The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has assigned rookie forward Vernon Macklin to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.
Good for the Pistons and good for Macklin. Ideally, both sides will benefit from this move, and I certainly think the odds are better than with keeping Macklin glued to the bench.
The Pistons hadn’t used the D-League much until signing Walker Russell earlier this season. Although they considered assigning Terrico White to the D-League last season, the last time they actually sent down a player was more than three years ago, when they assigned Alex Acker and Walter Sharpe.
Since then, the D-League, like any professional organization finding its bearings, has only improved. Many NBA teams have taken advantage of the league, and it’s nice seeing the Pistons use that tool.
It should help Macklin, too. Not only will actually playing probably accelerate his development, he’ll be a free agent this summer. Whether it’s the Pistons or another organization, prospective teams will want to see him in action.
Plus, he’ll get to work with TrueHoop Network alum Sebastian Pruiti, so that’s always cool.
The Mad Ants host Tulsa at 5 p.m. tonight, and considering the Pistons deactivated Macklin on Friday in favor of Charlie Villanueva , this move probably wasn’t made on a whim. I’d guess Macklin will play tonight. Macklin won’t play tonight, according to the game’s broadcast.
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