Daye is suffering through a perplexing slump from the field. He’s missed all 14 three-point attempts this season and hasn’t been a whole lot better inside the arc, shooting 33.3 percent. As Rob Mahoney noted last week, Ben Wallace vocally encouraged Daye to keep shooting rather than trying to take the ball to the hoop. Such forays are largely responsible for Daye’s turnover rate more than doubling in the early going. Daye’s projection hasn’t fallen off as much as the players ahead of him because he’s played just 140 minutes after nearly 1,500 last season, a sample more than sufficient to indicate Daye’s true skill. It’s seemingly a matter of him finding his confidence, but nobody knows when that might happen.
One more note from Pelton, who previously ranked the players who’ve surpassed preseason projections (No Pistons were included.):
You might look at this as the more depressing half of the series, but I actually see it the opposite way. For the most part, these players cannot possibly continue to play as poorly as they have, which is good news for their teams.