Pistons sign top pick Henry Ellenson to four-year deal

Rod Beard, The Detroit News
Henry Ellenson


The Pistons surprisingly got their versatile big man last month in the first round of the NBA draft.

And now they have him signed to a rookie contract.

The team announced Tuesday they have signed Henry Ellenson to a contract, completing their draft class, as second-round pick Michael Gbinije already signed last week. 

Ellenson’s deal is likely worth around $8 million over four years, fitting with the rookie pay scale. According to basketballInsiders.com, the escalating numbers would be $1.7 million next season, $1.78 million for 2017-18, $1.86 million for the third year and $2.86 million in the final season.

The Pistons selected Ellenson 18th overall, filling one of their biggest bench needs with a 6-foot-11 perimeter threat. Ellenson entered the draft after his freshman season at Marquette, where he averaged 17 points and 9.7 rebounds and was selected to the All-Big East first team.

At the Orlando Summer League this month, Ellenson started all five games and posted 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds. He showed good 3-point range and an ability to create his own shot off the dribble outside the paint.

Ellenson is projected to be a reserve, behind starter Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer, who was signed during free agency.