Why Tim Frazier was attracted to the Detroit Pistons in free agency

Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Basketball

LAS VEGAS -- Fred VanVleet's performance in the NBA Finals is the stuff of legend.

With the Warriors focused on superstar Kawhi Leonard, VanVleet repeatedly took advantage.

The Raptors backup point guard averaged 14 points per game and made a Finals record 16 3-pointers off the bench in helping the franchise win its first NBA title.

It made for a happy chapter in VanVleet's journey from being an undersized, undrafted player to champion.

Tim Frazier, who played for the Bucks and Pelicans last season, is a fan.

And he's aware that the development of VanVleet started under Pistons coach Dwane Casey.


Frazier, who stands 6-foot-1, was also undrafted.

That was a major factor in his decision to agree to a contract with the Pistons a couple of days into the free agency negotiation period.

"A guy coming in the same way, a little point guard, undrafted and came in (and excelled)," Frazier said Saturday at halftime of the Pistons' summer-league victory.

"Coach Casey gave him an opportunity and he took it ran with it. You saw what he did in the Finals last year."


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