Four days after going undrafted in 2019 NBA Draft, Louis King and the Detroit Pistons have agreed to a two-way contract, per Shams Charania of the Athletic. King was widely expected to be drafted in the second round but can still can make a pretty penny and develop into an NBA talent with the Pistons.
Each organization is allowed two, two-way players. The arrangement allows King to spend up to 45 days at the NBA level as a rookie, though the bulk of his action is likely to be in the G League with the Grand Rapids Drive. The contract is non-guaranteed and is salary dependent on which league he plays in next season. Two-way players, who maximized their 45-day allotment in the NBA last season, earned $506,215.
The 6-foot-9 forward will play the Pistons NBA Summer League team, which begins in early July.
Did you know? King became the third one-and-done player in Oregon men’s basketball program history (Troy Brown, 2018; Bol Bol, 2019).
WHAT THE PISTONS ARE SAYING
“Definitely a talented kid,” according to an article by the Detroit Free Press. “Good size, too. Needs to mature a little.”
A five-star recruit in Oregon's star-studded 2018 recruiting class, the Ducks’ leading scorer chose to strike when the iron was hot and leave UO after one season. King’s draft stock certainly climbed through Oregon’s run in the Pac-12 and NCAA Tournament after scoring in double-figures in each game and being named to the Pac-12 All-Tournament team. In seven postseason games, he averaged 16.4 points per game on 50 percent shooting, including an impressive 61.1 percent from beyond the arc.
WITH THE PISTONS
King has the potential to be a force on both ends of the floor if the Grand Rapids' staff can tap into his potential. King is a prospect who is able to play positionless ball and develop into a two-way player. His power forward size, tenacious defense and perimeter skill set make him an attractive pickup for the Pistons.
At 6-foot-9 and 195 pounds, King is a talented scoring wing with great size and length. King is long, fluid and surprisingly quick and explosive. On the defensive end, he is a menace: He had at least one steal in 16 of the 31 games played as a freshman.
NEEDS TO WORK ON
He needs to develop his post moves so that he can take advantage of mismatches on smaller or weaker defenders at the next level. His three-point shooting and dribbling must continue to improve and develop to space the floor. The Pistons will want to see him get stronger and put on more weight.
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