Detroit Pistons: Ryan Turell has career night for Motor City Cruise

NBA G League Ignite forward Cameron Young (1) drives the ball against Motor City Cruise forward Ryan Turell Credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports
NBA G League Ignite forward Cameron Young (1) drives the ball against Motor City Cruise forward Ryan Turell Credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports /

Fans of the Detroit Pistons have not had a whole lot to get excited about this season.

With the league’s worst record and Cade Cunningham out for the year, we’ve pretty much been relegated to watching the progress of the two rookies and Killian Hayes.

Isaiah Stewart’s evolution into one of the best shooting power forwards in the league has also been a pleasant surprise, but outside of that, it’s been a lost season for the Detroit Pistons, who are once again hoping that lottery luck can bail them out.

If you were hoping there was help arriving from the G-League, I wouldn’t hold your breath, as they too have been a bust so far this season with no real standouts, especially considering a big part of the roster is on the wrong side of 25-years-old.

They recently released Braxton Key (the only player even close to belonging in the NBA) but inexplicably kept Buddy Boeheim, whose dad must have had some favors coming from Troy Weaver.

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One of the only things to even monitor is the progress of Ryan Turell, who is attempting to make history by becoming the first Orthodox Jew to make the league.

He has had a few interesting moments this season, including last night, which was a career night for him and showed what he might be able to bring to the NBA.

Detroit Pistons: Ryan Turell has career night scoring

Ryan Turell hasn’t done much this season, though you wouldn’t know if from his fan club, who sit directly behind him on the bench and go nuts every time he enters the game.

He’s only averaging 3.5 points per game in just over eight minutes on average, so Turell has mostly been an afterthought on the Cruise even though he did pull off one of the most entertaining spin moves of the season.

Turell might have earned himself some more run after last night, as he poured in 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting in just 17 minutes. Turell led all college players in scoring last season, so we know he can put the ball in the hoop as he did last night, also knocking down 4-of-5 from long range:

Turell showed off his full offensive bag, as he took it strong off the bounce several times, finished around the rim and also hit some long-range shots.

He’s still long way from being an NBA player defensively, but his offense may eventually get him a look from some team looking for impact and instant offense off the bench. It’s possible we’ll see him get a call up at some point this season, as the Detroit Pistons have nothing to lose at this point and could definitely use a young scorer in their pipeline.

The Motor City Cruise haven’t been good this season, but hopefully they can use their remaining games to improve and showcase some of the talent they do have.

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