Austin Daye dominates Pistons’ second summer-league win

A few player-by-player observations from the Pistons’ 79-74 win over the Magic on Tuesday:

Austin Daye

  • Incredible spot-up shooting
  • Made couple confident jumpers off dribble, including one while being fouled
  • Used length to contest shot helpside
  • Took charge
  • Held his ground to prevent man from backing him down
  • Made 3-pointer on quick catch and shoot with no hesitation
  • Made another 3-pointer on a pick-and-pop with Brandon Knight
  • Skied for putback to end first half
  • Already established himself as quality summer-league player, so performance matters only as far as it builds confidence for regular season

Andre Drummond

  • Disappeared for long stretches
  • Good kickout pass from post
  • Shoved Kyle O’Quinn after a play
  • Went up for dunk from a little too far from basket with defender between him and basket, ended up throwing ball past rim
  • Fooled multiple times by O’Quinn pump fakes
  • One powerful dunk

Kyle Singler

  • Confident decision maker with ball in his hands offensively, whether shooting or passing – for better or worse
  • More long 2-pointers. Stop this please
  • Did I mention turnaround jumpers yesterday in Singler’s vast array of offensive moves? Add it

Brandon Knight

  • Strong take for basket on fastbreak
  • Nice pass from perimeter to cutting Yancy Gates
  • Drove, not as aggressively as Monday, and threw pass away
  • Made long pull-up 2-point jumper
  • Thwarted on drive, but rather than retreating back to perimeter, curled around in the paint and drew a foul
  • Got into 1-on-1 battle with Maalik Wayns in second, which didn’t pay off and included double technical
  • Forced a couple 3-pointers
  • Drove more aggressively in second half

Kim English

  • Putting the ball on the floor more often than appears suits him
  • Grabbed rebound, tried to go coast-to-coast, charged
  • Made catch-and-shoot mid-range jumper
  • Missed 3-pointers from top, wing and corner
  • Dribbled out of 3-pointer in long 2-pointer, which he missed
  • Charged
  • Nice baseline drive for and-1

Khris Middleton

  • Spun into a jumper that he airballed
  • Made spot-up 3-pointer
  • Charged

Vernon Macklin

  • Didn’t move the needle as far as deserving a roster spot
  • One-handed putback while being fouled
  • Scored on lefty hook in paint
  • Shaky in protecting the rim
  • Rebounded well

Yancy Gates

  • Played with more confidence than Monday
  • Nice cut for basket on nice pass from Brandon Knight
  • Stretched the defense by making a couple jumpers
  • Putback after offensively rebounding  a free throw
  • Turnaround hook shot on postup

Casper Ware

  • Quick release on 3-pointer
  • Pesky defense

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Tags: Andre Drummond Austin Daye Brandon Knight Casper Ware Khris Middleton Kim English Kyle Singler Vernon Macklin Yancy Gates

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