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Austin Daye practicing at power forward

Keith Langlois of Pistons.com:

Daye is along for the whole ride, and it’s telling that he’s been working at power forward almost exclusively so far.

“Everything is crowded with us right now,” Daye said. “We’ve got a lot of guys at a lot of positions. It’s just about carving your niche and I think I’m trying to do that at the four a little bit now and when we get there, play some three, some two. Whatever positions Lawrence wants me to play, I’m willing to play just to get out on the floor.”

There has been some sentiment within the organization that Daye’s best shot at a significant NBA future lies at that spot, where he can use his unusual gifts – not just deep shooting range but an assortment of mid-range shots within his arsenal – to vex traditional power forwards.

Because that worked so well the first time.

40 Comments

  • Jul 7, 20126:14 pm
    by jay

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    how about practicing how to lift weights?

  • Jul 7, 20126:24 pm
    by Shane

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    How can Skinny Daye play PF… he’s gonna get pushed around like a little boy out there :/

  • Jul 7, 20126:33 pm
    by DasMark

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    Maybe he’s trying to fill that ‘stretch 4′ role? His only competition for those minutes would be Villanueva, the only other player on the roster who may be in lower standing with the team than him.

  • Jul 7, 20126:33 pm
    by Bugsygod

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    I smell a trade coming! PLEASE!!

  • Jul 7, 20127:09 pm
    by Quick Darshan

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    I’d much prefer him at the 2.  You put him out there with Jerebko, Monroe and Drummond and you have four guys over 6’10.  You could run something like a pack line defense to force teams to shoot over the top.

  • Jul 7, 20128:52 pm
    by Aaron

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    If they would of drafted Ty Lawson in the first place this would not be an issue!!!    Also we wouldn’t be lacking a “run the offense” point guard either!!

    • Jul 7, 20129:17 pm
      by Mark

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      We also wouldn’t have drafted Knight either who’s going to be the better PG!

      • Jul 7, 201210:55 pm
        by tarsier

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        A) You don’t know Knight will be better than Lawson.

        B) You have no reason to believe that the presence of Lawson on the team would have changed the draft pick. Dumars didn’t take Knight because he filled a need. THey were definitely looking for a big. Dumars took Knight because he felt he was the best guy left on the board–although I maintain that Leonard would have been an equally sound pick (on retrospect Faried too. But at the time, Faried would have been a reach).

        C) Knight is, by all appearances, a combo guard. There would be no problem with having both Knight and Lawson.

        D) Even if they couldn’t co-exist, it would still be great to have both. You just trade one. And either would bring back more value than Daye.

        • Jul 8, 201212:07 am
          by Eric

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          In regards  to “B,” the point guard position was a need, since Stuckey was clearly not the answer at point guard anymore. It wasn’t as much of a need as a big man to pair up with Monroe, but it was still a need. 

          For “C,” Knight and Lawson would form one of the smaller backcourts in the NBA, so that would not work. Knight is better suited at the point guard position and trying to make him a combo guard might hurt his value.

          • Jul 8, 20123:15 am
            by Daye and Knight

            Agree with your points. As much as I like Stuckey I’m glad he’s not running point anymore. PG was hands down or second biggest need because after Stuckey all we had was Bynum…

          • Jul 8, 201210:15 am
            by tarsier

            “Stuckey was clearly not the answer at point guard anymore”

            At the time, there was lots of debate as to whether Stuckey was the answer at PG. So I”m not saying he clearly was, but it wasn’t clear either way.

            “Knight and Lawson would form one of the smaller backcourts in the NBA, so that would not work”

            Small is not necessarily a problem, especially in the backcourt. But even so, the Pistons still had Stuckey. So it’s not like they wouldn’t have been able to pick and choose who to use when. It might not work, but if so, it would probably be because of incompatible playing styles (which I doubt would end up being a problem). The top priority in defending guards is to stay in front of them and get a hand in their faces when they shoot. No matter how tall you are, you rarely block the shot. For staying in front, height is a non-factor. For getting a hand in the face, as long as you’re not routinely giving up over 6 inches, you should be ok.

            “Knight is better suited at the point guard position and trying to make him a combo guard might hurt his value”

            To the best of my understanding, even now, nobody is trying to make Knight a combo guard. But he is playing as one because, at least as of yet, that seems to be his most comfortable playing style. Look at the play from this past season. When Stuckey and Knight were out there, it was basically 50/50 who was the PG. Knight’s best talent currently is spot up shooting. Is that more of a PG or SG thing to have as your number one skill?

          • Jul 8, 201210:22 am
            by tarsier

            Daye and Knight,
            PG was hardly a major need anyway. The Pistons also had Walker Russel Jr. He was obviously no game changer but lots of fans liked him because he was a “true” pass-first PG. And he would have more than competently given the Pistons all they needed through this summer when there are so many PGs available that it wouldn’t be too difficult to get a starting caliber one (Dragic, Lowry, Brooks, Sessions, Lin, Nash, Kidd, Williams, Calderon, Billups and I might even be missing one or two). Obviously, the Pistons weren’t gonna wind up with Williams, Kidd, or Nash, but their presence on the market makes it all the easier to get some of the other guys.

