In their 109-86 loss at home to the Pelicans on Wednesday night, the Pistons set a record for free-throw futility.
Detroit made just three of 17 attempts from the foul line, and the 17.6 make percentage is the worst for a single game in NBA history.
Ferguson’s sojourn to Australia has ended. The final numbers: slightly over 450 minutes played, a 47.0 true-shooting percentage, 5.4 PER and 31.3 percent mark from 3-point range. None of that is particularly promising, but remember that it’s quite difficult for 18-year-olds to find professional success in a foreign land overseas. By all accounts, Ferguson adjusted well on a personal level outside of the United States.
He’s back in America training for the NBA Draft now, and he will need to show teams the skills that made him a coveted 3-and-D recruit just a year ago. Again, Ferguson is at an advantage due to the NBA’s continual search for wings.
I would have probably laughed if you told me Luke Kennard would have a chance at going in the lottery in the preseason. But he’s earned his spot due to sheer offensive scoring ability off the ball.
Let’s look at a couple more examples to understand how having a shooting threat at every position makes Thomas’ life much easier. First, notice how Markieff Morris and Jason Smith would rather prevent their assignment from getting an open 3-pointer than helping Trey Burke contain Thomas. It’s a poorly defended sequence by the Wizards, but drawing all five defenders out of the paint means they have to pick their poison.