Pistons to sign Italian sharpshooter Luigi Datome for 3.5 million for 2 years.
Here is the video on him:
Luigi Datome was reportedly being pursued by the Celtics, Bucks, Rockets, Suns, Grizzlies, and Spurs. It's interesting he ended up with the Pistons on two fronts. 1: The Pistons already had 15 roster spots filled if you include this year's draft picks. You would think his agent would try to find a better situation for Datome playing time wise. 2. The Pistons signed a Euro free agent last year by the name of Vyacheslav Kravtsov, who received little playing with the team, esentially making the Pistons even less attractive.
Anyway, Datome averaged 16.3 points and shot 51.5 percent last season, including 39.4 percent on 3-pointers. He shot 92.6 percent on free throws. Those numbers are actually drop-offs from two years ago, when Datome shot 58.9 percent from the floor and 43.2 percent on 3-pointers. He is also the reigning MVP of the Italian League. This guy seems legit, as is most apparent when you consider the Spurs were one of the teams interested. Also significant is his stunning girlfriend, Selvaggia Lucarelli.
He is good, nice shooter and he could be a right player for Pistons.... do not expect the next Lebron James but a rotation player with something special to be intriguing.
Luigi Datome!!!! Haven't heard that name in forever... Awesome name drop and post!
Random thought: As I drove my car to work, my mind drifted from thinking about life and all it's compelxity to... WTF ever happened to Martynas Andriuskevicius or Pavel Podkolzin??? Lol All projected lottery picks (Datome as well) on this site at one time or another...
just read up on this guy. I have never seen him play so i wont assume anything about his game. The pistons have jSmoove, singler, and middleton at the 3 with Datome added. They also have jerbeko and TMitchell assuming he gets signed,who can both play the 3 at times, but are primarily power forwards. They have villanueva, and monroe who will be slid over this year to the power foward assuming they finally start drummond and have faith with Krastov being the consistent back up center. they also have KCP, english, and stuckey at the 2. For some reason, well legitimately rational reasons, i see a jam at the wing position. Somebody gotta go.
Dumars is a great guy, likeable and so on, but as a CEO the last ten years it is unbelievable. From drafting Darko without proper neuropsychological evaluation and believe me Darko has such a combination of anger, frustration, entitlement, laziness and low IQ he was never ever to be a good player. You need only two hours testing to conclude that drafting this guy before Melo is not possible. Should I mention Villanueva or Ben Gordon as great free agent signings, now Josh Smith what makes absolutely no sense at all. Datome is relatively cheap but on the NBA level he cant guard a chair, can not create or rebound, he is a shooter who is over his head with the NBA, so Joe is working hard to establish further the fact that Detroit has the worst home court in the League. Should I mention Mo Cheeks who nobody in this universum outside of Dumars had pegged in as a head coach. Ask the people in portland what they think about this move when they stop laughing. Fortunately the clock is ticking, next season will be his last as worst executive in the league.
Datome is just a great player and will surprise many... The only problem is that he won't have much playing time in Detroit.
He is the second best Italian player after Gallo and is also a decent defender. He would have been great in Boston or in Utah...
I do see a big trade coming soon. Stuckey, Villi, Jerebko, Singler(was suppose to be in the SL but has yet to play) are the odd men out in Detroit
Well probably nobody cares about that but since I am italian and we're both grown in the same region and we're the same age I've played against him many times back when I was young, he once even dunked on me on fast break.
He was one of the most hyped italian and european prospects when he was 15-19, had a very good debut in the italian League, and became a starter at the age of 18 (season 2005-2006) for MPS Siena, the best italian team in the last ten years. He was averaging something like 10 ppg in the first half of that season then they signed Jamal Thomas (Telfair's half brother if I recall correctly) and he ended up in the doghouse and his development slowed down a lot. I remember when I was like 16-17-18 hearing a lot of NBA draft talks about him, being totally excited, then he received little playing time, struggled a lot and seemed to be somewhat of a bust and I thought he would have never been able to be a Nba player.
I was thinking he looked great back when he was young just because he developed earlier than the other guys and looked more athletic than he really was. Then he had a breakout season in 2010/2011 and emerged as one of the best players in the italian league in the last two years (even though italian league is not as good as it used to be in the 90's and early 2000's). Above all he showed great improvements in what was considered is biggest weakness on offense, that is his ability to create is own shot and his willingness to go to the rim (earned a lot of free throws last year).
Anyways his best asset in the NBA will clearly be his ability as a spot up shooter (he has to adjust to NBA distance but I don't think it'll be a problem) as it won't be easy for him to create off the dribble with the athlete he will find there. I also think that he can play some 4 in today Nba's game, obviously as a stretch 4, he's quite tall (6'8" barefoot I think, making him a legit 6'9" with shoes) and has decent wingspan and runs the floor well. The biggest question mark is whether he will be able to guard NBA 3's, his lateral quickness isn't probably good enough for Nba standards. He was projected as a defensive stopper back when he was younger because of lenght and athleticism, but he's more a smooth athlete than an explosive one, so he can run the court well, jump, but doesn't move that well laterally. Anyways he has lenght and work attitude, so I'm curious to see if he can make it on D. I don't know how much Detroit is the right fit for him, as they already have Smith, Singler, Villanueva and Jerebko. I'm not sure Singler is a better player, and signing Datome might mean they don't like him that much, but Datome still has to prove he belongs in the Nba, something Singler did last year, so right now he's clearly ahead. He probably could've had more playing time going to Boston or Utah, but from what I've heard Boston offer was much lower (something like 900k for 2 years).
Blast from the past, feels like he's been around forever but he's only 25. His bread and butter is three-pointers unfortunately he's very poor laterally and all round an average athlete hurting his chances of getting open shots in the NBA. He would be effective as a specialist off the bench.