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Summer superstar Austin Daye is back

Last summer, there was no Piston I was more excited about heading into the season than Austin Daye. Loved his mix of height and shooting ability, loved how hard he seemed to work during the lockout and really thought he would become a weapon off Detroit’s bench with his long-range shooting.

We all know that failed to materialize, Daye had a terrible season shooting the ball and heads into this upcoming season perhaps fighting for a job on the team, let alone a rotation spot.

Well, if yesterday’s performance in the Pistons’ win over Orlando is any indication, he is at the very least going to make some of the upcoming roster decisions interesting. From Evan Dunlap of SB Nation:

Veteran forward Austin Daye is probably overqualified for summer league, with 182 games and 24 starts across three NBA seasons. His experience showed Tuesday afternoon as he shot 8-of-10 from the floor, scoring 24 points in just 23 minutes. He also added six rebounds.

A 6-foot-11 forward with a guard’s shooting touch, Daye presents matchup problems for opponents, and he schooled Magic rookie Andrew Nicholson by eluding him in pick-and-pop sets. He shot just 32.2 percent from the field for the Pistons in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign, but if Tuesday’s performance is any indication, he’s returned to form and could contribute plenty for a rebuilding Detroit squad.

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

The Magic defense couldn’t find him — and he made them pay. Daye also didn’t hesitate to go to the paint to bang around, even if he was playing out of position at power forward.

“This summer is my opportunity to play,” he said. “I don’t always look at things in a negative light. If I can take it as a learning experience and come into training camp more prepared, I’ll make the coaching staff play me.”

I certainly hope Daye continues to play well this summer and into training camp/preseason, but I’m going to hold off on getting to excited about it. Preparation and working hard in the offseason will obviously be big parts of whether or not Daye can turn his career around, but to this point, working hard hasn’t seemed to be the issue for him. I don’t think anyone would complain about his work ethic. The test is whether he can play confidently and efficiently during the regular season. The Pistons certainly need his perimeter shooting, so if he has indeed re-found his shooting stroke, that’s a positive development for the summer.

20 Comments

  • Jul 11, 201212:26 pm
    by Ray

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    I like Daye alot last year was tough for him all-around with the lockout and the decision to play overseas….but if you are a pistons fan you can deny his talent and ability too much there just to pass on….and he has not been put in the best situtions…

    He reminds of Delfino shows soo many flashes of good talent, but not given the oppurunity to turn flashes into stardom…or atleast a good rotation player off the bench

  • Jul 11, 201212:36 pm
    by apa8ren9

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    “…come into training camp more prepared, I’ll make the coaching staff play me.”  That is the most relevant thing he has said his entire time as a Piston.
    I believe he finally has got the message.  Nothing will be given.  It has to be earned.  He is not good enough for them to clear out the roster and just give him a spot.  When you get minutes, produce and you get more minutes.  Impact the game positively and you stay in the game during crunch time.  Now please Daye – Make it happen during the regular season!

  • Jul 11, 201212:43 pm
    by MrCarter

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    Uh, yeah, precisely why he won’t be with us next year

  • Jul 11, 201212:49 pm
    by Tiko

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    cant wait til he’s traded for a 2nd round pick

  • Jul 11, 201212:55 pm
    by Jodi Jezz

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    Trade Daye now while his value is at an all-time high!!

  • Jul 11, 20121:04 pm
    by sebastian

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    Maybe WE should trade OUR two old small forwards (Tay and Maggette) to Memphis for Rudy Gay and insert Daye in as OUR primary 6th-man.
     

    • Jul 11, 20121:05 pm
      by sebastian

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      Tay and Maggette for Gay works – http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=74x6bzg.
       

      • Jul 11, 20122:09 pm
        by Worm

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        Why would Memphis ever do that?

