Kentavious Caldwell-Pope-Trey Burke debate gets off on equally terrible footing

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The summer league is the definitive tool for judging NBA players. I mean, we all remember the Hall of Fame career of Loren Woods, right?

Right?

OK, obviously, there’s a whole lot of noise clouding summer-scouting – perhaps so much that all this is useless – but the Pistons are playing, so PistonPowered will be covering it.

There’s some gimmick the summer league is using this year to determine matchups for the final game, including a championship game. I don’t care at all about that (unless the Pistons are playing for the championship, and then wooooooooo, high-stakes basketball, baby), and I’m not going to bother updating the meaningless standings. You’re lucky if I mention the score. (The Pistons beat the Nets, 76-67, in their opener, by the way.)

What I will provide is a player-by-player assessment of anyone who stood out. Depending on how the game went, not every player will necessarily get covered.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

  • Trey Burke shot 1-for-12 earlier in the day, and certain fans cackled. Caldwell-Pope followed that with a 1-of-10 day, leaving supporters of both one-time potential Pistons draft picks in a depressing stalemate.
  • Shot 0-for-8 on 3-pointers
  • Unbalanced on most of his jump shots
  • Showed athleticism by driving for dunk attempt while being fouled

Andre Drummond

  • Too good for this level, but in a game with sloppy sets and poor spacing, the external factors that held him back in college also limited him here
  • Had 12 points, 16 rebounds, six blocks, five steals, zero assists, seven turnovers and six fouls
  • Didn’t always play hard, which is understandable, because unlike a large majority of summer-league players, Drummond has started in the pros. But that’s disappointing, because one time when Drummond didn’t hustle back on defense after blocking a shot, Tony Mitchel, a teammate facing his own questions about playing hard, lingered in the backcourt with him
  • Intentionally fouled as called for by new Nets clown coach Jason Kidd, who also got a technical and had to be calmed by Lawrence Frank. Kidd might be a good coach, but he did more to draw attention for silliness in this game.
  • Looked out of breath at times
  • Also looked like Moses freaking Malone

Tony Mitchell

  • Active on the offensive glass and successfully aggressive in going for putbacks
  • Had seven points and six rebounds and made all three of his shots
  • Made a long jumper just inside the 3-point arc, which is a nice sign for his range but a poor indicator for his (and/or the coaching staff’s) understanding of a quality shot

Khris Middleton

  • Shooting stroke looked good, as it always does
  • Made shots (2-of-2 on 3-pointers and 5-of-11 overall), which isn’t always the case
  • Used his jumper to create passing lanes

Peyton Siva

  • Comfortable dominating the ball and running the offense
  • Took just two shots in 26 minutes, missing them both

Viacheslav Kravtsov

  • Finished well at the rim in catch-and-dunk situations
  • Drove from mid-range, but too slowly, and his his shot was blocked
  • Fouled rather than moved his feet going for defensive rebound

Kim English

  • Didn’t start and spent too much time playing with non-roster summer league teammates who don’t know what they’re doing for someone facing a contract decision – unless the Pistons have already made their choice

Kyle Singler

  • Didn’t play. I’m guessing he might play later in the week, perhaps cycling into the lineup in place of Drummond, so the veterans each get a chance to get into a rhythm rather than everyone playing limited minutes in every game.
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Tags: Andre Drummond Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Khris Middleton Kim English Kyle Singler Moses Malone Peyton Siva Tony Mitchell Trey Burke Vyacheslav Kravtsov

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