The Pistons will play in the Orlando Summer League
Here’s what you need to know:
Orlando Summer League: July 1-5, 6th “Championship Day”
Utah Summer League: July 3, 5-6
Las Vegas Summer League: July 7-11, playoffs July 12-17
Orlando Summer League: Amway Center practice court
Utah Summer League: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Las Vegas Summer League: Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion
How to Watch:
All games will be broadcasted live on NBATV or on the ESPN networks. The Utah and Las Vegas Summer League’s are open to the public, while the Orlando league will not be.
And now for the team’s preview:
All expected players as of June 30th
Players expected to compete: Lorenzo Brown, Will Davis II, Henry Ellenson, Trey Freeman, Michael Gbinije, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, Pierre Jackson, Luke Kennard, Markus Kennedy, Eric Moreland, Landry Nnoko, Marcus Simmons, Hollis Thompson, Mike Tobey, Dez Wells, Derek Willis
Detroit has some exciting pieces to watch this summer. Current Pistons Henry Ellenson and Michael Gbinije played sparingly last season and a big summer could put them in a position for more playing time. G-League stars Eric Moreland and Lorenzo Brown are 5th and 6th respectively on the G-League NBA prospect rankings and both have NBA experience.
Another G-Leaguer, Dez Wells could receive an NBA job with a good showing in Orlando. The former Terrapin started all seven games for the Vegas Summer League Champion Chicago Bulls. Wells averaged 12.8 points per game and shot 42.2 percent with the Oklahoma City Blue last year.
Former Sixer Hollis Thompson spent last year with the Austin Spurs and he could receive a roster spot from an NBA team with a good showing this summer. Lights-out shooter Luke Kennard will be playing in NBA action for the first time. Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, brother of Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, received an invite after playing in the NBL last year.
Player to Watch: Pierre Jackson
Jackson will enter the year as the number one ranked G-League prospect. The Texas Legends star averaged 22.5 points, 7.7 assists, and 1.9 steals per game and he shot 37.2 percent from three.
Jackson earned a call-up with the Mavericks, where he appeared in eight games making one start. He averaged 15 points and 8.1 steals per 36 minutes.
If Jackson puts together a good summer, he for sure needs to get an NBA opportunity somewhere.