I’m interested to see who the non-roster players the Pistons invite to camp are this season. Scott Schroeder of Ridiculous Upside reports one of these players is D-League point guard Walker Russell Jr.:
The veteran playmaker is averaging 20.3 points and 11 assists through the first three games of the season, moving himself into sixth all-time with 969 career assists in the D-League. All-time records aren’t something one ever wants to achieve in the D-League, though, so it’s a good thing Russell is headed to NBA camp this weekend.
The Pistons will have 10 guaranteed contracts heading into training camp, 11 if Terrico White had his contract guaranteed during the lockout, though they are a bit point guard heavy after drafting Brandon Knight during the lottery portion of this year’s draft.
Russell Jr.’s career D-League averages of 15.2 points and 8.1 assists per game are impressive, but he’s a bit undersized and not a particularly good shooter, so he would be a longshot to make the team with Will Bynum, a small, dynamic, PG who doesn’t shoot particularly well from the perimeter, already on the roster as the backup, and Brandon Knight and most likely Rodney Stuckey getting minutes at the position as well. Still, anyone who can push the incumbent Piston guards in camp is a good thing.
Here are some Walker highlights: