David Lighty went undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft. His going undrafted prompted Bleacher Report writer Andy Brown to include Lighty in his article, “David Lighty and the 7 best players undrafted players“. Brown writes:
After being medically redshirted in between his sophomore and junior seasons, Lighty is a fifth year senior who is an absolute winner.
Lighty’s biggest problem is he doesn’t have an NBA skill like his teammate Jon Diebler who was a second-round pick. He’s solid in every aspect and is an above average defender. At 6’7″, he’d be a solid shooting guard to come off the bench and provide hustle and leadership.
His perimeter shot is pretty good, has a good feel for the game, and he never quit during his tenure at OSU.
In 2012, David Lighty played Summer League ball for the Phoenix Suns. Lighty played in four games starting one of them. Lighty averaged 16.4 minutes per game.
In 2013, David Lighty played both the Orlando and Vegas Summer Leagues. Lighty played for the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings. His time with the Kings made him the centerpiece of this article by Sam Vecenie. He writes:
The smile Lighty displays comes from the satisfaction of knowing he made a great final impression on the Kings’ summer league staff, after scoring 16 points on 8/9 shooting during their final summer league game on Friday. Down the stretch, the 6’6″ swingman had the unenviable task of defending both point guard Dennis Schroeder and power forward Mike Scott, demonstrating the type of versatility he is capable of bringing to a team defensively.
Lighty is once again playing for both the Orlando and Vegas Summer Leagues. Lighty is currently playing with the Detroit Pistons before coming to Las Vegas to play for the Denver Nuggets. In the Pistons first game this summer, Lighty came off the bench to play 20:15. He went 0-1 from the field, 0-1 from beyond the arc, and 1-4 from the free throw line. Lighty would collect 4 steals. In the Pistons second game this summer, Lighty never left the bench. When Lighty comes to Denver, who will have Pistons teammate Tim Ohlbrecht to make the transition smoother.
Everything I read about David Lighty screams great teammate. What kind of Summer League season will he need to have to try to play that role during a NBA regular season game?