Earlier today, Detroit Free Press beat writer Vince Ellis reported that rookies Khris Middleton and Kim English were being sent down to the NBA D-League for assignment. The reason for sending both rookies down has simply been listed as playing time, and neither player is expected to stay in the D-League for very long. Most likely, the two rookies will be with the Fort Wayne, Mad Ants (the Pistons D-League affiliate) for the Mad Ants' upcoming three-game home stand. The move makes sense as neither player has seen the floor for the Pistons since November, and more playing time could be more beneficial to the rookies in place of the regular walk-through, shoot around, practice regiment of an NBA season.
Early in the season Kim English made some noise for the Pistons, picking up some of the bench minutes for the then-injured Corey Maggette. From 10/31/12 through 11/09/12, English was 8-for-21 from the field and averaged four points over a six-game stint in which he played at least nine minutes. English also showed off some of the long-range shooting that had attracted the Pistons to him in the draft. English was 6-for-13 (46.2-percent) from three point range over the same six game period. Middleton hasn't played more than 12 minutes total this season, and has often found himself in street clothes at tip-off. Still, the Pistons feel very good about both rookies.
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