Detroit Pistons: Summer League surprises
I love a good glue guy and Braxton Key has shown that he might be able to fill that role for the Detroit Pistons at some point this season.
Key was probably the Summer League MVP for the Pistons, as he ended up in the top five in just about every statistical category, filling the stat sheet with points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.
The Pistons are familiar with his work after he spent time in the G-League and then got a call up late in the season.
Key is not a flashy guy but he makes plays on both ends. He’s a good passer who is unselfish and always looks to make that extra connecting pass to the shooter. On defense he is usually in the right spot and isn’t afraid to get physical.
He’s an alert defender off the ball who gets in the passing lanes and comes in for weak side blocks. He led the Pistons’ G-League team in blocks and was 2nd in rebounds, 4th in points, 2nd in steals and 5th in assists, showing a good all-around game.
His versatility might be enough to get him a roster spot depending on how things shake out, but even if he starts the season in the G-League, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Key getting run with the Pistons this season.