Earlier tonight, Detroit won it’s first Summer League game against the Philadelphia 76ers. The final score of the contest was 91-89. Four quarters wasn’t enough to settle this game, so it went into over time. Here’s a recap of the action.
The story in this game was Jason Maxiell. Being the only Pistons who has actually played in an NBA regular season game on the floor tonight, Maxiell scored 22 points. Arron Afflalo and Rodney Stuckey started off their NBA carriers well also, scoring 14 points each. Sammy Mejia, the Pistons second-round draft choice, scored 12 points, as well as the game winning three-pointer at the buzzer.
This game really means nothing, since there was no one extremely talented on either side of the floor. You can see this by looking at Jason Maxiell, who isn’t the most offensively talented guy in the world, dropping 22 on the Sixers. However, this was a good time for the Pistons to gauge how well their draft picks can play. Although Afflalo and Stuckey have already signed contracts with the Pistons, Mejia has not. This game and the rest of the Summer League games may be how Sammy earns his way onto the team.
The next time the Pistons play is on Monday, against the Memphis Grizzlies. I’ll have a recap of that game for you on Monday.