D.J. Augustin double-doubles (Oct 23 12:00 ET )
D.J. Augustin scored 11 points with 11 assists, one rebound, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes in the starting lineup against the 76ers on Thursday.
D.J. Augustin scored 21 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 6-of-13 shots (3-of-5 from deep, 6-of-7 from the line) with six rebounds, three assists and three steals in 24 minutes.
The Scoop:Augustin is coming off a solid year in Chicago that re-established him in the league and he was brought into Detroit to light a fire under Brandon Jennings. Stan Van Gundy has already said he's not going to use many, if any small two-guard lineups, but if Jennings (10 points, 1-of-6 FGs, three assists, one steal, 28 minutes) starts running his own program then the coach has a reliable player to tap. To be clear, Jennings is still the clear starter with a notable edge in projected minutes.
The Scoop:Jennings is 6'1" and Bynum and Augustin are both 6'0", which may dissuade Stan Van Gundy from going small even with Jodie Meeks (back) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) on the sidelines. "It's possible but we'd probably be as small a backcourt as you can get, without pairing Muggsy Bogues and Spud Webb," Van Gundy said. Jennings is starting at PG and there won't be enough reserve minutes available for Bynum or Augustin to have reliable fantasy value.
D.J. Augustin missed all eight attempts from the field against the Wizards on Sunday, adding one free throw make, seven assists and three turnovers in 24 minutes.
The Scoop:This dud will hurt his chances to unseat Brandon Jennings and it probably wasn't going to happen anyway. The Pistons are losing a lot of guards due to injury, so maybe coach Stan Van Gundy has to get creative with D.J. and use two-PG lineups on occasion. He's still not worth drafting in most leagues.
The Scoop:SVG has been a fan of DJA so far. "D.J. is real solid, can shoot the ball, I think organizes a team as well as anybody," Van Gundy said. "We're small at that spot, but I'm really comfortable. Will we haven't really seen, but he's probably the guy defensively who can apply the most pressure." Augustin will likely be the backup point guard, but has a remote chance to start.