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Will Gigi be Pistons' Battier?

9/15/2013

During the offseason, the Detroit Pistons locked up Luigi Datome, a 25-year-old veteran of Italian hoops. Judging by his comments to HoopsHype.com, it sounds like he has a good perspective on his role and expectations for the 2013-14 campaign and beyond.

"For sure, it's not going to be easy for me. It's my first time outside of Italy and first time in a league that I don't know. Maybe I will need some time to adjust," he said. "I hope to have the opportunity to see the court and show my skills. That's why I signed for two years because usually in two years you're going to have your opportunity. But I hope I can show my best from the beginning."

Here is how he responded when asked which NBA player he would compare himself to.

"It's tough to make comparisons because all NBA players are very good players and I'm a rookie, so nobody knows me. I would like to make myself known over there. I'm an athletic player and a shooter, for sure. That's why they signed me – to open up the court. I'm a player with great passion for the game," he said. "I would like be for the Pistons what Shane Battier is for Miami. Not the star, for sure, but a player that's a shooter and contributes to the team's good results. Maybe you're not a star, but you're helping the team. That's who I want to be."

Gigi, as he's better known, will help back up Josh Smith at the three this season, and may see minutes elsewhere, but he doesn't figure to have any sort of statistical impact for fantasy teams as a rookie. On the other hand, the Pistons would love to see him come off the bench, play some defense and knock down some open 3s. If he lives up to expectations, the Pistons scored a solid bench option for the next couple of seasons.