How will Syracuse F Michael Gbinije do with the Detroit Pistons?

Gbinije may struggle to crack Detroit's starting rotation
Gbinije may struggle to crack Detroit’s starting rotation

Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) is an NBA writer for and the Associated Press. We recently sat down with him to break down Syracuse’s second round draft pick, Michael Gbinije. Here’s what he had to say:

The Juice Online: How did Michael Gbinije do in the NBA Summer League?

Mike Scotto: Gbinije struggled in his lone game beyond the arc shooting 2-for-10 for 10 points in a 81-49 rout of the New York Knicks. But he also stuffed the stat sheet, adding seven rebounds and five assists against just one turnover. He played all three perimeter positions with the Pistons trying to figure out what NBA position he’ll play. Unfortunately, that was his only game because he sprained an ankle in practice the next day.

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TJO: What kind of role do you see Gbinije playing on the Detroit Pistons this season if you were looking for Sports Betting Tips?

MS: At 24, he should come into the season as someone who is ready to play. However, the Pistons are loaded at small forward with Tobias Harris and Stanley Johnson. If the Pistons decide to use him at point guard, he’ll be competing with Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith at that spot. I think it’ll be hard for him to crack the rotation at the start of the season.

TJO: How will the Pistons do in the 2016-17 season?

MS: Detroit should remain a playoff team in the East. Young stars Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris should only get better with another year of development and improved chemistry.

See Scotto’s  thoughts on Syracuse’s first round pick, Malachi Richardson, from last week.

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