Charlie Moore might be Detroit Pistons newest point guard
Sometimes good things come in small packages. Charlie Moore was very good for the Pistons in summer league, even though he stands 5-foot-11.
When Ivey and Saben Lee both went down with injuries in the Pistons second game, Moore, who played for four colleges, stepped up to assume command of the point guard position.
Moore, who last played at the University of Miami, led Detroit in assists in all four games he played (Ivey and Killian Hayes ran the point in the opener). Moore averaged 9.3 points and 6.8 assists and had a sparkling 46.7% shooting percentage on three-pointers.
Moore made sure he was leaving Las Vegas with a bang. He scored 21 points and making eight assists to lead Detroit to a win over the Orlando Magic.
The most vulnerable guard in the Pistons roster is Saben Lee. He scored 40 points regularly in G-League games last year but has not translated that success to NBA games.
He actually backslid on offense with the Pistons .Although he averaged 5.6 points, same as his rookie season, Lee’s overall shooting percentage was way down, and his three-point shooting percentage a miserable 23.4% percent.
Pistons management is looking for progress. Lee is almost in the same boat as Killian Hayes, without the spotlight of being the No. 7 overall pick in the draft.
To be put on the floor, he needs to make himself a threat on offense. Lee needs to turn into at least a respectable shooter, so the floor can be spaced for Cade Cunningham, Ivey and even Saddiq Bey.
Lee is only three inches taller than Moore, so size is not as big an issue as with other players.
One thing to keep in consideration is that a summer leaguer who makes the roster probably will be on a one-year, non-guaranteed, minimum salary, so they will make little impact on the Pistons salary cap.
Pistons GM Troy Weaver has made it clear he wants as much cap space for next season as possible. Replacing three current players with a Bernard, Koprivica. Key, Umude or Moore would certainly help him toward that goal.