So the NBA Summer leagues are underway.
I know numerous posters have come to hate the NBA (understandable) and among those who don't, there are still some that hate the summer league (televised scrimmages), but among Pistons fans some are hoping they now have their potential Big 3 and while it might take time for the other megateams to age, the Pistons might shortly become relevant again.
With the Lakers, Heat, and apparently Nets becoming hated teams loading up on superstars, I prefer the way the Pistons are building, similar to the Thunder. Now I'm not saying anyone on the Pistons is Durant, and probably not even Westbrook or possibly even Harden, but this is a good chance for younger players to get some court time together against non-teammate, officiated competition.
So knowing that Knight will get time this week with Drummond is big to me. Knight, Monroe, Stuckey, and Drummond represent our current young core. While summer league all-stars sometimes make little regular season impact, I'm encouraged by the performance on Kim English in yesterday's opener.
The Pistons are playing in the Orlando league this year instead of Vegas. They took on the Jazz yesterday and won the game by dominating the 3rd quarter, 32-11.
The starting 5 was Knight, Drummond, English and Kyle Singler and Austin Daye. 4 of the 5 were in double figures in what was a more defensive game, ending 76-73. The team shot 40% from the field, but the starters were far better than the subs, shooting 52%. The biggest concerns were some sloppiness (17 turnovers with only 10 assists), fouls (no limit in these leagues, but 4 Pistons had 4 or more in a 40 minute game), and a Drummond air-ball free throw attempt.
Otherwise decent start for the squad, who plays the Magic today, which got 24 and 12 yesterday from Andrew Nicholson.