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News » Detroit Pistons Roster Report 2009-07-25


Detroit Pistons Roster Report 2009-07-25


Detroit Pistons Roster Report 2009-07-25
DRAFT PICKS:

Austin Daye, F, 6-11, Gonzaga (first round) -- Very versatile offensive player whose lack of strength will be a liability defensively. He'll be an upgrade at the backup small forward spot.

DaJuan Summers, F, 6-8, Georgetown (second round) -- The Pistons view him mainly as a small forward, though he played a lot of power forward in college last season. Isn't afraid to mix it up but needs to become a better ball-handler.

Jonas Jerebko, F, 6-9, Sweden (second round) -- The Pistons were impressed with his all-around game and size during a team workout and believe his best position is power forward. Can bull his way onto the roster with a strong summer-league showing.

PLAYER NEWS:

--F Austin Daye, the team's first-round draft pick, put up solid numbers in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas but his overall play was a mixed bag. He averaged 17.0 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds and showed that his size (6-feet-11) and length would be an asset. But he made a team-high 18 turnovers, shot below 30 percent on three-point attempts and got overpowered at times.

--F DaJuan Summers averaged a team-high 18.0 points in summer-league action. Summers was overaggressive at times, picking up 10 fouls in one game, but he impressed with his scoring ability and toughness. Drafted No. 35 overall in June, Summers has a chance to jump right into the rotation.

--F Deron Washington started all five summer-league games at shooting guard but averaged just 8.2 points per game and missed 15 of 24 free-throw attempts. It's still a good bet the team will sign him to replace backup G Arron Afflalo, who was traded to Denver to open up salary-cap space to sign C Chris Wilcox. The club likes Washington's tenacity and believes he can be used as a defensive stopper.

MEDICAL WATCH:

No injuries to report.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: July 25, 2009

 

 
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