Monday, April 21, 2014

2014 Season Review: Peyton Siva

PEYTON SIVA - PG - 6'0, 185

When compared to where he was to start the season, it isn't hard to argue that Peyton Siva made the biggest in-season leap of any Pistons player in 2013-14.  Siva only managed to get in to 17 games before the calendar hit April, but when it did, he turned it on and finished the season relatively strong.  Aided by an injury to Will Bynum and Brandon Jennings' general inconsistency, Siva played at least 14 minutes in the Pistons' final seven games.  Siva scored in double digits twice, and averaged just under 3 APG in that stretch, showing pieces of his game that simply didn't exist at the NBA level in October.  Siva also saw action in 10 D-League games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, posting decent numbers.  Here's what Siva's production at both levels looked like this year:

NBA
PER PPG TS% eFG% 3P% SPG AST% TOV%
5.7 2.3 42.5% 37.7% 28.0% 0.4 21.0% 22.1%

D-LEAGUE
PERPPGTS%eFG%3P%SPGAST%TOV%
17.012.959.4%54.7%50.0%2.029.4%20.5%

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Small sample size concerns apply to both sets of numbers, but you can see that Siva did show good promise at the D-League level.  His play there helps to suggest that his strong finish to the season wasn't merely a fluke.  Siva showed good value as a distributor, scored efficiently and created transition opportunities with his defense. The one thing that does look like a fluke is Siva's 50% three point shooting, which came on over 4 attempts per game, as he hit 22 of his 44 attempts.  Siva was never anything special from behind the arc in college, and he only made 7 of his 25 shots at the NBA level.  He may be improving, but there isn't much at this point to suggest he'll be more than an average outside shooter.  The other concern with Siva's game is his turnover rate.  For a guy who will be expected to set up the offense, he needs to get his turnover rate down into the teens.  Of his turnovers at the NBA level, 10 of Siva's 18 came on bad passes, which should be easier to clean up than poor dribbling.  

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There isn't much to gather from Siva's shot chart, which only includes his NBA attempts, other than to try and gauge what he's doing in the paint.  There are no college shot charts available for Siva, but it always seemed like he was a good, creative finisher in the paint.  However, in the NBA, every night he's up against elite size and athleticism in the paint.  He either needs to perfect a floater or become more fond of kicking it out when he gets in the paint.  His shot distribution chart says that he took over 47% of his attempts at the rim, which is too high of a number for a guy his size.  Seeing as he isn't a great outside shooter, Siva either needs to perfect a mid-range game or focus on being a facilitator.

OUTLOOK FOR NEXT YEAR

2014-15 Status: Under contract for $816,482 (via basketball-reference.com)

The high end of Siva's upside is that he'll be a serviceable backup for years to come.  He's still a ways off from that time and I don't think he's quite to the point yet where he can be counted on as the main backup.  If Will Bynum is back, expect the Pistons to utilize their one-to-one affiliation with their Grand Rapids D-League affiliate to get Siva major minutes, while calling him up for depth if a PG gets injured.  Siva needs to focus in the offseason on improving his outside shot, adding a floater to his game, and cutting down on turnovers.  Siva showed that he has something to offer an NBA team at the end of this season, and I'm looking forward to seeing if he can build on that next season, starting in the Summer League.

2014 SEASON GRADE: D+

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