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Don’t forget to watch the Pistons Summer league games starting Sunday.  It’s your first chance to see Detroit’s new draft picks in action.  All games will be broadcast on NBATV.

July 7 Detroit vs. Brooklyn 5:00 p.m. ET
July 8 Detroit vs. Boston 3:00 p.m. ET
July 9 Detroit vs. Oklahoma City 1:00 p.m. ET
July 11 Detroit vs. Miami 1:00 p.m. ET

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Summer LEagueI am, but unfortunately due to the times of the games, I’m relying on my trusty Tivo or the occasional 4AM rebroadcast.

What I’ve gleaned from watching just two games so far, since I’m going to tackle the Oklahoma City 83-64 loss that happened Wednesday afternoon.

  • Andre  Drummond is everything we think he is and hopefully more. The big guy is a project, but after I saw how easy he makes it look to block a shot I was sold. You can see why they say he needs to put forth a little (or a lot) more effort when you watch him sauntering down the court. When he learns how to hustle on every play…watch out.His free throws however are something to behold. I can probably hit more than him and I haven’t shot a regulation free throw since I was in the ninth grade.
  • Kyle Singler will be a very serviceable player for the Pistons.
  • Austin Day will probably forever be hot or very, very cold. I’m not giving him a pass for putting up 24 points in a summer league game, but I’m pulling for him for two reasons. He’s go a nice shot when he’s on, and if he plays well he might actually be able to be worth something in a trade.
  • Yancy Gates was a surprise.
  • Khris Middleton hasn’t shown much of anything yet.
  • I might be really sold on Kim English who’s got a sweet shot, and scored 18 against the Jazz in his first game.

Wins or losses, this part of the rebuilding is going to be fun. I’m excited to see the team play this year as well as the new renovations at The Palace.
Pistons vs. OKC via NBA.COM

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The #Pistons Summer League games are upon us, and it starts on Monday July 9th.  All five of the Pistons’ games in Orlando Summer League will be televised live on NBA TV while also being replayed each night.  Bonus for all of those who have NBA TV.
The Summer League Roster consists of:

  • F Austin Daye
  • C Andre Drummond
  • G Kim English
  • F/C Yancy Gates
  • G Armon Johnson
  • G Brandon Knight
  • F/C Vernon Macklin
  • G/F Khris Middleton
  • G Patrick Richard
  • F Kyle Singler
  • G Casper Ware

Unfortunately it looks like we won’t get to look at what Ukrainian center Vyacheslav Kravtsov can do for the team just yet. He’s in negotiation with the Pistons and can’t officially sign a contract with them until July 11th.

The Schedule:

  • July 9: Pistons vs. Jazz, 3 p.m.
  • July 10: Pistons vs. Orlando, 3 p.m.
  • July 11: Pistons vs. Thunder, 1 p.m.
  • July 12: Pistons vs. Celtics, 11 a.m.
  • July 13: Pistons vs. 76ers, noon.

The Rules are a bit different for Summer League games.

  • 10-minute quarters
  • 3-minute overtime period(s)
  • 5 full timeouts per team per game
  • 2 one-minute mandatory TV timeouts per quarter on the first dead ball at 5:59 and then again at 2:59 on clock
  • Maximum of 3 full timeouts to be used in the 4th quarter per team
  • 1 :20 second timeout per team per half
  • 1 full timeout and one :20 second timeout per overtime period per team
  • Teams will be in the penalty on the 5th team foul of each quarter
  • Teams will be in the penalty in overtime on the 3rd team foul
  • No foul out rule – for each personal foul in excess of 6, the opposing team receives 2 free throws. For each personal foul in excess of 10, the opposing team receives 2 free throws and the ball.
  • 10-minute halftime periods during games
  • 10-minute intermission between game

I don’t think I’ve been this excited about the Pistons Summer League games since…ever.

Before I could even get him tooned, the Pistons first round draft pick is having surgery. The Free Press doesn’t make much of the whole thing, sort of throwing the bit of new in the same sentence as Jonas Jerebko playing for the Swedish national team, but to me surgery is surgery.

I’m not going to sit here and use a foot issue (like some will likely do) as an excuse for Monroe’s Vegas Summer League performances.  I wasn’t expecting him to blow us away,  I know what he’s capable of.  Summer League is a learning tool and Greg did just that. Just check out the highlights in his last game in Vegas.

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Video Courtesy of Pistons.com

  • The Ben Wallace to the Pistons speculation is gaining ground.
  • New assistant coach Brian Hill on board in Detroit.
  • Don’t miss the Pistons summer league wrap up on Sunday Night July 26, at 8 & 10 pm followed by a must see Special on the one and only Chuck Daly at 8:30 & 10:30 pm on Fox Sports Detroit.
  • Eli Zaret caught up with Chris Wilcox when the Pistons inked his contract.  Get to know him in if you already don’t.
  • For all of you who keep inquiring…Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Austin Daye, DaJuan Summers, Jonas Jerebko and the voice of the Pistons John Mason have all been Tooned. Wilcox is on his way and the sidebar with the faces will be changed once the full roster is set.
  • And by the way…you may not have been the only one who missed the Charlie Villanueva Toon….he asked me himself when he was getting one.  Little did he know he missed it…and FYI he liked it.
  • I was pretty sure Will Bynum was going to come after me with all the photoshop fun I had with his interview, but he actually loved it.  Thank goodness, I thought I was going to have to go into basketball hiding, which I would assume would involve me going to Memphis and covering the Grizzlies.
  • Summer League Video Highlights Austin Daye.
  • Summer League Video Highlights of DaJuan Summers.
  • Summer League Video Highlights of Jonus Jerebko.
  • Deron Washington is doing his best to make the Pistons.  Plus another YouTube classic from my friend Elie Seckbach with Deron.
  • Austin Daye let us know via Twitter that he signed his contract with the Pistons.  “@Adaye5: Just signed my contract haha great day about to head to Spokane fir a lil and see some friends…” If you were following Austin or myself you would already know.
  • Um…why didn’t I play in George Blaha’s High Hopes Golf Invitational? Pairing up with the Microwave would have been awesome. (Photos)
  • Chris Weber gives us his Fab Five Pistons.


  • Kwame Brown will return to play for Detroit.
  • Interesting thoughts on why Boozer should Opt-out.
  • Nothing official yet on Pistons top Free Agent target Boozer…he has until 5pm today to make his the decision to stay with Utah or opt out and test the free agent market.
  • Dumars can start negotiating with Free Agents Wednesday July 1st, but can’t sign anyone until July 8th.
  • Free Agency looms….
  • The Bucks are not make a qualifying offer to Villanueva, making him an unrestricted free agent. Villanueva is now on the Pistons radar.
  • Pistons summer league taking shape.
  • Jonas Jerebko is a blast from Joe Dumars’ past