Stan Van Gundy talked about how he won’t be trying to hit home runs once free agency hits in July.
The Pistons’ new boss said the team would go into the free agency period and, “try to hit three singles, or maybe two singles and a double, and try to drive in a couple runs.”
Well, with the selection of Colorado guard Spencer Dinwiddie at No. 38, I think he’s smacked a solid single before free agency has even begun.
Dinwiddie isn’t going to wow you with his play, but he’s the kind of player who’s going to go out, do his job and give effort. He fits the old “Goin’ to Work” mantra of the mid-2000s Pistons. He’s rehabbing his knee after tearing his ACL in January, but once he’s healthy he should be a more-than-solid contributor off the bench.
Maybe I’m just a sucker for guys like Dinwiddie. He’s not the youngest or flashiest prospect, but he’s a versatile talent. He plays smart, he takes good shots, he plays some defense and he’s a big point guard at 6-foot-6. His ceiling isn’t that of a future NBA All-Star, but there’s nothing wrong with that. The really good players who end up drafted in the second round happen because teams sometimes look too hard for that “he can potentially be awesome” guy.
Look, the pick of Dinwiddie is no home run — so don’t drink that Koolaid too fast — but with all the “striking out” the Pistons have been doing in the past year, a solid single sure does sound good.