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
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.
- 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.