Simone Fontecchio's offense, defense shows why Detroit Pistons traded for him

Mar 07, 2024 959

BY: Omari Sankofa II

Since Feb. 8, just two Detroit Pistons are averaging at least 15 points per game. They’re both doing so efficiently, too, shooting at least 46% overall and 40% on 3-pointers. The first? Their franchise player: Cade Cunningham, drafted in the summer of 2021. The second? Someone with 10 games as a Piston: Simone Fontecchio. 

The 6-foot-8 Italian sharpshooter was coveted by the Pistons at the NBA's trade deadline for his two-way ability. Since swapping his Utah Jazz gear for a Pistons jersey, he has been one of their most productive and reliable players. Despite the Pistons’ 118-110 loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday, he had 22 points off of the bench. That brought him to 15 points a game while hitting 41.5% of his team-high 6.5 3-point attempts per game in red, white and blue. 

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