Summer League Preview: Pistons vs. Magic

The Pistons got the short end of the straw on Thursday night, when it was announced they will play in the fifth place game on Friday morning against the host Orlando Magic. Detroit and Orlando will be the first teams to take the floor Friday morning, with the Pistons having the least amount of points of the three win teams. Orlando had the most points of the two loss teams.

The Magic came into their own Summer League with a lot of excitement. It’s the first time Orlando Magic fans got to see first round picks Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton.

The Orlando Summer League will play it’s championship game at noon, as Philadelphia battles Memphis. The championship and consolation games are played earlier in the day so they don’t have to compete with Las Vegas Summer League play, which starts at 4 PM ET on Friday.

Here’s what you need to know about tomorrow’s final Summer League game for the Pistons.

The Essentials

Detroit Pistons vs. Orlando Magic

Date: Friday, July 11th

Game Time: 8 AM ET

Venue: Amway Center Practice Court


Live StreamNBA Summer League Live (15$)

Opposing Viewpoint: Presto in the Paint

Orlando Summer League Final Standings

Memphis Grizzlies3123
Philadelphia 76ers3122
Boston Celtics3121
Indiana Pacers3121
Detroit Pistons3119
Orlando Magic2216
Miami Heat1313.5
Oklahoma City Thunder1312
Brooklyn Nets138
Houston Rockets044.5

Championship Day Schedule:

5 Detroit vs. 6 Orlando — 8 AM ET

3 Boston vs. 4 Indiana — 10 AM ET

1 Memphis vs. 2. Philadelphia — 12 PM ET

7 Miami vs. 8 Oklahoma City — 2 PM ET

9 Brooklyn vs. 10 Houstons — 4 PM ET

The Lead

Detroit enters the final day of Orlando Pro Summer League play with a lot of questions that need to be answered.  This will be the last look at prospects for Detroit. The Pistons are one of seven teams in the NBA that won’t have a team in Las Vegas this weekend and into next week.

Questions loom on whether the Pistons will elect to keep or release point guard Peyton Siva. Siva has had an impressive Summer League, but did not play in Wednesday’s finale for the Pistons because of a sore hamstring. It’s still unclear if he’ll play for Detroit tomorrow morning.

Stan Van Gundy, Bob Beyer, Brendan Malone, Jeff Bower, and the rest of the Pistons staff will be getting one last look at the likes of Christian Watford, Justin Harper, Brian Cook, Ian Miller and DeAndre Liggins.

Most importantly, other teams and leagues could be getting one more look at those players before Orlando Summer League play ends.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will start for the Pistons yet again. What an amazing Summer League performance. You can throw KCP into the ring as a potential starter now, when the regular season starts.

Something you couldn’t say confidently two weeks ago.

Detroit Pistons Probable Starters


Peyton Siva

PG, Louisville

Siva didn’t play on Wednesday, but you’d think if he can go on that sore hamstring, that he will get the start and make the most of it. Siva is a roster player, but his salary isn’t guaranteed. One more solid performance might force Detroit to keep him on their roster. If Siva cant go, Ian Miller will get the start. Miller has scored 16 points  in the last two games.  

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

SG, Georgia

He almost did it all alone for the fourth time during Summer League, but missed on a three point attempt with .4 left on the clock. Another solid 26 point performance for KCP on Wednesday. Looking forward to fireworks from KCP to end summer play.

DeAndre Liggins

SF, Kentucky

It’s been a pleasure watching DeAndre Liggins ball the last four games. He will more than likely move on from the Pistons, the way the roster has filled out for Detroit. After today’s game, he’ll play for the Clippers in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Justin Harper

PF, Richmond

Anytime you go 7/7 from the floor, you’ve earned a start the next game. Harper did everything well against the Celtics offensively. The jury is still out defensively on if he can stick with NBA talent. The Celtics killed the Pistons in the paint last time out. Part of that was on Harper. 

Tony Mitchell

C, North Texas

There is not another player in the league like Tony Mitchell. The sad thing is that can be taken as a backhanded compliment. How many players can say they had just two points , blocked the same shot twice, all while picking up a technical foul in Summer League play. That my friends, is the Tony Mitchell experience.

Orlando Magic Probable Starters


Elfrid Payton

PG, Louisiana-Lafayette

It’s been fun watching Payton ball for the Magic this summer league. I’m not sure what Magic fans expect of him, but man — he reminds me a ton of Rajon Rondo. The way he gets players involved is definitely NBA level. His offense has been put into question, but you got to like that he is selective with his shots. He only has 11 field goal attempts in Summer League play, but he’s shooting over 70% from the field.


Kim English

SG, Missouri

English has started all three games for the Magic, after a strong showing in France last season. The former Pistons draft pick has had literally the same stat line each game. 1-3 from three, five points and 2/5 shooting. English averaged 11 points per game as the starting point guard for Chorale De Roanne of France’s ProB league.


Aaron Gordon

SF, Arizona

Gordon has reminded us just how young he is with his performance so far on the court. He’s made some fantastic athletic plays, but at the same time has lacked consistency. It’s interesting that the Magic have been playing him at small forward, but that’s where the 4th overall selection feels he’s most comfortable on the floor.


Romero Osby

F, Oklahoma

The 2013 second round pick has had a good couple games for the Magic in Summer League play and is a great asset for the Magic youngsters. Playing with the D-League’s Maine Red Claws last season, Osby averaged 16 points per game on 45% shooting for the Red Claws.


Kadeem Batts

F, Providence

Batts is having a great Summer League, averaging 9 points per game and five rebounds, while playing center at just 6’9″. A true forward, Batts is holding his own in the post. He’s made 57% of his field goal attempts. Batts is a player that Jeff Bower coached against at Marist and raved about last season.

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