Quincy Miller one step closer to being part of Pistons' future
After starting his 2014-2015 NBA season playing in the D-League for the Reno Bighorns, he played his last game of the year as a member of the Detroit Pistons, riding out the first year of his two-year contract in Motown after being initially brought in following the Feb. 19 trade deadline as a ten-day contract player.
DBB readers and the Pistons' front office alike have been very intrigued in the 22-year-old's potential, with some solid D-League numbers under his belt, some decent burn over the last three games of the season and an entire offseason to work on his game, the future is looking bright for the former Baylor forward. Miller has expressed his willingness to stay in Motown, and Stan Van Gundy has reciprocated the feeling, with the biggest question surrounding the pairing being what position suits the lanky 6-foot-9 Miller best.
Pistons.com's Keith Langlois earlier reported that the Pistons viewed Miller as a stretch-4, but the view seems to have changed as he played most of his minutes for Detroit this season at small forward, a position Stan Van Gundy believes might be one which matches his specific skillset. Per Vincent Ellis at The Detroit Free Press:
"I don't think that's his comfort zone yet, but if you look at his skills and you look at his body, I'd think that would be the way to go," Van Gundy said before Monday night's 109-97 loss at the Cleveland Cavaliers. "We've seen him play more at the (power forward) with D-League stuff, things like that.
"We want to see him some at (small forward) so that's where we'll play him - probably - exclusively down the stretch."
In his first interview with Langlois, Miller himself described himself as a versatile wing-defender, one with range, who could easily put the ball on the floor and slash to the hoop, but wasn't sure if he was suited to play power forward in Detroit, pointing towards the Pistons' tendency to have a playmaking big man at that position. Quincy also compared himself to Anthony Tolliver, saying that although the journeyman forward is a better three-point shooter, Miller drives and converts at the basket at a better rate. While Anthony Tolliver isn't a bad NBA comparison compared to the worst-case scenario of Austin Daye proposed by Draft Express, there are still many who believe the young forward can become a poor-man's Kevin Durant able to stretch defenses and use his length to disturb opponent's offenses - something he did consistently in the D-League.
With the season at an end, the next look we will get at Quincy Miller will be during Summer League, where he is expected to be the team's starting small forward, and with an entire summer to polish his game and show the Pistons' front office what he is made of, don't be surprised if he puts on quite a show.
What type of contract will Reggie Jackson command?
Greg Monroe has dominated the Pistons' free agency talks as we roll into the postseason, however Monroe isn't the only big name looking to secure a long-lasting contract in the League. With Andre Drummond essentially a lock to receive a max offer from Detroit, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope still on his rookie deal, Reggie Jackson is the next biggest name on the Pistons' free agency board. While the newly acquired point guard is a restricted free agent, his dazzling play and potential drawbacks have led many to question what type of offer Jackson would command from the Pistons, or any other interested party.
Sports Illustrated's Alex Hampl took a look at what the new Pistons' point guard of the future's potential price tag, and came to the conclusion that due to the upcoming salary cap increase in coming years, a $14 million + per year contract wouldn't be overpaying for Jackson's services. Hampl compared Jackson to the Phoenix Suns' Eric Bledsoe, who signed a five year, $70 million contract in the same 2014 offseason that saw Reggie decline a four year, $48 million tender from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Explaining that Jackson would easily commend what Bledsoe was offered, Hampl goes on to point at Detroit's increased offensive efficiency since Jackson's arrival, and Reggie's performance in the Motor City as key reasons for the Pistons to lock up the energetic guard.
However, he also considers the possibility of Jackson's stats in Detroit being flukes, empty numbers boosted by his usage rate, and looks into his poor career shooting numbers. With the Pistons reportedly ready to match any offers he receives, Jackson seems to be a lock to become a Piston for the years ahead, but it is his potential and the unknowns that makes Jackson an intriguing free agent prospect, one, according to Hampl, who could easily earn him over $14 million a year.
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