Detroit Pistons Sign Free Agent Guard D.J. Augustin
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club has signed free agent guard D.J. Augustin to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The 6-0, 183-pound guard had a resurgent year last season after signing with the Chicago Bulls and helping replace an injured Derrick Rose. He averaged 14.9 points, 5.0 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 30.4 minutes in 61 games with the Bulls, after appearing in 10 games to start the season with the Toronto Raptors.
Among NBA leaders, the 26-year-old Augustin ranked fifth in free throw percentage (.885) and tied for 19th in 3-point field goal percentage (.401). He posted a career-high 33 points (10-14 FG, 3-4 3FG, 10-10 FT) in 31 minutes during a 107-102 win at Boston (3/30). Augustin helped the Bulls claim the No. 4 seed in the NBA Playoffs and continued his strong play by averaging 13.2 points, 4.8 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 28.2 minutes in five postseason games. In Game 4 of the first round against the Washington Wizards, a 101-99 loss, he scored a team-high 25 points and dished out seven assists.
A native of New Orleans, LA, Augustin was drafted No. 9 overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. He spent four years with Charlotte, averaging 10.9 points, 4.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 282 career games. Augustin has also played with the Indiana Pacers and aforementioned Toronto Raptors during his six-year NBA career.
Augustin spent two years at the University of Texas where he averaged 16.9 points, 6.2 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 73 games. He was awarded the Bob Cousy Award for best collegiate point guard during his sophomore season after averaging 19.2 points, 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 38 games.