With NBA Tip-Off upon us (roughly 10 days) I have decided to utilize my pent-up excitement on a Detroit Piston player countdown and analyses featuring player history, their strengths and weaknesses, and what to expect from them this season.
Day 10: Peyton Siva
History: Siva lead The University of Louisville to two NCAA Final Fours where he won the National Championship his senior year. Drafted 56th overall in the 2013 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons then signed with the team on August 5, 2013.
Strengths: As a point guard, Siva has been described as a ‘natural.’ Apart from his “bulldog” defense (as stated by Dumars) he has good court vision. Also, his ability to control the rhythm of play is excellent for a rookie, and he has exhibited great calm under pressure. Off the dribble, Siva has a quick first step and good stop-to-start acceleration. He is also known for his work ethic, which coupled with something to prove by being new to the NBA, he could correct parts of his game that aren’t up to par.
Weaknesses: Peyton is short, standing at about 6’1″. This isn’t a huge deal if Siva can create his own shot in traffic, ie: Lindsey Hunter (I MISS YOU), Allen Iverson. What is undoubtedly the red flag on his resume is his jump shot; shooting below 29 percent from downtown in three consecutive years.
What To Expect: Siva recently played his first NBA game against the Brooklyn Nets (Pistons won 99-88) giving Detroit eight points and two assists in just 15 minutes. Despite being inactive since the summer league, Siva showed great control and pacing throughout play. He may come off the bench during the season to assist the other, more seasoned guards- Will Bynum, Chauncey Billups, Brandon Jennings, and Rodney Stuckey. If everyone stays moderately healthy and Siva doesn’t see much time on the court you can expect him to play a more dominant role next year.
Side Note: I am absolutely loving the PeyPey and DreDre (Andre Drummond) bromance. These two players are really into their social media outlets and it makes me really happy.