Ellenson got the ball rolling with a few eye-opening assists off the dribble in the first quarter, another aspect of his game rare in virtual 7-footers and a big part of why Stan Van Gundy sees such offensive potential for Ellenson. He created layups for both Eric Moreland off the dribble within the half-court offense and for [Luke] Kennard while leading the fast break as the Pistons took a double-digit lead in the first quarter.
Ellenson and Kennard are the two guys the Pistons know – absolutely, positively – will be on the roster. And for an offense that too often lacked the lubricating quality of sharp passing to turn the wheels last season, their ability to create scoring chances for others has to give Van Gundy something to chew on.
Ellenson had another quality performance after posting 21 and 9 in the Summer League lid-lifter, getting 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, and adding a team high seven rebounds along with four assists and two steals. His 17.5 points per game through two contests is fifth best in Orlando and leads the way for the Pistons.
Here’s a highlight package from Pistons.com: