As head coach of the Toronto Raptors from 2011-2018, Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey was deeply entrenched of their famend participant improvement system. The Raptors’ G League affiliate, Raptors 905, launched in 2015 and rapidly grew to become an integral a part of their operation.
Two of Toronto’s greatest gamers, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, spent important time with Raptors 905 earlier than carving out roles within the NBA. VanVleet, who averaged 17.6 factors and 6.6 assists this previous season, went undrafted in 2016, and Siakam, who gained the NBA’s Most Improved award in 2019, was the twenty seventh decide of the 2016 draft.
Each Siakam and VanVleet had been core gamers for Raptors 905 in 2016-17, serving to the franchise win a D League-best 39 video games that season and main them to a championship.
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Present Raptors position gamers Norman Powell and Chris Boucher, in addition to Mavericks guard Delon Wright and Spurs middle Jakob Poeltl, additionally frolicked with Raptors 905. The franchise is situated in Mississauga, Ontario, and performs most of its residence video games 18.6 miles (or roughly 30 kilometers) away from the Raptors’ residence, Scotiabank Enviornment.
The Detroit Pistons’ new G League group, the Motor Metropolis Cruise, which can begin play for the 2021-22 season, can be situated even nearer. The Cruise will play their residence video games in a brand new enviornment on Wayne State’s campus, about two miles north of Little Caesars Enviornment, and share the Henry Ford Pistons Efficiency Heart with the Pistons. The proximity ought to permit an amazing degree of synergy, and the affiliation will permit each franchises to run related techniques on the court docket.
Casey is worked up. The Pistons have a number of younger gamers, together with Sekou Doumbouya and their upcoming draft decide, who may benefit from having a G League group close by, although these two won’t possible derive the advantages, contemplating the watch for the group’s relocation.
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However because the Pistons proceed to retool underneath the watch of normal supervisor Troy Weaver, they’re positive so as to add extra younger gamers who’ll spend important time with the Cruise.
“I can say it’s the single-most instrumental software that the Raptors had in constructing their gamers, constructing their infrastructure so far as gamers, entrance workplace employees,” Casey advised reporters on Friday. “It was a coaching middle for the gamers. It actually allowed that group, and people gamers, to have a venue the place they may follow with the varsity group within the morning and are available again and return and play with the G League group within the afternoon. That is going to be an enormous instructing software, laboratory for us, proper right here in shut proximity of our follow facility.”
After buying the Northern Arizona Suns from the Phoenix Suns in July, the Pistons introduced the franchise’s new title and brand on Friday. The Motor Metropolis Cruise honors Detroit’s historical past as the car capital of the world, and had been named by Grandville resident Dylan Martin, the winner of a naming contest held from July till August.
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Martin was the primary of 10 followers to pitch the “Motor Metropolis Cruise” title and can obtain 4 courtside tickets and a VIP package deal for the Cruise’s inaugural season in 2021-22.
“I enter each contest (the Pistons) put out, so I by no means actually count on to win something,” Martin stated. “After which seeing that I acquired the title picked, it’s tremendous cool. Seeing the emblem this morning put all of it collectively. It’s been a completely loopy expertise.”
“With it being in Detroit, I needed to keep away from utilizing ‘Detroit’ and use one thing totally different to attempt to differentiate it. Motor Metropolis is the opposite iconic title for Detroit. Sticking with the automotive theme, I considered the Woodward Dream Cruise, so I took the Cruise from that, paired it with Motor Metropolis, and there you might have it, the title.”
The emblem and jerseys characteristic the Pistons’ conventional crimson, white and blue colours, and the emblem is a basketball with a pair of flaming tailpipes.