NBA Summer League action begins today, and the Detroit Pistons will be playing their first game of the “Season” against the Houston Rockets at 3 P.M. Stan Van Gundy won’t be coaching the Pistons squad, but you can bet he and the rest of the front office will be watching closely to see who is improving.
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The Summer League is about one thing; development, and the front office and fans alike should be watching to see what youngsters have an arrow pointing up, and which ones simply don’t have what it takes to be on an NBA roster.
The Summer League is extremely important for a lot of players, and the two who may have the most on the line for the Pistons are Peyton Siva and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Siva is no doubt playing for a roster spot. After the Pistons brought in Spencer Dinwiddie in the draft, there simply may not be a spot for another backup point guard. Siva will need to be very impressive running the team in summer league to have a chance of making the final Pistons roster. Caldwell-Pope will need to show development to try to win some more playing time. The Pistons just gave 3 years and $19 million to Jodie Meeks to come and start at the shooting guard spot, the same spot Caldwell-Pope was supposed to grab and run with last season. Well he didn’t, and now Meeks will start, but Caldwell-Pope will look to show the Pistons in summer league that he is worthy of plenty of minutes off the bench.
Other players on the roster include Tony Mitchell, Ian Miller (FSU), David Lighty (OSU), Damion James, and Deandre Liggins among others. The coaching staff will be watching former second round Tony Mitchell closely, and will hope to see more of
the things that made him that second round selection.