The Detroit Pistons will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the final game of Summer League this evening at 5:30 PM ET on NBA TV.
The end of Summer League is usually for diehards only, as the projected rotation players are already on the bench and the games usually feature guys who will be on the fringes of the NBA.
With so many players fighting for roster spots, it can lead to some spirited games and the Detroit Pistons still have a chance to win the Summer League championship, so I am sure the guys who do play will be leaving it all on the floor.
But let’s face it, most of the players involved will never be on an NBA roster, so some fans may need some extra motivation to sit through what will essentially be a meaningless scrimmage.
Here are some reasons for fans fo the Detroit Pistons to tune in.
Detroit Pistons: Reasons to gut out the Summer League
More Jalen Duren!
Jalen Duren has gotten plenty of run in all three Summer League games so far, and is likely to be the only future rotation player out there this evening if he plays at all.
Duren has been impressive in some areas, particularly rolling to the hoop on the pick-and-roll, running the floor and bringing some gravity and threat to the middle that was absent for most of last season.
But he does have some major flaws, as we expected being that he is only 18-years-old and has never played against this type of competition.
I’m hoping the coaches are in his ear about his effort on the boards, as he has averaged just three rebounds per game in his three appearances so far, not good for a guy with his size and athleticism.
The aggressiveness and motor he has shown on offense has often disappeared on the other end, especially when it comes to boxing out and going after rebounds aggressively. This will be something that keeps him out of the rotation early on, so it would be nice to see him get after it on the boards in the final game.