Pistons Summer League roster starts to take shape

Mike Payne

Summer League play starts next week in Orlando.

Several names have begun to emerge for the Pistons roster for next week's Orlando Pro Summer League. Second-year Pistons players Kentavious-Caldwell Pope, Peyton Siva, and Tony Mitchell will each suit up with something to prove. Andre Drummond and Kyle Singler will practice with the squad, but will not participate in games.

Assistant coach Bob Beyer will coach the team in the summer league, with Brendan Malone and Charles Klask assisting. We've got the full schedule for the games on DBB here.

In addition to the returning Pistons, several other names have popped up for the Pistons' roster.

DeAndre Liggins: The reigning D-League Defensive Player of the Year filled the stat sheet with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2.6 steals per game for the Sioux Falls Skyforce last season. He has averaged 35.4 percent from three in 61 career D-League games. The 26 year old wing has a history with Stan Van Gundy, previously playing for him in Orlando during the 2011-12 season. Don't be too surprised to see him in a Pistons jersey at some point next season.

Tristan Spurlock: An undrafted free agent, Spurlock is 23 years old and a big wing at 6'8, 230 pounds. He transferred from Virginia to Central Florida, and averaged 33 percent from three over his career. He was noted as an athletic and energetic player, but disappointing thanks to inconsistency and an inability to fulfill his potential.

Mustafa Shakur: After bouncing around Europe and the D-League, Shakur has developed into a nifty scoring point guard. Last season he averaged 17 points on 57.6 percent true shooting and 6 assists between two D-League teams, helping him earn a cup of coffee with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He turns 30 this season, probably not a long-term fit for the Pistons.

Jordan Heath: Another undrafted free agent, Heath is a stretch big man from Canisius College. He shot 40 percent from three over the past two years, with over 40 percent of his field goal attempts coming from behind the arc. He's listed at 6'10, 240 pounds and is 22 years old.

Markel Starks: Of the team's undrafted free agents, Starks is probably the most likely to eventually find a role in the league. He's a skinny, athletic 6'2 point guard who put up 17 points and 4 assists last year at Georgetown. He also put up a strong showing at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in April, which regularly helps unearths solid under-the-radar NBA prospects.

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