Anyone can look good in a 20-second highlight clip, but that's Alex Acker, who played overseas in Greece this past season. He was mentioned today in an interesting article on DraftExpress which talked about guys drafted by NBA teams but are still playing overseas:
Acker took a fairly strange route to making this list, being drafted in 2005 and playing a year for the Pistons before deciding to leave their qualifying offer on the table to sign with Euroleague powerhouse Olimpiacos in Greece. His rights are therefore owned by Detroit still, and the qualifying offer they made last year is still in effect as long as they still want him. Acker initially signed a two-year deal with Olimpiacos with a team option on the second year. The team decided that they do not want him back next year and already decided not to opt-in. Acker reportedly had some issues with the coaching staff last year and was close to not returning to Greece at one point after taking a short vacation back to the States. He was spectacular at times this season (flirting with an unprecedented Euroleague triple double against Prokom for example) and very average in others, showing the deficiencies he has in his game in regards to his maturity level and defensive ability. Still, with Carlos Delfino being shipped out and only Arron Afflalo competing with him for playing time at the swing position, the Pistons could very well decide to keep Acker if he shows progress during Summer League.
So the guy is currently unemployed, yet the Pistons have made no public mention about him coming over to play (or at least workout) at the Vegas Summer League (here's Detroit's current VSL roster). Is he in Detroit's plans? Or does he simply not need to participate in the VSL to win a roster spot?
(Thanks to DBB reader Fel for providing the links and connecting the dots -- sometimes you guys write these things for me.)