Calling Dexter Pittman’s three years in the NBA unfruitful wouldn’t do his lack of impact justice. In 48 career games in the league, 41 of the with the Miami Heat before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies at the deadline this past season, Pittman has averaged just 2.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 7.2 minutes per game while shooting just 45.4 percent from the floor.
Memphis cut Pittman on April 14, though, just before the start of the postseason. However, Pittman is looking to find his way back to an NBA roster when training camp comes around as he will be in training camp with the Chicago Bulls in the coming weeks, as first reported by RealGM.
Pittman has never really shown the skill level equivalent to that of an elite big man in the league, but arguably his biggest issue in his three years in the league has been his conditioning. Even in college at Texas, Pittman being in good enough shape was a concern and that has followed him into the league.
However, he showed up at the Las Vegas Summer League, playing with the San Antonio Spurs’ squad, looking noticeably slimmer and looking more like a professional athlete. He actually produced well in a limited role at Summer League as well, averaging seven points, 5.8 rebounds and two blocks in 15 minutes per game over four contests.
The Bulls still have only 12 players on their roster, meaning that they still have to sign one more player to reach the NBA’s minimum 13-man roster. Pittman is one of the guys who could earn that spot with a strong showing at training camp. If he does so, he’ll obviously be playing behind Joakim Noah and Nazr Mohammed to start the year. However, with Noah’s recent issues with injuries and the 36-year-old Mohammed in a steady decline, Pittman could work his way into some playing time if he proves himself.
Who knows if Pittman’s Summer League conditioning and performance was just a mirage or if he is seriously committed to finding a place in the Association. However, if it’s the latter, the Bulls could be the team that gives him that chance.
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