2017-18 Pistons review: Eric Moreland established himself as a solid backup center

By Steve Hinson

Eric Moreland managed to make the front office that signed him look both smart and dumb at the same time.

After an injury-plagued start to his NBA career, Moreland was out of the league in 2016-17, spending the season in the D-League. Things finally went his way with the Canton Charge, where he made the D-League All Star Game, was third team All-NBA D-League, and the NBA D-League All-Defensive Team.

The Pistons brought Moreland in for a look with their Summer League team and liked what they saw. A springy big man who is willing to do the dirty work, play hard, and knows how to rebound and block shots. He averaged 7.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game in the Summer League and earned a three year contract for his efforts.

But for the dumb part…

So on July 12, 2016 the Pistons inked Boban Marjanovic to a three year, $21 million contract as insurance for when Aron Baynes outperformed his contract and opted out of his 2017-18 deal with the Pistons. Boban would spend one season as an overpaid third stringer, but two years as a solid backup center....

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