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07-09-2010, 03:07 PM

Not amazing but keep up the good work Austin!

07-09-2010, 06:18 PM
Austin was strong in today's game. Pistons won after trailing most of the game. He had 22 points. He got a lot of props from the announcers during the game, and was interviewed after the game.

The box score is not up yet, but I will post it as soon as it is.


07-09-2010, 06:54 PM
Daye looked great tonite. 22 pts 6reb 2 asst a couple steals down the stretch. He is so smooth. If only he didn't play out of postion here. I wish we couldve seen he and Elias play together. I see those guys making impacts in the NBA one day. One other thing, how about 4 of our 2008 team all getting shots to play in Vegas. I am lovin it.

07-09-2010, 08:08 PM
Nice props for Austin in NBA summary:


Box score:



07-09-2010, 09:46 PM
Daye received a nice write-up at ESPN also:


When the plays weren't there to orchestrate, Daye created for himself -- something we never saw materialize last season. He scored 22 points from every spot on the floor (7-for-12 FGs, 2-for-3 beyond the arc, 6-for-9 from the stripe), but more important for Detroit, he demonstrated a desire to orchestrate each possession, whether it was early offense or a more methodical half-court set.

07-10-2010, 06:16 PM
From what I saw, Austin did a good job again today. Unfortunately, we lost our satellite signal just as he went into the game for the 4th quarter. I can'y get the box score yet.

Anyone have anymore info?


07-10-2010, 07:26 PM
Game Story (http://nba.hu/summerleague/games/20100710/DETGSW/gameinfo.html)


07-10-2010, 08:51 PM
Austin's game is being rebroadcast at 10:00 PM PDT. With any help from the weather, I may be able to see it all!


07-11-2010, 07:47 AM
The true hoop blog has some great summer league tidbits, and is really high on Daye thus far:


Some good stuff about Micah in there as well.

07-11-2010, 08:51 AM

Nice mention, pics of Austin.

Takes a while to load.


07-11-2010, 09:46 AM
Austin's game from yesterday is being rebroadcast on NBA TV right now.
Of course, it will run into the World Cup in a short while! :p


07-13-2010, 01:36 PM
Hoopsworld post about Austin Daye and Greg Monroe (http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=16793):
Daye, the No. 15 pick in the 2009 draft, like most rookies entering the league struggled to find consistent minutes in the rotation. The 6-foot-11 Daye averaged 5.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in 13 minutes per outing as a rookie, but will have to battle veteran small forward Tayshaun Prince to secure a larger role in head coach John Kuester's lineup this year.

"You don't play basketball unless you want to play," Daye told HOOPSWORLD. "I'm definitely a competitive person and I know he's (Prince) a great player but I also want to be on the floor and produce as well. Training camp will be fun. We're just two competitors and we'll battle each other and make each other better."

Unseating Prince, a four-time All-Defensive second team selection, in the starting lineup is a stretch at this point. However, Daye's development in his sophomore season will likely determine the team's handling of Prince who has one year left on his deal ($11 million) and will likely be the topic of numerous trade rumors due to teams looking to acquire his expiring contract.

Daye possesses the same slender frame as Prince, but has noticeably bulked up since the season ended.

"I only took two weeks off after the season. Getting back in the gym and the weight room has helped my progression," stated Daye, averaging 21 points through two summer league contests.

Daye has even bigger goals and that's helping the Pistons get back to the postseason.

"I want playoffs more than you know. That's why I only took two weeks off. I don't like losing. I didn't lose a lot at Gonzaga. It's just in my blood; I don't like to lose at all. I'm very competitive. So hopefully we can get to the playoffs and make a little noise in the east," stated Daye to HOOPSWORLD.

If the youngsters play on the court this season matches this summer's confidence, there's no reason to believe that Detroit won't be in contention for one of the lower seeds in the Eastern Conference.

Read more NBA news and insight: http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=16793#ixzz0tbKfk5Gn

07-18-2010, 06:29 AM
FreeP story (http://www.freep.com/article/20100718/SPORTS03/7180423/1320/Pistons-Daye-is-stronger-hungrier). Nice story.

Pistons' Austin Daye adds size, strength, aggressiveness to game
Pat Sullivan remembers vividly the first couple of Summer League practices in July 2009.

He was focused on Daye, the Pistons' first-round pick out of Gonzaga.

He was trying to figure out why this guy was picked.

"I remember when he got drafted, I was like, 'I don't see it. I don't know where this kid is,' " the assistant coach recalled last week. "I went up to him and said, 'Hey, man, you got to start going now.' "

Well, he got it going last week. Daye was the most skilled player among the group of rookies and second-year players on this year's Summer League roster.

