Detroit Pistons Have To Determine If Austin Daye’s Days Are Numbered

Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

Austin Daye‘s days could be numbered for the Detroit Pistons.

Daye had to have some life in the preseason after a very disappointing 2011-12 NBA campaign. He had made some progress in his first two seasons and seemed poise to have a breakout year, but it didn’t come close to happening.

Determined to turn around his fortunes, Daye worked hard in the offseason and had a decent summer league effort. It appeared his roster spot was solidified for 2012-13, and he might even see a fair amount of playing time each game.

It’s a whole new ballgame now for the former standout from Gonzaga.

In the Pistons’ first five games, Daye only saw action in three for 46 total minutes and was lackluster each time. He shot a terrible 3-of-20 from the floor, including a 0-of-8 run in 3-pointers. He hasn’t attempted a free throw. His rebounds are three offensive and 10 defensive. He’s had no turnovers and two steals.

Those are not exactly stats that are going to catch coach Lawrence Frank‘s eye. Unless Frank is comfortable enough to give Daye more playing time, it’s doubtful he’s going to do anything to convince general manager Joe Dumars to keep him on the roster.

Last season, Frank was happy with Daye’s contributions whenever he was in the lineup.

“Well you can’t say enough good things about Austin Daye, for a guy who I wasn’t playing, he was out of the rotation, he stepped in and you have to give him a great deal of credit, for stepping up and having a great performance,” Frank after one game. “Hopefully this is a spring board type of opportunity for him; it was good to see that even though he missed his first two shots, but he stayed with it, took open shots and I think it’s a credit to the ball movement. The ball was swinging, it wasn’t necessarily where we were calling his number. He was in positions where he could try and take advantage of some pick and roll rotations.”

That comment was last season, however, and it’s questionable if there will be a 2012-13 campaign for Austin Daye.

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