DF then: Is his jump shot for real?
Perhaps, the most peasant surprise of the summer league was Terrico White‘s smooth jumper. Prior to the draft, I’d seen it as labeled as streaky, so it’s certainly possible he was on just for a few games.
I thought White’s only chance of receiving significant plaything time this year was as a defensive specialist, but if he can shoot as well as he did in Las Vegas, that’s another avenue to the court.
DF now: No idea
Obviously, White lost his entire season to injury. Considering there won’t be a summer league this year to judge White, this will probably be my question for next year, too.
PH then: Is he Rodney Stuckey insurance?
Joe Dumars has an affection for strong combo guards, mainly because he himself was a strong combo guard.
Incumbent starter Rodney Stuckey hasn’t been offered a contract extension and after three years in the league (two as a full-time starter), it’s fair to say this is a make-good year for Stuckey.
And if he doesn’t “make good?” The Pistons have another athletic, strong hybrid guard in White, who many considered a first round talent, possibly being groomed for a larger role down the road.
PH now: Not anymore
It’s really sad that White lost his entire season to injury. His athletic tools are still intriguing, but as DaJuan Summers found out, it’s hard for second-round picks to get a look in their first season in the league, let alone a second season after barely playing in their first.
I expect White will be in camp next season, but he might have a tougher time making the team depending on who is added to the roster and who leaves.