For a team that hasn’t won many games over the last four seasons, the Detroit Pistons have gotten little from their two-way contracts and G-League affiliate even though there were plenty of minutes up for grabs.
The best teams (like the Heat and Nuggets) are able to find hidden gems that end up becoming productive players on lowball contracts, an advantage that will be even more important under the new CBA, which makes supermax deals bigger and makes it more difficult for teams to put quality rosters around their stars.
The Lakers have had some recent success in this regard, finding Alex Caruso and Austin Reaves outside if the draft.
LA recently waived another player who had a strong G-League season after going undrafted and could make a nice addition to the Detroit Pistons on a two-way deal.
Detroit Pistons: G-League standout waived by Lakers
Bryce Hamilton is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who spent the last season with the South Bay Lakers of the G-League.
He averaged 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting over 51 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from 3-point range.
He’s a solid defender and rebounder for his size and his shooting efficiency has gone up every season going back to college.
He’s not the type of player who is going to step in for the Pistons right away, but he has potential and might be worth a flyer on a two-way deal or at least an invite to training camp.
The Pistons currently have an open roster spot plus a two-way, so should be looking at as much low-risk, high-reward talent as possible.
The Lakers have been good at finding these players in the past, but didn’t have a path for Hamilton, so had to let him go before training camp.
The Detroit Pistons have to start hitting on some of these players, as their roster is going to get expensive soon enough and they will need some low-cost players who can contribute.