The Detroit Pistons are unsure as to when their lone draft choice in 2014, Spencer Dinwiddie will take the floor. Apparently there is no definitive timetable. Dinwiddie is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in mid-January while playing for the University of Colorado.
The injury caused Dinwiddie to miss the remainder of the season.
“I talked to the coaching staff and they don’t want me to set a direct timetable for my recovery,” he said minutes after being drafted 38th on Thursday. “That’s all I can say right now.”
Dinwiddie will accompany the team to Orlando for Summer League, but will not participate. ACL injuries typically take nine months for full recovery, although every player in every sport handles it differently.
While taking a guard wasn’t a surprise to many Pistons fans, taking a point guard was, especially considering nobody knows for sure when the rookie can play.
What is not surprising at all is the cautious approach Steve Van Gundy and company are taking. The Pistons had to like what they saw, to not only in taking a player who won’t hit the floor upon his arrival.
“His ability to move the ball, pass the ball and his instincts,” general manager Jeff Bower said, assessing Dinwiddie’s strengths. “He’s got outstanding size for the point-guard position (and) strength. A very good feel for moving the ball, as well as his scoring ability and ability to shoot. He can make plays for people. His instincts are that of a point guard. He has the size that gives him the flexibility to do different things.”
Perhaps Detroit is saving its $13.5 million in cap room for one of the notable fee agents that is about to hit the market.
Considering Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Singler have a combined three years of NBA experience, taking a “shooter” could be too much of a risk because there’s no exact science to how spot-up shooters translate to the pros.
The only positive in this situation is that it gives them further time to decide on the future of Peyton Siva, their second-round pick last year.