Yeah, I’m trolling here. But not too much. Admittedly, I do enjoy posting on the rare occasions when former Pistons show a glimmer of moderate promise elsewhere — see last year’s masterpiece of a headline, ‘Did the Pistons let DaJuan Summers go too soon?‘ after he had an OK four-game stretch with the Hornets last season. Always serves to get some of the ‘the Pistons give up on young players too soon!’ die-hards all frothy mouthed in the comments.
But, if you haven’t been following the Las Vegas Summer League all that closely, Terrico White is making the most of an opportunity with the Clippers, averaging 12.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1 steal in just over 16 minutes per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. Now the Clippers are loaded up at the guard position with Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, Jamal Crawford and Eric Bledsoe on the team. Plus, they have last year’s second round pick, Travis Leslie, a guard remarkably similar to White — big for his position, freakish athlete, not the most polished basketball player — also fighting for a roster spot, so White’s odds of making that team are pretty slim, but he’s played well enough to at the very least get a training camp invite from some team. He also reportedly has some good international teams pursuing him as well.
White will certainly go down as a draft pick the Pistons probably could’ve made better use of, but he’s also incredibly talented athletically — rated as a first round talent prior to that draft by many respected draft outlets, in fact. Injuries as well as the Pistons not being enamored with his work habits ultimately contributed to things not working out here, but I always root for players to make the most of the NBA opportunities they get, and it looks like White is doing that. Good for him.
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