The Detroit Pistons have signed second-round draft pick Peyton Siva.
Previous reports alluded to the fact that the Pistons may ask the rookie to play overseas for a year. They had until Sept. 6 to offer him a deal, which seemed unlikely after adding Chauncey Billups. However, on Monday, Siva posted a picture via Instagram showing himself signing his contract with Detroit. Siva was the 56th pick in this year’s draft.
Siva impressed many during the NBA’s Summer League in Orlando, averaging eight points, six assists and three steals, managing a six to 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio. He was also named on the top player assists leaders, preceded by the likes of Phil Pressey, Dwight Buycks, Michael Carter-Williams and Cedric Jackson, who came in first with eight assists.
Despite an outstanding performance in the summer league, the main question now is whether Siva will get to play. Over the summer, the Pistons also added Josh Smith, Brandon Jennings and Billups. These point guards are obviously more experienced than Siva, but according to an ESPN report, he believes that he will see playing time.
Although he may not play as much as other rookies like Trey Burke, who is virtually guaranteed the starting position for the Utah Jazz, there is still a chance that Siva may see a few minutes in the league.
After a championship with Louisville and a strong performance during the summer league, he has it in him to be a strong back-up point guard and, one day, a good starting guard.
Until then, Siva will be preparing for the season and enjoy being a newlywed with long-time girlfriend Patience McCroskey.