Viacheslav Kravtsov was one rookie who really never got much attention from the Detroit Pistons‘ coaching staff this season, and it’s unlikely he’ll get much from a new coaching staff either. In other words, Kravtsov might as well look for a new employer.
The Pistons liked what they saw of Kravtsov during the preseason so they decided to give him a roster spot. There was some talk about the 6-foot-11 rookie prospect getting some action underneath, but with the team extremely high on another rookie, Andre Drummond, there was never much room for him. He probably didn’t get the chance he deserved, but it’s too late for that now.
For the season, Kravtsov averaged 3.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He averaged nine minutes a game and didn’t shot too badly from the floor – 33-of-46 for 71.7 percent. His free-throw shooting is atrocious as he went 11-of-37 for 29.7 percent. No one in the NBA should be allowed to shoot free throws like that. It’s too easy to tell the defenses to foul him every time he goes up for a shot.
After a full preseason, Kravtsov started playing on Dec. 21 for one game then didn’t play until January when he saw two games the entire month. Starting Feb. 1, he was available to the Pistons the rest of the way. His best game was in late February when he saw 29 minutes against the Indiana Pacers and was 6-of-7 from the floor for 14 points and 10 rebounds.
That was the only game he was in double figures in both categories. Maybe he could have done more, but Kravtsov was never able to build up his credentials. Another team might give him a chance, but the Pistons never did and probably never will.