Summer School: Peyton Siva, Part II

Clock ticking on training camp as Pistons rookie Siva works on his game

Peyton Siva
Peyton Siva is anxious for the season to start.
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It’s hard to believe that in less than three weeks, I’ll be in the middle of my first training camp in the NBA. It’s been a really busy summer, from going through predraft workouts to getting drafted by the Pistons, then going to Summer League and getting married, which we talked about the last time I checked in.

A few weeks ago, I went to Canada for a couple of days to be at a summer camp for kids. It was a few hours north of Toronto, near Huntsville, at a place called Camp Olympia. I had a great time up there, really good kids. I had a chance to talk to them and meet all of the counselors. It was really fun. I really enjoyed it. There were kids of all ages, from elementary school to high school, all types of kids.

Then last week I went to Portland, not too far from my hometown of Seattle, to do some stuff with Adidas. I got a chance to meet all the people in their office, got to see the new gear and everything. I had a really good time in Portland. We already had a good relationship and they put a lot of stock in me, so I was excited to join Adidas.

Now I’m back and working out with all of the coaches in Auburn Hills. The things I’ve been working on most is pick and rolls and my shooting. I’ve really been seeing great improvement in my shot. You’ve got to get better every day. It’s a process and I’m just really enjoying it, just trying to get better.

I do my workouts during the morning and then I come back at night and do my shooting. It’s helping me out a lot because it’s building my confidence. I’m working on keeping the same shooting form and keeping my balance. I can tell, when we’re doing our shooting drills now, I can get through them a lot quicker now than I used to be able to. I can feel it’s really helped me out. Some of it is just getting up the quantity of shots, but it’s also about refining technique – keeping your same form, not changing the form and keeping your body square to the basket. I’ve been working so much on that and it’s really helping me out a lot.

We had a great workout just yesterday, spent a lot of time working with Rodney Stuckey and Kentavious and working in the post. Those guys are a lot bigger than me, but you’re got to battle down there. You definitely have got to have core strength. We had a great time. There are going to be a lot of bigger guards in the NBA, so I have to get used to it now. Those two, they’re not the typical NBA point guards. I really learned a lot – learned how to battle down low and use my body and it worked out for me.

A few more of our vets have come in. I’ve gotten the chance to meet Josh Smith. He’s a really great guy, down to earth, a funny guy. Brandon Jennings is here now and everybody else I’ve pretty much met and have a good relationship with them. We’re just trying to build around a team this year.

Andre – Andre Drummond – he’s been showing us rookies around. We went to AirTime, a trampoline place in Troy, we went out to eat, different places. Me and KCP went to the Lions season opener and had a great time. It was my first time at Ford Field and it was an awesome stadium and we had a good time at the game. I’m a big Seahawks fan, but I like the Lions, too. I’ve always liked the Lions, ever since Barry Sanders, but I’ve been a big Seahawks fan because I’m from there. We’ve got a big game coming up against the 49ers and I’m looking forward to that one.

I’ve gotten to know my way around a little bit more. When you have GPS, it really helps. But I know without using my GPS how to get to the gym and how to get back home. That’s good enough for now. My wife and I have tried difference places around the area to eat and we’re getting settled in. I can’t wait for training camp to get here. We’re all excited for the season.