Kim English's NBA Prospects Bleak After Release from Detroit Pistons

By John Raffel
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Once the Detroit Pistons signed Chauncey Billups to return to the franchise, they had no choice but to release Kim English from their roster. The Pistons gave Billups the 15th roster spot and English, who was in Orlando for summer basketball, was the logical player to drop.

But English is likely to sign with another NBA team. He needs to find someone who will offer a guaranteed contract, but he may not get that lucky and will probably have to work his way onto a team.

Here’s a player who could be an asset to a team looking for someone with his specific skills of being a knockdown shooter and a defender.

Now an unrestricted free agent, English averaged 2.9 points per game in 41 contests with the team last year. He doesn’t want to go someplace where he will just fill a preseason spot and then will be sent away prior to the tip off of the regular season.

In English’s case, it’s tough to find a spot out there with teams looking for players who can light up the nets on a given night or can play solid fundamental defense.

English is one of those borderline players who has to find the right situation. It obviously wasn’t Detroit. He went to a franchise that had a lot of young players and he was in a rookie class that included Andre Drummond, Khris Middleton and Kyle Singler, who are all key parts of the cornerstone the Pistons are building on for their future.

English needs to keep working hard and looking for that perfect situation that will help him find an NBA career.

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