Kim English is one of this season’s rookies whom the Detroit Pistons probably aren’t planning on having as a part of their foundation in upcoming years.
The Pistons are looking at rookies Andre Drummond, Khris Middleton and Kyle Singler as three absolute keepers for next season. English might make it to next year’s NBA preseason camp, but then he likely will be cut. Middleton got the inside track on English in terms of contractual arrangements, and the Pistons are more likely to want to invest more in his future than someone else’s.
A a result, English didn’t get as much playing time as Middleton did late in the season. English averaged 2.9 points, one rebound and 0.6 assists per game. He saw action in half of the team’s games, 41, for 9.9 minutes per game. He shot 37.5 percent from the floor and 28.0 in 3-pointers. Both are impressive numbers. He also shot 72.4 percent from the free-throw line.
English came from the draft, via Missouri, to become a part of the Pistons and really didn’t make his mark as much as the other three rookies.
That’s why it’s hard to believe English will be on the Pistons’ roster next season. It’s likely Detroit will bring in one or two other rookies and give English his pink slip, allowing him to sign on with another team that’s also serious about the youth movement. Several teams like the Charlotte Bobcats, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards could probably find a place for English. So English is done as a Piston, but not as an NBA player.