Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Andre Drummond posted some videos on his Instagram account showing off his ball-handling skills.

This is pretty irrelevant, but he has made it very clear on social media that he has been working hard this summer and he should be in excellent shape for the upcoming season. Drummond will be playing for a new contract this season even though it's basically a lock that he will get a max deal, but a little added motivation never hurt anybody. Drummond is an early-round target despite his terrible free throw percentage.
Source: M Live
Aug 29 - 11:06 AM

Darrun Hilliard said he's ready to apply lessons learned from Summer League to the NBA game.

"I got my feet wet a little bit, what the NBA game is like, but honestly, all in all, I was a little bit disappointed," Hilliard said. "Just because I felt I could have played a little bit better, helped my team out a little bit more and help us get some wins." The 38th overall pick of the 2015 NBA shouldn't be on any fantasy radars as he may not make the Pistons final roster and will likely spend some time in the D-League.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 11:24 AM

Brandon Jennings (Achilles) said he's taking his time with his rehab.

While Jennings said he'd be fine coming off the bench behind Reggie Jackson, it doesn't sound like he'll be ready to contribute right away. "Basically, I'm just taking my time," Jennings said. "I'm going to come back when I'm ready. I don't know if I'll be ready for training camp. I don't know for sure. But I'm definitely going to take my time through training camp and also through the preseason. I probably won't be back to myself until at least around December." Jennings is worth a late-round flier in deeper fantasy leagues, but owners in standard leagues should avoid him after that quote.
Aug 27 - 10:58 AM

Brandon Jennings (left Achilles) said he would be "fine" coming off the bench behind Reggie Jackson this season.

Jennings is taking the high road as he seeks to return from a devastating injury that may force him to miss the beginning of the season, and it's a given that Detroit will start Jackson after locking him up with a five-year, $80 million pact this summer. Jennings, who hasn't played in seven months, said that he's been studying tape of Tim Hardaway, Kenny Anderson and James Harden during his rehab. "I don't know if I'll be ready for training camp," he said. "I'm definitely going to take my time through training camp and also through the preseason. I probably won't be back to myself until at least around December. That's for sure." If you weren't leery of drafting Jennings until the final rounds this season, that final quote ought to do the trick.
Aug 26 - 9:28 PM

Stanley Johnson feels the Pistons can compete for more than the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

"We just don't want to get in as the eighth-seed," he said. "Anything I put my mind to I believe I can do. I'm a high-confidence guy. I think the world of myself and I think the world of the team I'm on." Clearly confidence won't be an issue for the rookie, and the No. 8 pick should be feeling good after tearing up summer league. He'll be worth monitoring in training camp as the Pistons figure out their small forward situation.
Aug 24 - 9:41 AM

Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson said he's "jumping way higher" after working out for two months at Peak Performance Project in California.

"They create machines out there," Johnson said. "I had some problems with my trunk and I feel like I'm jumping way higher just from the six weeks I was with them ... I think I got better every time I went out there." Johnson is expected to immediately join Stan Van Gundy's rotation, and his positional versatility should ensure steady minutes. His perimeter game was better than advertised during Summer League, but fantasy owners still shouldn't reach for him outside of deep leagues.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 23 - 3:46 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie said he doesn't know how the Pistons' lineup will look when Brandon Jennings returns from his Achilles injury after Reggie Jackson signed a long-term deal to stay with Detroit.

"When you have two starters and you know only one can start, something's got to give," Dinwiddie said. "So I don't know what's going to happen. I'm sure Brandon's coming back to be the best player on the floor. Reggie, I'm sure he feels like he obviously is our franchise guy right now, until [Andre Drummond] signs his max deal." It has been nearly seven months since Jennings' injury, but it's still unclear if he will be ready in time for training camp. Jackson is the player to target in fantasy and is the clear favorite to start, but Jennings could make things interesting if he shows that he can still play at a high level.
Source: M Live
Aug 23 - 12:44 PM

The Pistons will head to Vegas on Aug. 31 in order to work out with some UFC trainers.

Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson were instrumental in making this happen, and while the main goal will be bonding as a team, it's great to see the players get a head start before training camp. Drummond is poised for a monster season with his eyes set on a maximum contract extension, so he is worth grabbing in the early rounds despite the fact that he still can't hit free throws to save his life. Brandon Jennings (Achilles) will also be in attendance at Vegas, but it's not clear if he will participate.
Aug 21 - 12:39 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie said that he is hoping to protect the ball a lot better next season.

"The most disappointing thing was my turnovers; I had too many," Dinwiddie said of his performance last season. "I didn’t shoot the ball as well as I would’ve liked. Last season my assist-to-turnover ratio was 3 to 1, so that’s a bigger sample size then the summer league games. I’m a confident guy. My plan is to go into camp and be the best player on the floor. Obviously we have Reggie [Jackson] and he’s our franchise player, so being the best player on the floor hopefully would give me the backup spot." Brandon Jennings (Achilles) may not be ready for opening night, so Dinwiddie will have to battle with Steve Blake for the backup PG slot.
Aug 21 - 12:32 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie said the only that's going to limit rookie Stanley Johnson early on is his shooting.

"The limit for Stanley is going to be how well he shoots the ball," Dinwiddie said of Johnson. "I think everything else as far as his game goes is pretty accomplished. ... He’s strong, he’s quick. He is tall for his position. He really can play the two and he’s 6'7. He’s going to compete defensively. He can handle the ball a little bit. He has decent vision and he can make plays." Johnson will likely come off the bench on opening night, but his ability to play multiple positions should help him get plenty of minutes. He is worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him eventually leapfrog Marcus Morris for the starting small forward slot.
Aug 21 - 12:27 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has made some noticeable improvements on his ball-handling this summer.

It's his biggest priority this offseason, which was arguably the weakest aspect of his game. Caldwell-Pope had just 1.3 assists to go with his 1.1 turnovers. He also had over half of his field goal attempts come without a dribble while he made just 28.2 percent on pull-up 3s. He had his best chance to explode last season and squandered it, so it'll be tough to like him with Stanley Johnson, Marcus Morris and Jodie Meeks giving him competition for minutes on the wings.
Source: Pistons.com
Aug 20 - 9:05 PM

Stan Van Gundy said that he isn't worried about teams intentionally putting Andre Drummond on the free throw line.

"I don't think it's hopeless,'' Van Gundy said of Drummond's free throw shooting. "I think my hope would be that this year we could get him up over 50 percent and we could start pushing 60 percent. If you get him over 50 percent then it's not really an effective strategy. If you get to 52 percent then you're having a quality possession." Drummond shot just 38.9 percent from the line last season, but the Pistons hope that shooting coach Dave Hopla will help. Drummond is already an elite asset in fantasy leagues despite his struggles at the charity stripe, so any improvements will obviously be huge for his value.
Aug 16 - 11:28 AM

Daniel Orton is finalizing a deal to play for AEK Athens in Greece.

Orton has had brief stints with the Magic, Thunder and 76ers, but it doesn't sound like he will be joining the NBA any time soon. Orton can be ignored in all fantasy leagues.
Source: Sportando
Aug 15 - 12:34 PM

Andre Drummond was busy in Thursday's Team USA scrimmage with 27 points and 16 rebounds.

Victor Oladipo had some nice highlights, DeMarcus Cousins had some cool stuff going on for his birthday, DeMar DeRozan missed a lot of shots and there were a lot of uncontested shots. Besides that, you didn't miss much if you watched preseason NFL. This game made Summer League look like Spurs-Clippers.
Aug 14 - 12:07 AM

Aron Baynes said his ankle is "on track to where it should be."

Last month, the Baynes' ankle wasn't strong enough for him to run on a treadmill, so the Pistons chemically induced a quicker heart rate and it did not go well because Baynes' body rejected the medicine. Baynes said he thinks he can do more, but the medical staff is pulling him back. Clearly, his fire rises.
Aug 8 - 4:43 PM


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