Hey dudes well with the Draft rapped up, UFA's are being snatched up by teams who are looking to find that diamond in the ruff, but one team isn't quite matching the flurry of activity seen around the rest of the league, The SVG ERA Detroit Pistons.There were a lot of guys that were expected to go in the draft but didn't and now alot of them are gone. Names floated by a number of sites include CJ Fair, Jahil Carson, Khem Birch, Keith Appling, Jabari Brown, Davion Berry and Travis Bader are all gone. After doing pretty thorough searches, I tried to come up with some available players the Pistons could go after. But before we get to that I thought we'd look at what past summer leagues can show us in regards to how many players SVG might be looking for and what kind of chance they will get at playing time. Looking at the past 3 Summer Leagues the Pistons usually get 13 players (they had 13 in 2010 and 2013 and 11 in 2012). In 15 games the Pistons would play anywhere between 7 and 11 players per game with the average being 10. In 15 games on average 5 players would play over 20 minutes, 1-2 players would play between 15 and 20 and 3-4 players would play under 15 minutes. So if the past is any indication the Summer League is a showcase for roughly 7 players, but before we can look into who should be brought in let's look at what we already have. PISTONS PLAYERS: We know for sure that
Peyton Siva and Tony Mitchell will play with the Summer League team in OrlandoIt also looks like Kentavious Caldwell Pope will participate and he could use it with his up and down rookie year. Which leaves Josh Harrellson on the fence because of his knee injury. Other Pistons who are technically eligible for Summer League are Gigi Datome who will be in Italy through the end of August. And also Andre Drummond and Kyle Singler are eligible because of the three years or less of pro ball rule for the Orlando Summer League, but that would just be cruel to the other teams. UFA'S Now I said before that the Pistons haven't been too active in picking up UFA but so far they have 2. 1. Tristan Spurlock: F/G 23 University of Central Florida 6-8 230 13/14 Stats: 11 ppg, 5.5 RPG, 33% on 4.5 3PA, 1.1 blk, 1.2 stl, 1.9 PFG, and 1.3 TO Being right near Orlando I'm sure SVG had a b-line on this local (for SVG) talent making him SVG's first UFA pickup. While none of his offensive numbers standout I'm guessing SVG was focused on the blocks and steals to give this Summer League a defensive edge. 2. Jordan Heath: F 23 Canisius 6-10 240 13/14 Stats: 10.5 ppg, 5.5 RPG, 41.3% on 3.2 3PA, 2.1 blk, 1 stl, 3.1 PFG, 1 TO Here is the obligatory "big man with range" pick everyone said SVG was looking for. So what we seem to have is five spots locked up with possibly one more (Harrellson if he's healthy.) So that leaves 7 more spots, now I'm not going to lie my criteria was pretty limited, the guy had to be a senior (because I assumed other grades would go back to school), played over 20 minutes per game, be a guard or guard forward (wanted to focus on the wings for 3 point shooting), and shoot over 37% from 3. So without further adieu I give you the rest of the Pistons Summer League roster. 1. De'mon Brooks: 22 F Davidson 6-7 230 13/14 Stats: 19 ppg, 1.4 apg, 7.1 rpg, 58.6 FG%, 45.2% on 1.1 3PAG, 3.5 pf, 2.2 to Caveat: Missed 6 games due to a leg injury 2. Cleveland Melvin: 23 F DePaul/Erie Bay Hawks 6'8 208 13/14 Stats: 16.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 47% FGA, 47% on 3.5 3PAG 1.6 blk, 1.9 pfg, 1.8 to Caveat: In February of 2014 Melvin was dismissed for violating team rules and only played 20 games he is now technically apart of the Erie Bay Hawks. 3. George Beamon: 23 G/F Manhattan 6-4 175 13/14 Stats: 18.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 40.8 FG%, 37% on 4.8 3PAG, 1.6 stl, 2.3 pf, 1.8 to Caveat: Really underweight for the NBA, collegiate level of competition. 4. JJ Mann: 23 G/F Belmont 6-6 215 13/14 Stats: 18.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 46% FG, 39% on 6.3 3PAG, 2.1 stl, 1.4 pf, 1.7 to Caveat: Short arms 6-5 wingspan, may not be able to get shot off at next level event though he scored 28 points on NC (at the time ranked 12) and 20 on Clemson at the NIT. 5. Shawn Glover: 24 G/F Oral Roberts University 6-7 215 13/14 Stats: 21.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 49.9% FG, 48% on 1.6 3PAG, 1.6 blk, 2 pf, 2.2 to Caveat: Level of competition in Southland conference. 6. Jordan Dykstra: 23 F South Dakota State 6-8 225 13/14 Stats: 16 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.9 assists, 45% FG, 40% on 4 3PAG, 2.6 pf, 1.7 to Caveat: Totally unknown player, no pre draft stuff written. 7. Luis Jacobo: 23 G/F IPPW 6-5 220 13/14 Stats: 15.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.4 assists, 46.2% FG, 39.8% on 5.6 3PAG, 1.7 pf, 1.8 to Caveat: Another unknown player, seems mostly to be a chucker and provides not much on defense. Update 7:00pm: decided to add a PG realizing Dinwiddie will be out for summer league, I was originally going to go with Flint's own Glenn Cosey but he is heading to France (look up his numbers and you'll see why). So here is: 8. TJ Bray: 22 PG Princeton 6-5 207 13/14 Stats: 18 ppg, 5.1 assists, 4.8 rpg, 53.7% FG, 41.3% on 4.8 3PAG, 1.3 stl, 2 pf, 1.8 to Caveat: Would really get into it with Jeremy Lin in any situation. So there you go the rest of the pre summer league roster with a focus on shooters for the wing. And just as an add on if any of these guys were replaced by post players like Patric Young from Florida or Artem Klimenko from Russia or even James Michael Macadoo from North Carolina I wouldn't be upset.