Thomas impresses Pistons with his hustle, defense

Terry Foster
The Detroit News

Orlando, Fla. — Forward Adonis Thomas did not have a good shooting day during the Piston's 77-69 summer league victory Sunday over the Clippers.

He was 2-for-9 from the field but that is fine with Thomas. He believes he showed coaches enough during the summer league and during practices to earn a roster spot during training camp. And once they get to see him in a competitive atmosphere against the main players then anything goes.

Thomas showed he is more than a shooter. A day after scoring 17 points and making three of four 3-point attempts against the Magic White team, he was on the floor diving for loose balls. He tapped some balls loose and led a pair of fast breaks.

"At the end of the day you want to give your all on defense," Thomas said. "Diving on the floor and making extra effort plays. I want to establish who I am with this team, whether it is diving on the floor and making plays defensively.

"A young guy like myself, if I am going to make it at the next level it is going to come through defensive plays."

Thomas, 22, played last season with the Grand Rapids Drive of the Developmental League. He played two collegiate seasons with Memphis but declared for the NBA and went undrafted. He has played in six NBA games with the Magic and 76ers.

Now Thomas is trying to latch on with the Pistons.

"Adonis is a really smart player," Pistons summer league coach Bob Beyer said.

"I give him a lot of credit because he came back to our facility and he has been working hard the whole month of June and our D-League coaches were extremely pleased with the way he played this year. He knows. He wants to come out and have a really, really big summer and has done a good job.

" He really has a big basketball IQ and he is hungry. He loves to be coached and he is a really great competitor."

Thomas promised to be the total package if the Pistons retain him. What type of player would they get?

"A great player," he said. "A guy that can make plays and make shots on the offensive end and give 100 percent effort on defense, continue to lock in and continue to be a great teammate on and off the court and be a great person."

Miller won't play

Official word came back that forward Quincy Miller won't play in any of the five summer league games and is out 4-6 weeks with a broken nose and orbital floor fracture and right eye corneal abrasion. That is the bad news. The good news is he won't require surgery.

Miller played in four games with the Pistons this season after he was initially signed to a 10-day contract in February. He has played in 102 NBA games with Denver, Sacramento and Detroit.

The Pistons believe Miller has a good shot of making the team either at power forward or small forward.

Slam dunks

Pistons guard Reggie Jackson talked for a long time with former Thunder teammate Kevin Durant during the game. The joke around the gym was Jackson trying to talk Durant into becoming a Piston when he becomes a free agent after next season.

... Spencer Dinwiddie ran the offense better but he continues to struggle. Dinwiddie had six assists but was 1-for-6 from the field and finished with six points and six turnovers.

In two games Dinwiddie has 12 turnovers and nine assists and is 5-for-16 from the field. Dinwiddie has also missed all five of his 3-point attempts.