Peyton Siva had his worst shooting performance and lowest point total of his NBA D-League assignment, but the former Louisville point guard displayed a level of grittiness that NBA scouts surely enjoyed in his first NBA D-League Showcase game.
Siva finished the game with 5 points on 1-for-9 shooting from the floor, but tallied seven assists, and cashed in the game clinching free throws for Fort Wayne.
The Mad Ants came back and won against Santa Cruz 101-97, after being down by 22 points. It was an impressive display from the team, and should give them momentum moving forward.
Siva’s run in the NBADL has been interesting so far, he’s played just three games while suffering a wrist injury along the way. In his first two contests, Siva scored over 20 points and nearly finished with a triple double against Iowa on January 3rd.
The second round draft pick understands the development process, and has been receptive to his NBADL assignment. He’s been able to lean on some NBA veterans for advice.
DleagueDigest.com caught up with Siva after his first NBADL Showcase game, and he mentioned some of the NBA guys who have helped him out so far.
“I talk to Chauncy (Billups) a lot, he gives me a lot of pointers and advice, same with Jamal Crawford, he’s been great too.” Siva said.
Siva has played in 13 games with Detroit this season, and hopes to make it back with the club. To do so, Siva will need to keep playing hard, and demonstrate his entire game.
“I’m just trying to go out there and play hard, I want to show people that I can be a physical player. My wrist is still pretty sore, and I’m just trying to keep it taped up and iced, but it’s not slowing me down. I’m going to keep on working, and things will happen.” Siva added.
In order for Siva to become a floor general at the NBA level, he will need to continue with his current mindset. It seems like Siva is soaking up his entire first year experience, and is willing to put in the reps with Fort Wayne in order to succeed in the Association.
Siva’s journey will be one to watch, and his time in a Mad Ants uniform will likely go a long way to what kind of player he ultimately becomes.