a viable source to find players very often. But the trend leaguewide has certain been going up the past couple seasons, and guys like Trey Johnson, Mustafa Shakur and Garrett Temple, to name a few, have been given looks by NBA teams this season after starting out in the D-League.

Great D-League blog Ridiculous Upside recently identified one D-League player who could help each NBA team. Here’s who they picked for the Pistons:

Detroit Pistons: Walker Russell Jr., Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Tracy McGrady has done an admirable job at point guard, but no one is fearing a T-Mac/Stuckey/Will Bynum rotation.

Alternative: Courtney Sims, Iowa Energy.

Now, adding any D-Leaguer is purely hypothetical considering the Pistons would have to open a roster spot either by making a trade that yeilds fewer players than they give up or by cutting someone. Scott Schroeder described Russell as a “pure point guard who sees the court well,” and D-League Digest picked Russell as a D-League All-Star this season, so if the Pistons were in a position to take a look at someone like that later in the season, I don’t think anyone would object to it.