With both a new owner who is hopefully willing to spend and several players on the roster who are either free agents or would seem to prefer to play elsewhere next season, most people realize the 2011-12 Pistons could look significantly different.
Pistons reporters got thoughts from a few of those players after last night’s final home game of the season against Cleveland.
Given how little he plays, it’s hard for him to evaluate his progress, as coach John Kuester hasn’t shown much confidence in Summers.
“You’ve got to be in the game to see what you can improve on,” Summers said. “I’ve been putting in a lot of individual work, so I feel like I’m taking steps in the right direction.”
One of the things, however, Summers has in his favor — other than his age (23) — is how he’s conducted himself this season.
While some of the Pistons veterans have acted up publicly — and privately — Summers has stayed away from the madness.
That isn’t the easiest thing for a young player to do.
“Absolutely, I rest my head on my professionalism and my character,” Summers said. “At the end of the day, I’ll only be a basketball player for so long. That doesn’t define who I am as a person.”
Honestly, when the Pistons drafted Summers, Austin Daye and Jonas Jerebko in the same draft, I was convinced that Summers would make an impact before the other two. Daye was a project and the Pistons said as much when they picked him. Jerebko was a complete unknown. Summers, on the other hand, played on a good team in the Big East and had a NBA-ready build and athleticism. That opportunity never materialized, which is strange considering just about every player on the roster has been given an extended look at some point over the last two years. Summers still has great physical tools and he has shot the three well at times when he’s played. He may get an opportunity somewhere next year, but it’s pretty clear he won’t be back in Detroit.