On Sunday, the 6’ 10”, 240-pound forward kept his high quality of play rolling, when he pitched in a team-high 15 points in the Detroit Pistons 103-78 victory over the New York Knicks. In the contest, Moreland shot 5-6 overall from the floor and 5-7 from the free throw stripe, while also grabbing 6 rebounds. For the second straight game, Moreland also tallied 4 blocks as well.
What immediately stands out about Moreland’s performances so far in the Orlando NBA Summer League is his sheer efficiency and effectiveness on both ends of the floor and his ability to impact the game, with or without the ball in his hands. The big man has frequently been featured in pick-and-roll situations for Detroit, where he excels both catching the ball going towards the rim and cleaning up his own team’s shots around the basket. An athletic and bruising talent, Moreland’s improved play has already caught the eye of scouts and teams (both in Detroit and beyond) that believe the Oregon State product will find his way into the NBA this year.
One notable analyst, Steve Kyler from Basketball Insiders, tweeted on Sunday about Moreland’s abilities and has apparently heard that “a few NBA teams are considering him as an inexpensive option.” For a reigning NBA D-League Eastern Conference All-Star like Moreland is, a simple chance back in the NBA may be all the shot that he needs.
My guy Eric Moreland has had a solid summer league. Hearing a few NBA teams are considering him as an inexpensive option. Has a real chance.— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) July 2, 2017
The Detroit Pistons will take a break from the Orlando NBA Summer League on Monday, July 3rd but will return to action on Tuesday, July 4th at 2 PM PT against the Miami Heat.