Detroit Pistons power forward Henry Ellenson put up 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Grand Rapids Drive, enough for him to be recalled by the Detroit Pistons Thursday. Over the course of that Wednesday night game, Ellenson combined offensive versatility with efficiency as he shot 7-14 from the field and 2-7 from beyond the arc.
On assignment, Ellenson proved that you always have to be game ready no matter what the circumstance is. Ellenson arrived to the DeltaPlex Arena 90 minutes before game time and he did not miss a step in the 111-108 win over the Westchester Knicks Wednesday. With his unexpected help, the Drive moved back to .500 (10-10), for the first time since the end of November. Ellenson put them in good position before facing a grueling seven-game road trip ahead.
In the clip below, Ellenson shows why his presence on the floor was needed. He starts off the first quarter with two quick threes. He then scores a fade away jumper. Without any thought, Ellenson pulls up right in front of the defender’s face, which is a really good trait to have if it works.
Trailing 96-94 in the fourth quarter, Ray McCallum passes the ball to Ellenson in transition and he drives right through the lane to tie the game. The Drive sealed their win with an Ellenson and-1, ending with a comeback win due to the help of Ellenson. In a game that would could have gotten out of hand, he used his skill to push Grand Rapids Drive back to .500 in front of their home crowd.
Although Ellenson had a monstrous game, it is not expected for him to be included in the rotation as much for the Pistons this season. Currently, Ellenson sits third on the Pistons’ power forward depth chart behind Jon Leuer and Tobias Harris. Since the team is currently competing for a playoff spot, as they sit 2.5 games behind the 8th seeded Bulls. However, the coaching staff might think about moving Ellenson up the depth chart if he keeps on playing like he did on Wednesday night.