Pistons second-year big man Henry Ellenson discusses his 29-point performance in the team’s 87-82 win over the Hornets to advance to the Orlando Summer League title game July 5, 2017.
Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press
Free Press sports writer Vince Ellis reports five observations on the Detroit Pistons from 2017 Orlando Pro Summer League.
1. Luke can score
Luke Kennard looks ready to contribute – at least offensively – after he finished the week averaging 17.2 points while shooting 48% from the three-point line. Displayed knack for making clutch plays.
2. Questions for Henry
Everyone knew Henry Ellenson was skilled but he has two question marks. He shot only 33% from three-point range and yielded huge scoring games to opponents. Averaged 17.4 points per game.
3. Summer’s feel-good story
Center Eric Moreland parlayed a strong camp and summer league performance into a Pistons contract. Led the league in rebounding (8.4) and was a shot-blocking monster.
4. Vanishing act
Probably not a good sign that veteran free agents performed better than second-year shooting guard Michael Gbinije. Aside from one highlight-reel dunk, he was hardly noticed.
5. Few stars
In what promised to be a star-studded event, Orlando Magic rookie Jonathan Isaac, Miami Heat rookie Bam Adebayo and Kennard were the only lottery picks to see the floor. Frank Ntilikina, Malik Monk were injured; Dennis Smith is playing for the Mavericks in Las Vegas.
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