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Point guard Casper Ware will play for the Pistons in the Orlando Summer League

Chris B. Haynes of Comcast Sportsnet:

A lot of Pistons fans were hoping for Scott Machado once he went undrafted, but it sounds like there is heavy competition for his services. Ware is a 5-foot-10 senior point guard from Long Beach State. He averaged 17.4 points and 3.4 assists per game as a senior while shooting 36 percent from three. Here’s Chad Ford’s scouting report on Ware:

Ware and Missouri Tigers guard Marcus Denmon matched up against each other in 3-on-3 play at the Santa Barbara workout. Ware is quicker and more aggressive as a defender. He’s totally unafraid to get up in your grill and disrupted Denmon on a number of players.

Hey, that sounds OK. After all, the Pistons need a tough, pass-first pure point gua … what? What’s that, Chad?

More of a combo guard than a point guard

So he could be a younger Will Bynum, I guess? Joe D loves him some hybrid guards. At any rate, I love watching Mid-Major guys earn their way into the NBA (personally, I’m pulling for my fellow Oakland alum Reggie Hamilton to fight his way onto a roster this summer). The Pistons need guard help, but not a scoring guard. So if Ware is going to win a spot this summer, hopefully he wows the Pistons with his passing ability.

13 Comments

  • Jun 29, 201211:43 pm
    by MrHappyMushroom

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    Yay, another point guard who doesn’t pass.  Drummond should be fabulous at creating his own shot next year, so why try to sign (or draft) someone who can pass?!

  • Jun 30, 201212:45 am
    by Mel

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    This dude is better than Bynum, Check the Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaQfk0q9rZc&feature=related

  • Jun 30, 20121:03 am
    by brandow

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    i say bring back walker russel jr. he was definetly a pass first point guard and he was pretty quick

    • Jun 30, 201210:04 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Can’t shoot though. They need both passing and 3-point shooting. Ideally, they can find a backup who is a distributor and who can be a spot-up shooter to help Stuckey/Knight have more open lanes and be a nice target for Monroe out of the post.

  • Jun 30, 20122:23 am
    by anotherchris

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    Filling that 3rd guard role will be important. Hopefully they put a bit more effort into it than an undrafted, undersized rookie (I am sure they will). Did they want to get a vet to help with Knight’s development. Maybe if they want a backup who is more point guard orientated that could have factored into the willingness to move Ben Gordon on.
     
    Not to get too off topic- but maybe Derek Fisher, Kirk Hinrich, maybe Mike Bibby if he is free, maybe Chauncy if they are happy to revisit that. Maybe move Magette’s expiring contract for a backup point if it is at all possible?

  • Jun 30, 20122:32 am
    by neutes

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    A PG that averaged 17 ppg on 36% shooting? Jesus. How many shots a game did he take? This looks like the worst PG in the country based on his stats.

    • Jun 30, 20122:35 am
      by neutes

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      Whew read that wrong. 36% was his 3 percentage. Too bad his overall percentage of 40% doesn’t look much better. L

  • Jun 30, 201210:09 am
    by Vic

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    Good for machado. He’ll probably end up getting paid more in the long run if he gets a good spot – since he’s the best point guard in this draft, and he won’t have to stick to a 3 yr minimum contract.
    Sometimes It’s better to be lucky than smart, but I sure wish the Pistons were smart.

  • Jun 30, 20121:09 pm
    by Kim Jong Skillz

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    sounds like nobody is an ncaa fan. casper is a 4 year starter & son of a LA street ball legend. last year he put up 40 next to lbj in the drew league during the lockout. he may be undersized, but his quickness & court vision more then make up for it. he can make the 3, go off the dribble, and pass the rock.
     
    long beach played the #1 strength of schedule last year & almost won his first ncaa game last year against a tough draw in new mexico. go look at where this kid & his team played & then draw up a conclusion. i followed long beach state all last year & went to 7 of their games. this kid will be in the league for a decade.

    • Jun 30, 201210:06 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      I don’t think anyone is down on Ware necessarily, his skillset just doesn’t seem to be what the Pistons need in a backup guard.

  • Jul 1, 20124:07 pm
    by Mel

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    Like I said, He’s better than Bynum and younger. Better defense. What the Pistons do need in a back up. Plus heart.

  • Jul 1, 20125:48 pm
    by Vic

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    You know now that I think about it I do remember reading about Casper. I still would prefer Machado, but there is no doubt Casper has talent. He’s had big games against good teams. He seems like one of those scoring pgs that can have the court vision to pass and can adapt if needed, kind of like Isaiah Thomas the absolute steal of last years draft. This is a smart move to give him a chance to rise to the occasion like his talent level and his history suggest. Could be the next Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento) if not the next Jeremy lin

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