After years of dealing with injuries to begin his career, it looks as if big man Eric Moreland is on the verge of making his NBA dream a reality.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Detroit Pistons have made Moreland a multi-year offer. Currently, Moreland is playing with the Pistons in the Orlando Pro Summer League and is putting on a show on both sides of the ball.
In three games, he is averaging 9.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks on 71% from the field in 27.0 minutes per game.
This is potentially huge news for Moreland, who went undrafted back in 2014, signed a multi-year deal with the Sacramento Kings, but due to injuries, never fully reached his potential and spent a short time in the D-League with the Reno Bighorns.
Nevertheless, Moreland was able to overcome his injuries, played solid basketball this past season in the D-League, and with that showed he deserved another NBA chance. In 44 games with the Canton Charge, Moreland averaged a double-double consisting of 12.8 points and 12.2 rebounds in 33.4 minutes per game.
Did I mention that he also averaged 2.66 blocks per game too? Moreland is always around the rim and is the type of big man that NBA teams are looking for.
If you didn’t watch him this past season in Canton, here is a quick scouting report on Moreland.
When you turn on Moreland’s film, the first thing you will notice is his size at 6-foot-10, and 240 lbs. and how he uses it to his advantage.
He can run the floor on the offensive end, especially on a fast break, plus can be a rim protector when opposing teams’ guards are trying to drive into the lane. Another positive to Moreland’s game is that he can run the pick roll well as he was a recipient of a lot of lobs from Cavaliers second-round pick Kay Felder in Canton.
Finally, when Moreland isn’t running the pick and roll, he can beat opposing big men off the dribble or knock down the occasional jump shot.
After watching him play, you could say that Moreland’s defensive skills remind you of Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan.
If Moreland’s ceiling is even in the spectrum of someone like Jordan, it would be a huge get for the Pistons as they do not have a big man with his athleticism currently on the roster. Both Andre Drummond and Boban Marjanovic are big men, who you want posted in the low post and dominating with their overwhelming size, not running up and down the court.
Therefore, if Moreland can continue to bring high energy in the Summer League along with stellar the defense, he will always have a spot in the NBA.