The Detroit Pistons officially revealed their roster and schedule for the Orlando Pro Summer League, which kicks off Saturday, July 5 at 3 p.m. ET against the Houston Rockets. The roster includes three second-year players: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tony Mitchell and Peyton Siva.
It'll be interesting to monitor the development of all three players: Caldwell-Pope is potentially playing for a starting job, and Siva may need a strong performance to hold onto his roster spot. And Mitchell, of course, is simply exciting to watch anytime he's in the game -- at least if you enjoy rim-shattering dunks.
Spencer Dinwiddie, the team's lone selection in last week's NBA draft, will be present in Orlando and is technically on the roster, but he will not play as he continues his recovery from a turn ACL suffered last January.
Ten teams will participate in Orlando for the summer league, but it will be monitored by executives all across the league, as well as international scouts. So even though most of the players on Detroit's roster are fringe prospects with little chance of cracking the Pistons' roster, they're still playing for their livelihood, whether it's in the NBA, D-League or overseas.
All games are played at the Orlando Magic's practice facility and closed to the general public, although DBB's Mike Payne will be in attendance as a credentialed member of the media. All games will be broadcast on NBA TV. If you wish to watch games online, the NBA offers a live stream option for $15 that includes the entire Las Vegas summer league, as well.
The Pistons' first four opponents are already known, but the fifth will determined by a complicated playoff system that rewards each team's performance in the first four games. The Pistons' summer league coaching staff consists of Bob Beyer, Brendan Malone and Charles Klask.
Pistons summer league schedule:
|July 5||Detroit vs. Houston||3:00 p.m. ET|
|July 6||Detroit vs. Memphis||3:00 p.m. ET|
|July 8||Detroit vs. Miami||5:00 p.m. ET|
|July 9||Detroit vs. Boston||7:00 p.m. ET|
Pistons summer leaguer roster:
|Kentavious Caldwell-Pope||5||G||6-6||205||2/18/93||Georgia||1 Year|
|Brian Cook||54||F/C||6-9||234||12/4/80||Illinois||9 Years|
|Justin Harper||32||F||6-10||225||8/30/89||Richmond||1 Year|
|Damion James||28||F||6-7||225||10/7/87||Texas||4 Years|
|DeAndre Liggins||20||G||6-6||209||3/31/88||Kentucky||3 Years|
|David Lighty||23||G||6-6||216||5/27/88||Ohio State||None|
|Ian Miller||17||G||6-3||198||9/28/91||Florida State||None|
|Tony Mitchell||9||F||6-9||235||4/7/92||North Texas||1 Year|
|Tim Ohlbrecht||35||C||6-11||255||8/30/88||Germany||1 Year|
|Peyton Siva||34||G||6-0||185||10/24/90||Louisville||1 Year|
|Tristan Spurlock||42||F||6-8||230||2/3/91||Central Florida||None|