Jared Dudley played like the veteran he is, but his grade took a hit because the Pistons seemed to have their most success when Dudley was on the floor.
Offensively, Dudley played the role of motion man and screener, but he knocked down both of his 3-point attempts, something that will be key for him getting minutes this season.
Dudley getting almost half a game worth of minutes is almost certainly a byproduct of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson still being out and Kenneth Faried not being ready to go Monday night, which limited coach Kenny Atkinson’s options at the 4.
At this point in his career, Dudley has mastered the art of being a role player and he did that Monday night.
After struggling with his shot in the preseason opener, Joe Harris looked much more comfortable pulling the trigger against Detroit, knocking down a pair of 3s and playing a smooth, efficient game at the offensive end.
He moved the ball where it needed to go, picking up three dimes. and defensively he got both of his blocked shots in help situations after dropping inside.
Perimeter defense was more of a challenge, as he had trouble staying with Detroit backup guard Langston Galloway, who erupted for 24 points.
Still, it was a solid bounce-back performance for Harris after a shaky offensive showing in preseason Game 1.