    • Jul 9, 201211:08 am
      by MrCarter

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      At that time in 2009, Stuckey was our point gaurd of the future, so why would we have drafted Lawson? Personally, I wouldve rather went with Taj Gibson or at the very least BJ Mullens anyway.

  • Jul 7, 20129:16 pm
    by Mark

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    Daye is a true stretch 4, as in Stretch Armstrong, lol.

  • Jul 7, 201210:04 pm
    by Aaron

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    When it comes to orchestrating  an offense I say lawson.  NOt saying knight cant get job done.  Have no issue w  BK.   Didnt get drafting daye in the first place and 3yrs later He is  still looking for a role.   If we drafted lawson his role would of been defined imediatley!          

  • Jul 7, 201210:05 pm
    by TANNER

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    Real talk daye can go, but lets give him one more shot. I think he see this is a mans game for the first time. Why would he make the move to play PF. He know he on the block to be trade or what every.So he got to step up or head overseas to play. I Think he will be 75% better then lsat season, if he trying to play the 4.Thats with all summer camp, preseason. Time will tell.

  • Jul 7, 201210:15 pm
    by TANNER

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    We got a lot of young guys, we always hard on our teams. We think to much about the bad boy days, or joe bad picks. Ok.!!! lets all that go people. WE finally did with the lions. So lets do it with the  pistons.We need to belive again.I think joe back on point, thats just me..!!!

  • Jul 7, 201210:19 pm
    by Aaron

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    NOt trying to start a lawson/bk debate.    my argument is thought daye was a bad pick at the time and it seems he has not done much to change that,   and the fact  they are thinking about him playing 2guard shows he no clear role and if they drafted lawson he would of  been  productive andtmac would never of been starting at pg    

  • Jul 7, 201210:20 pm
    by Aaron

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    starting pg*   my  space  button  sucks                    

  • Jul 7, 201210:26 pm
    by TANNER

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    Ok but we didn’t draft lawson so let that go bro.!!!! we got to move forward and let the psat go thats all im saiding.

  • Jul 7, 201210:29 pm
    by TANNER

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    REAL talk we don’t know what they going do,PG know but at time if need yea he can handle the ball, but know im with you.

  • Jul 7, 201211:05 pm
    by ray

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    i still believe in daye and his game, now will he be a solid or good player for the pistons i dont know, but he is a very skilled offensive player. I dont wanna hear about his weight, from anyone that was look at john henson as a piston a month ago.
     
     

  • Jul 7, 201211:18 pm
    by TANNER

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    im with you about the weight, but he do need more trying play 4, we will see.The NBA will be better next season.The heat got a long road to repeat next season. Real talk people.!!!!! its  not going to be easy..!!!!!!

  • Jul 7, 201211:36 pm
    by Aaron

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    Hensons weight isnt an issue now but I bet u in 3-4yrs  if he doesnt bulk up he will be looking to change posistions because he wont be effective and thats what everyone is sayin about daye.  

       The only reason i brought up lawson was after reading how daye is fighting for playing time.   Made me think how I never got drafting him at all.        

        Im excited for this season and hope they can get back to playing entertaining winning bball             

  • Jul 7, 201211:44 pm
    by TANNER

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    forsho.!!!!! we will cuz!!! you will see just be cool bro.!!!

  • Jul 8, 201212:46 am
    by Crispus

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    I think Piston fans are terrified that Austin Daye will go to another team and immediately turn into Kevin Durant lite – 16 ppg and 6 boards and a wicked 3 pointer to start, with improvement over the years.

    • Jul 8, 20121:41 am
      by Patrick Hayes

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      16 and 6? That’s not Kevin Durant lite. That’s barely Danny Granger lite.

      • Jul 8, 201210:27 am
        by tarsier

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        Well a typical lite beer is made by brewing a slightly different but comparable batch of beer and mixing it about 50/50 with water.

        So maybe crispus meant taking KD’s stats, changing them slightly (but not really changing the value of them–maybe add a rebound and take away an assist or such) and cut them 50/50 with water (no production).

      • Jul 8, 201212:12 pm
        by Crispus

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        Well you get the idea, he’ll do much better for another team than he ever did for the Pistons and we’ll all tear our clothes and gnash our teeth.

  • Jul 8, 20121:07 am
    by Mel Crosby

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    Austin’s only real problem is confidence. The skills are there. But not having confidence can be a problem especially if your not getting enough playing time. He would need to play at least 20 to 30 minutes to get his confidence back, but he won’t really have that opportunity considering we have so many player at his position now. Confidence is the one thing you have to automatically have when coming into the league. He should of stayed in college longer to really get use to competing ( he has no fight in him).