        • Jul 11, 20123:14 pm
          by sebastian

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          Worm: 1) trading Rudy Gay for Tay and Maggette gets the Grizzs out of the contract that they signed with Rudy Gay; 2) gives them an expiring contact (Magette’s); and 3) gives them a functioning SF (Tay) at a reasonable price.
          And, I do hear you folks screaming … well why would WE want Gay’s contract, because 1) WE need a real starting SF; 2) Gay is young and would be a really nice addition to OUR roster; and 3) it is time to put this rebuilding process on the fast track.
           

          • Jul 11, 20124:27 pm
            by ldre

            i can see them doing Gay for Tay, maggette and 2 first rounders.. maybe

          • Jul 12, 20128:23 am
            by tarsier

            “And, I do hear you folks screaming … well why would WE want Gay’s contract”

            Tay + Maggette for Gay is a lopsided enough trade, talent-wise, that I can’t imagine too many people screaming that. But it is, in theory, a plausible trade. Just because Memphis could otherwise have to pay some luxury tax real soon. And they probably don’t want to do that unless they are convinced that they are a serious contender. Also, as poorly as Prince has contributed to the Pistons of late, it is not a stretch to see him doing a lot more for a contender. Basically, on a very good team, Gay isn’t worth $10M more unless he is putting you over the top. But here, he could contribute immensely because once this team gets good, he shouldn’t yet be all washed up like I would expect of the older Prince.

  • Jul 11, 20121:20 pm
    by Birdman84

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    I hope we trade Daye. Keep playing well, Austin! Up that trade value!

  • Jul 11, 20124:35 pm
    by Aaron

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    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachinetradeId=7qs77z4          

    Far  fetched. Gives space for BIG BEN.  Rights wrong of 09 DRAFT                                                       

  • Jul 11, 20124:37 pm
    by Aaron

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    Re-linked   my  bad                   

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=7qs77z4

    • Jul 12, 20128:27 am
      by tarsier

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      Odds are that if the Pistons didn’t take Daye, they wouldn’t have taken Lawson either. Obviously, I don’t know Dumars’ draft board. But it seems that there were a ton of players in consideration for that pick. Daye and Lawson were just two of them. It is hardly a “wrong” when you don’t always draft the best future player left when your turn comes up. If someone were able to do that, a rich owner like Prokhorov (sp?) would snatch them up for something like a $25M/yr contract.

  • Jul 11, 20126:19 pm
    by MNM

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    I think the REAL question is, ”Will he be around long enough to make more ‘Daye Walking’ videos?”.. Thats probably the most relevent thing he’s done since being drafted.

  • Jul 11, 201211:49 pm
    by Lapin

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    How about Daye to Dallas? They’ve showed interest in Prince before, I know, but things have changed. Seems like a perfect fit to me based on the moves the Mavs have made in the last couple days.
    Daye’s contract is expiring.
    They lost their marksman off the bench.
    He comes cheap.

  • Jul 12, 20121:59 am
    by gmehl

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    The way Middleton is playing in SL atm don’t be surprised if the team cuts him and keeps Daye as a back-up SF/PF. If i was Middleton i’d be putting my hand up for Europe or the Mad Ants cause he is playing like a 3 legged dog. If Tay is the starting SF and Maggette/Singler get the leftover minutes the thing Daye has in his favour is his versatility even if he isn’t good overall at any of those positions. Here is a situation that hasn’t been brought up but how about seeing if Daye would be will to play overseas. We all know how badly his Russian campaign went but maybe playing in the Spanish league like Singler just did would benefit him. One of his contractual terms would be that he ate a sh!t load of pasta through the duration of his stay. Thoughts??

    • Jul 12, 20128:29 am
      by tarsier

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      He’s not playing well. But not exceptionally poorly either.Granted, with this over-crowded roster, “not exceptionally poorly” won’t cut it. So he may well get cut, but you don’t need to insult the poor guy.

    • Jul 12, 20121:03 pm
      by Lapin

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      My dog has three legs. Her name is Saya. She resents being implicated with Middleton in any way.

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