Scott Schroeder of Ridiculous Upside has a great preview for today’s NBA Summer League games, including why he thinks Vernon Macklin is the player to watch for the Pistons:
As far as the Pistons are concerned, I’m going to go with Vernon Macklin. Macklin wasn’t extended a qualifying offer by Detroit, making last summer’s second round pick an unrestricted free agent able to sign with any NBA team (which makes it weird that he chose to go to Summer League with the Pistons anyway). Macklin spent some time with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants this past season where I concluded the following:
Vernon had an advantage as a rookie this year considering he entered the league at the age of 25 with four years of high-level college experience already under his belt … could probably add some weight to make up for lack of size as a center in the NBA – more of a 4.5 … in 24 games split between the Pistons and Mad Ants, attempted a total of three jumpers … not a threat away from the basket … has a decent hook with his right, but otherwise limited with his back to the basket … tenacious n the offensive glass, but a fair amount of his offensive rebounds – both in the NBA and at the D-League level – came on putbacks of his own misses … has a tendency to just keep tipping the ball toward the rim hoping it’ll fall rather than controlling the offensive glass … powerful dunker … good hands for his size … already is what he’s going to be on offense.
I think Pistons fans will certainly be more interested in watching Andre Drummond, Kim English, Khris Middleton and Brandon Knight or, perhaps, seeing if Austin Daye can start to move past his season-long slump. But I do agree with Schroeder … Macklin potentially has the most to gain with a strong summer showing. It may not result in him earning a contract from the Pistons, but he could certainly land a job on another NBA bench if he plays well.
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