The Pistons player who is in the ‘same class’ as Dirk Nowitzki, Ray Allen, per Dwane Casey
Dirk Nowitzki and Ray Allen might know that Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey is quite pleased with where Wayne Ellington is at right now. Ellington has been on a tear as of late and has been shooting lights-out in the Pistons’ last five games. The 2018 Coach of the Year is so high on his new swingman that he decided to compare him to a couple of all-time greats.
Per Casey, Ellington’s current shooting form with the Pistons is comparable to that of 2007 MVP Dirk Nowitzki and two-time NBA Champion Ray Allen.
#Pistons Dwane Casey said Wayne Ellington is in the same class with Dirk Nowitzki and Ray Allen as far as players he's coached with the shooting touch he's showing now.
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) January 26, 2021
For what it’s worth, Ellington has been absolutely on fire in Detroit’s last five outings. He was shooting 21/36 from three-point distance coming into the Pistons’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. Against Philly, Ellington continued his hot streak as he knocked down six out of his nine threes and ended the evening with 20 points after just 10 shots. More importantly, Ellington helped the Pistons break their four-game losing skid with a huge 119-104 win over the Sixers.
Ellington has definitely shown promise in his first season in Detroit. The journeyman seems to have found a home under Casey’s tutelage and has been one of the bright spots in the Pistons’ lowly 4-13 season. Though he’s been averaging an insane number of threes per game over the last six games (5.4 threes per game), the 33-year-old would still have to do a lot to get to Nowitzki’s or Allen’s status.
Pistons fans and other Nowitzki is a future Hall of Famer, a former MVP, and champion as well as one of the most talented shooters the league has ever seen. Allen, on the other hand, is the NBA’s current leader in 3-pointers made and made a name for himself as the most lethal shooter in his time in the league.