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The Big Question: Vernon Hamilton

With a cloud uncertainty thunder-storming, snowing and hailing on the Detroit Pistons, we wanted our Pistons preview series to capture that. So for each Piston, Patrick Hayes and I will identify and explain what we each see as the biggest question surrounding each player entering the season.

DF: Can he raise the intensity of training camp practices?

I know Vernon Hamilton will play hard in training camp. That’s his only option. If he doesn’t, his odds of making the team drop from 0.000001 percent to 0 percent. Besides, He’s a high-energy type, anyway.

But if his intensity is contagious, I think his camp invitation will be a success. If the players with guaranteed contracts are 70 percent as focused as Hamilton, I’ll take that as a small victory. Anything higher, is icing on the cake.

PH: Why Vernon Hamilton?

With many American players excelling in Europe, it might seem strange that the Pistons would bring in Hamilton, who had very pedestrian numbers. But, because he’s a guy with virtually no shot to make the roster because of the crowded backcourt, I think the Pistons wanted a specific skill: Hamilton is a ball-hawking defensive player who should be able to get after Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum and Terrico White in camp, pushing all three of them to protect the basketball better.

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  • Oct 1, 201011:11 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    thought this was an interesting quote from Chris Mullins – while relating it to Joe Dumar’s current situation.

    Mullin praised Walsh’s work in remodeling the Knicks and building around Amar’e Stoudemire. “Any time you get a star player like that, it makes it easier to evaluate what’s around him and what fits around him,” Mullin said. “The toughest thing in the league is if you don’t have that marquee guy, you don’t know what fits around guys. Now they have him and they can make legitimate evaluations.” New York Post

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