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It’s another top notch morning when it comes to Pistons news. The question burning in my mind this morning is why do all these talented players prefer South Beach over South Detroit? What’s the issue with jumping on a midnight train going anywhere?
As your motivational speaker, it’s my job to install confidence.
Hey, you over there — you don’t stop believin’. This team is going to be a winner someday. We don’t need Carmelo Anthony. We’ve just got to find emotion hidin’ somewhere in the night!
It’s not about the destination. It’s all about the Journey baby!
Now, everybody is working hard to get their fill. Let’s do anything to roll the dice and bring you today’s Palace Picks.
The Pistons workouts are starting to pour in. We told you about Baylor boys Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin swinging by for a workout on the 16th. SVG and company will also take a closer look at Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski, as well as Stanford forward Dwight Powell on that date as well. That’s according to Vince Ellis at the Free Press, who also gives this tidbit on Austin, who is legally blind in one eye.
“Anybody with any type of disability, I encourage them to go and fight for their dreams and what they want to work for,” he told Comcast Sportsnet Chicago at last month’s NBA combine. “The only person that’s going to stop you from getting there is yourself. You always have to have that confidence in yourself to know you can do it. You have to have faith in God because there’s going to be bumps in the road, there’s going to be ups and downs.
“I just encourage everyone to keep fighting. Nothing is impossible.”
Ellis also writes this morning that another name to watch at number 38 will be former Florida Gator Patric Young, who he compares to Ben Wallace and Udonis Haslem.
A better comparison for Young, 22, could be Heat power forward Udonis Haslem. Young is considered a tough guy and is all business and low maintenance. The issue is he never really got better at Florida, and the concern is he has already reached his ceiling.
The Tallahassee Democrat also says that Florida State forward Okaro White will also workout for the Pistons at some point before the draft.
From potential Pistons in the future, to the here and now. Bleacher Report’s Jakub Rudnik is at it again with more great content at Bleacher Report. This morning he ponders on if Stan Van Gundy can make Andre Drummond an All-Star.
Assuming that Van Gundy believes he can adapt that style of play to fit in Detroit, Drummond would have significantly more space to operate down low than he did in 2013-14. Not only did he play next to two other non-shooters at the same time for extended stretches in Greg Monroe and Josh Smith, but he also was on the second-worst shooting team in the entire NBA.
Over at Need 4 Sheed, Natalie shows us what it would be like if the Sheedster was on Family Guy. Awesome.
Are you a dancer? The Pistons are holding tryouts on the 28th at the Palace. The Detroit News has the full details.
Keith Langlois is always busy this time of the year with his mailbag series. This time around on Pistons.com, Langlois talks about the young players chance of getting playing time, how much money the Pistons will have if they re-sign Greg Monroe, if the Pistons will trade for a first round pick and finally, if he sees Kim English getting another shot with the Pistons.
English began last season in Italy and finished it in France, James. He was scheduled to participate in a recent Brooklyn Nets minicamp that had 32 players on the invitation list, including several, like English, with recent NBA experience. English proved a very intelligent and aware player during his rookie season with the Pistons. The question with him was if he would be athletic enough to defend NBA wing players and whether he had much room to improve considering he arrived in the NBA as a 24-year-old rookie. I wouldn’t put it past English to figure out how to adapt to the speed and athleticism at this level if he finds the right fit and a coach who believes in him. That’s the tricky part for hundreds of players. As I’ve long maintained, you could take the last four or five spots on the bench of all 30 teams – that’s 100 to 150 players or so – and swap them out with the next 500 or so next-best players in the world and you wouldn’t see much, if any, of a dropoff in overall talent. English is certainly somewhere in that larger group, meaning he could still have a long stint in the NBA if he finds the right niche. Stan Van Gundy has said he’s looking for players who are tough, smart and can shoot. English certainly has those qualities. It will be interesting to see English get a shot in Summer League with somebody and see if he’s taken something from his European experiences to expand and hone his game.
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