    • Jul 8, 20124:13 am
      by anotherchris

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      Completley agree. Although he is at a physical disadvantage, he has a strong skill set and there is some precedent for slimmer players to find success in the NBA. It is hard to ‘diagnose’ exactly what is up- espeically as an outsider- but to me it seems he just doesnt have the arrogance required.
       
      Unfortunately for both Daye and Detroit the NBA isnt really a ‘coming of age’ league (Neither is Russia it seems). I hope he figures things out and perhaps a strong summer with the coaching staff can set a foundation for some progress this season.

  • Jul 8, 20121:12 am
    by MattM26

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    At 6’11 u dont have to be that heavy to play the 4 spot… Can and will he get backed down? absolutely! but he has the length to make up for his lack of strength.. Anytime u can bring a 6’11 scorer and pure shooter(and yes he is a pure shooter) off of the bench as a change of pace/style to Greg Monroe its a good thing! im not sayin he is going to be Dirk Nowitzki but the similarities are there and if he can be half of what Dirk is (Which is very possible) that would be a great weapon off the bench for years… he is still very young guys… Do we really wanna give up on a guy that we dont pay much this early… if nothing else sit him at the end of the bench and work with him untill he gets there!! There is something to be said for a 6’11 kid that can play three positions… hell thats why we drafted him.. some take longer than others to develope! At least give the kid 1 more year with a little more PT

    • Jul 8, 20125:22 pm
      by George

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      He can’t play any of those three positions “well”.  The reason he hasn’t locked down a specific role is that he gets exposed wherever you put him.  His length isn’t advantageous on defense whether he’s guarding 3s 4s or 5s, as he has neither the foot speed or the strength to hold his own.  Being 6’11″ with long arms will ensure that he can get his shot off unblocked, but when it’s not falling he’s absolutely useless.

      I hated the pick from the day the first rumors arose that Joe was interested in him, and I hate it more now.

      • Jul 9, 20127:53 am
        by MattM26

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        Never would I imply that he should play the 5!! He has played the 2 so i meant the 2,3 and 4… Im not saying the kids gonna be a star.. But he was brought into a horrible situation with all of the coaching drama etc.. He may never work out but we have seen flashes from this youngster and i think we should look at him for 1 more year is all!! We dont pay him much at all and hes off the books next year anyhow. If u can get something solid in a trade for him great but its not likely and a second round pick like eveyone is saying is not gonna end up being someone with the size and potential that he has!! If he ends up sitting at the end of the bench fine but i promise your not gonna see a 15 man rotation so who cares! As far as Charlie V goes, It doesnt make sense to pay him 18 million to play somewhere else.. I understand it will give us cap space this year but its cap space that we wont use so it makes absolutely no sense what so ever to write that check… Hes a good teamate and even when not playing i always seen him on his feet trying to motivate the team!

  • Jul 8, 20122:16 am
    by MNM

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    I wish some people would construct complete sentences when typing.

    • Jul 8, 20129:45 am
      by gmehl

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      Agreed. It gives me a freaking headache.

  • Jul 8, 20123:45 am
    by MrBlockedShot

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    I totally agree with @Mel Crosby. I think he hit the point with his comment. Daye’s main problem is confidence. But to have confidence problems after being in the league for three years is a very serious concern. True he had not much playing time last year, but the reality is he didn’t deserve those minutes. He was so errant on not contested shots it was a pain for us to keep him on the court. He was supossed to spread the floor and he was so inneficient. 
    I think he’s much more of a SF than a PF. Being a PF he could get to be, at most ,some kind of average Nowitzki (he’s long, he “can” shoot…) But he will always have the weight problem present. So it might be more of use for him to focus on improving condition (for sure he can get stronger), dribbling and quickness to be Durant-like player: very long, good range, quick, and almost always with height advantage over the opponents. Let’s see if he takes advantage of this summer league or not. Might be his last chance. Can’t wait to watch those games…

  • Jul 9, 201212:23 am
    by brandow

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    maybe theres a way to combine daye and cv, so that way it will be dayes long arms and cv’s weight all as one player

  • Jul 9, 201210:17 am
    by Ray

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    why trade Daye for a second rd pick, when he is just as talented as any 2nd rd pick…. he is a shooter….who can stretch the floor, but you cant set him for 3-4 games put him in for 3-5 minutes…and then give him garbage time and expect him to be effective….

    Draft a offensive player and then punish him because he isnt a defensive stopper doesnt make since…. Larry Brown did the same to Darko…not saying Darko was not going to bust anyway, but becoming the laughing stock of the city didnt help him either…\

    I still remember him blowing that wide open dunk, and I remember the look he had on his face, like I cant wait to get out of this city…..  The yes coaches are suppose to win, but they are also suppose to develop talent

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