Detroit Pistons: The Summer League disappointments
The Detroit Pistons decided to take flyers on some elite shooters for the Summer League which totally makes sense given their lack of 3-point shooting.
It’s not a bad strategy, as you may be able to find a guy like Duncan Robinson, who was able to overcome his other limitations and contribute as a 3-point specialist.
Boeheim had a couple of nice moments, but really didn’t show much to justify why he was given a two-way deal before Summer League had even started.
Look, two-way contracts are about as valuable as the paper they are written on, so it’s not like the Pistons are locked into some horrible deal, but I thought there were other guys who showed more in Summer League.
Boeheim was woeful on defense, and though he has time to improve in that area, it’s going to be hard for him to overcome, even if he shoots the lights out, which he didn’t in Summer League, hitting just 31 percent of his long-range shots.
I think guys like Braxton Key, Stanley Umude, Jules Bernard and Charlie Moore all have a better chance of contributing at this point than Buddy, which begs the question as to why he got that contract without really showing anything.
Again, we can’t read too much into this nor get too worried or excited about a few exhibition games but Summer League was a mixed bag of promise and disappointment for the Detroit Pistons.