Wayne Ellington will play for Pistons vs. Wizards, won’t start
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) February 11, 2019
The Pistons traded one of their best shooters, Reggie Bullock, to the Los Angeles Lakers, so adding Ellington was huge for a Detroit team which is trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
In 25 games this season for the Heat, Ellington averaged 8.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists. The sharpshooter shot 37.5 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Detroit is 25-29 on the season, good for eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Ellington reportedly drew interest from multiple teams once he was waived by Phoenix, but the 31-year-old joined Detroit because of fit and opportunity.
Ellington figures to get a lot of wide-open looks with the Pistons playing alongside All-Stars Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, who command double teams in the post on a regular basis. Detroit starting point guard Reggie Jackson is also a good slasher who can collapse the paint on his drives to the basket.