The fact that the Detroit Pistons are a little shorthanded at guard right now will be a chance for rookie Peyton Siva to see what he’s got, and the Pistons are somewhat impressed by what they see.
In his first four NBA games with Detroit, Siva had an average of 28 minutes per outing. He was also averaging 7.3 points, 5.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 30 percent from the floor, 40 percent in 3-pointers and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. His shooting percentage from the floor needs to go up, and his turnovers per game ratio needs to go way down from 4.25.
Siva seems to be impressing the Pistons coaches as he fills in with Brandon Jennings and Rodney Stuckey, who are sitting out with injuries. He had a very productive summer, which motivated the Pistons to give him a closer look and to give him plenty of opportunities to prove himself as a potential valuable member of this team.
Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks wanted to give Siva a lot of playing time to see what he could produce. After all, this is why they have preseasons. Siva has been nursing an injury, but still played through it when he saw 46 minutes of action against the Orlando Magic on Sunday night. That aspect alone made him very impressive to his coaches.
Siva is making mistakes and he knows it, but he also realizes he’s going to make a lot of them right now. The key is making a lot less later on. What Siva is able to do now will dictate what the Pistons can expect him to do as the season progresses.