The Detroit Pistons had a decision to on forward Henry Ellenson earlier this week. Unfortunately for Ellenson, the Pistons did not pick up the third-year players’ option.
The Detroit Pistons assign Henry Ellenson and Khyri Thomas to @grdrive the team announced today.
— Jawnzun (@jawnzun) November 2, 2018
Ellenson will now face an uphill battle this season if he is trying to prove his worth to the Pistons. Detroit is off to a decent start so far this season (4-3), and appear to be moving on from their former 1st round pick. Ellenson has started two games in his 3-year career.
Henry Ellenson may make an impact for the Grand Rapids Drive but it may be too late for the former Marquette star if he hopes to rejoin the Detroit Pistons at any point this season. In 3 seasons with the Pistons, Ellenson averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 58 games. However, this season Ellenson was averaging 7.0 points and 3.3 rebounds.
It’s clear that stars Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin run the team right now. The power forward position is locked up plain and simple, and unfortunately it’s not in favor of Ellenson. Griffin has averaged 27.3 points and 10.6 rebounds in seven games for the Pistons and if Detroit wants to be successful this season, he’ll need to be on the court as much as possible.
Since acquiring Blake Griffin last season, the odds for any other player at his position to make an impact are pretty slim with the amount of minutes Griffin plays. Griffin also influences the offense and has been encourage by head coach Dwayne Casey to use his talents to run the offense. Henry Ellenson will need to develop a little more before he can make an impact at the highest level.