Daye might not look larger, but it's obvious he is stronger in his base.

"That's the main thing you got to establish first, not just your arm definition, but your legs, your lower back, your butt -- you got to make sure all those are strong, and in the post it's more about your legs than your upper body," Daye said.

And it seems he has added confidence, too. Whenever Daye caught the ball, he instantly would get into position where he could drive, shoot or pass. He came to Vegas looking to score.

"It's nice that I can rely on him, because he's such a skilled player," Sullivan said. "I can put him in a variety of positions, whether it's a post-up, (pick-and-rolls), and obviously his ability to shoot the ball from deep is always nice."

Daye is a young player, so his focus still needs work. Coach John Kuester said in the third game that Daye let his sore hip affect his concentration and defense. Kuester wants Daye to learn to play through adversity.

"I keep talking about the next play," Sullivan said. "If you make a mistake, don't show it with body language or anything like that.

"Just move on to the next play, and I think he's getting better at that."

07-19-2010, 07:24 AM
FreeP story (http://www.freep.com/article/20100718/SPORTS03/7180423/1320/Pistons-Daye-is-stronger-hungrier). Nice story.

Interesting to note that this article is reprinted in today's (Monday 07/20) Spokesman Review page 2 of the Sports Section.


08-18-2010, 09:49 AM
Added strength, confidence put Daye in the mix at crowded wing positions
Summer School: Coach
by Steve Hetzel
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Austin Daye was the Pistons' best player in Summer League, at least until a hip injury forced him to sit out the final two games.Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images
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Editorís note: Pistons.com continues its Summer School series Ė which tracks the off-seasons of last yearís three rookies (Austin Daye, DaJuan Summers and Jonas Jerebko) and the teamís two 2010 draft picks (Greg Monroe and Terrico White) Ė with observations this week from player development coach Steve Hetzel on Austin Daye.
We were so fortunate to have three rookies with the size and versatility that Austin Daye, Jonas Jerebko and DaJuan Summers have last season with the Pistons. All of them got a chance to play last season, in some cases because of all the injuries we experienced, and all three are having good summers.

Since the season ended, Austin has been in Las Vegas training and his focus has been on the weight room. When he came to visit us right before Summer League started, he worked out for a couple of days with myself and Coach Q. Both of us were pleased with the body mass he had added and, most importantly, Austin was quite pleased with the weight he had gained.

It was 7 pounds Ė all muscle Ė and thatís important for his confidence. Itís not life or death for his success in the league to be super strong, because heís such a unique athlete Ė 6-11 and he can play the two guard and is so skilled with the ball. But it is going to help his confidence being able to guard guys bigger than him.

What I saw from him in Summer League is that he plays at a great pace. He doesnít do anything too fast or too slow. Heís very methodical. He makes great reads when heís in pick and roll, which is something thatís very difficult for young players to do. If a big steps out, whatís the read? Is my big open? Is the throw-ahead open? Is the guy in the corner open?

I donít know if weíll use him as much there this year, but because of him being the superior player on our team in Summer League, the majority of the time that player is in pick and roll. He did a great job with it, just being patient.

Every time the kid shoots, I think itís going in. Everybody kind of raved about Austin and how he played in Summer League. He didnít force anything and thatís a good sign. Kids always want to show off what theyíve been working on and second-year guys want to show, because they have a year of NBA experience, how good they are. A lot of times, they hurt themselves by shooting too much or trying too hard. Austin did a great job of letting the game come to him.

Will the confidence he showed in Las Vegas carry over to the NBA regular season? Any time you have success against higher-level players Ė and even though the majority of players in Summer League arenít going to make the league, theyíre the highest level of college players there was and these guys all have legitimate chances to make a roster, or play overseas, which is just a step below the NBA Ė so any time you can find success, the confidence in your ability to just be on the floor, thatís half the battle.

Austin is going to have to earn his minutes in training camp, in the preseason, when minutes are given to everyone. The preseason is a huge time for these guys to get game minutes to show what they can do.

Heís going to have to be efficient. Heís going to have to be able to score in five-minute spurts when heís thrown into the game. Once we see him making an impact, heíll gain more trust.

We have such good veteran players Ė Ben Gordon, Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince, Rip Hamilton, now Tracy McGrady Ė thereís really no minutes for any of these young guys. Any minutes are earned in practice.

But thatís the situation for most young players Ė they just have to keep working on their game, working on their bodies and working on their strengths until they can do something and do it consistently so they get on the floor. Austin is so talented offensively, has a chance to show the coaches in training camp and preseason that he can do that.