Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Jonas Jerebko is ready for a larger role with the Pistons with the departure of Josh Smith.

"Obviously, with a 4 man gone - I see myself as a 4 man - a lot more minutes open up in practice and in games," Jerebko said. "I feel like I'm ready to take that step and I'm ready to go in there and battle for them." Jerebko was buried on the bench while Smith was with the team, but now he'll likely be one of the first bigs off the bench. We’ll be monitoring coach Stan Van Gundy’s rotations closely over the coming weeks, and owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with Jerebko.
Source: M Live
Dec 26 - 9:01 AM

The Phoenix Suns have traded forward Anthony Tolliver to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tony Mitchell.

Tolliver wasn't in the rotation in Phoenix and we don't see him playing a lot for the rebuilding Pistons, so this news shouldn't matter in most leagues. Tony Mitchell, on the other hand, has some potential but will likely be waived by the Suns. Stay tuned.
Dec 24 - 12:40 PM

Kyle Singler is expected to stay in the starting lineup for the Pistons with Josh Smith being waived on Monday.

He's started 14 games and came off the bench for 14 with coach Stan Van Gundy messing with his rotation. While Singler gets the starts, the biggest winner could wind up being Jonas Jerebko, who averaged 16.3 minutes per game and a usage rate of 22.9. Jerebko is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Dec 22 - 3:15 PM

Greg Monroe is in line for an expanded role following the Pistons waiving Josh Smith.

Monroe had been taking a back seat behind Smith in the starting lineup, but the Pistons cut the chord on Smith and waived him on Monday, meaning Monroe now has a clear path back to minutes at power forward alongside Andre Drummond.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 22 - 12:02 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie is expected to see time at point guard in the rotation.

"I do think we've got to get Spencer playing time. We cannot hit the end of the season and now know who our guys are or who we think they can be," Van Gundy said. SVG also dismissed the idea of the D-League as an evaluator for the rookie, so with just Brandon Jennings and DJ Augustin ahead of him on the depth chart, Dinwiddie is someone to monitor in deeper formats right now.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 22 - 9:27 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is expected to see a larger role going forward.

The Pistons are evaluating for the future, and with KCP "entrenched" as the starter, he's now expected to see even more opportunities. "KCP's a guy we don't run a lot of plays for," Stan Van Gundy said. "We'll run Jodie (Meeks) off screens. We haven't given KCP those opportunities. How's he going to learn? Not tanking at all, but a shift in thinking. We're trying to win within that, but you've got to develop those guys." KCP is coming off three straight games of double-digits with a combined 12 3-pointers over that span.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 22 - 9:24 AM

Stan Van Gundy said he's going to prioritize the Pistons' future going forward.

Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and rookie Spencer Dinwiddie are expected to be focal points as the team evaluates its players. The Pistons are expected to feed Drummond more on the offensive end to see what he can do. "I wouldn't say that's right now our best choice coming down the floor in a game," Van Gundy said. "Well, I think we've got to shift back to giving him that stuff so that he develops, so we don't have him next year at the same place he is now." Drummond has had his best month of the season in December with averages of 15.0 points, 13.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks on 52.6 percent shooting.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 22 - 9:21 AM

Greg Monroe scored 16 points in only 21 minutes vs. the Nets during Sunday's road loss, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks without any turnovers or fouls.

Scoring is rarely an issue for Monroe, who is averaging 14.6 points in under 30 minutes per game this season. His paltry defensive stats are another story, as he's chipping in just 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks per game, so it was nice to see him rack up a few steals and blocks tonight. He's a low-end option while stuck in a reserve role behind Andre Drummond and Josh Smith, and Monroe's owners can only hope for a mid-season trade which clears more playing time.
Dec 21 - 10:06 PM

Jodie Meeks missed all of his 3-point attempts but still finished Sunday's game 6-of-9 from the field for 13 points in a tough road loss to the Nets.

He added one rebound, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench, and it seems like only a matter of time before he claims a starting job ahead of Kyle Singler (two points in 21 minutes), or even Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (20 points in 33 minutes). Meeks was a very effective fantasy player with the Lakers last season, and he has enough upside to warrant a stash in most leagues.
Dec 21 - 10:05 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points in 33 minutes during Sunday's 105-110 loss in Brooklyn, making 6-of-15 field goals with five 3-pointers.

He also grabbed six rebounds but didn't have any assists, steals or blocks, which highlights the conundrum faced by his fantasy owners. KCP ranks 22nd in the league with 1.9 threes per game, but his lack of supporting stats have undermined his value in 14-team leagues. With Jodie Meeks healthy, KCP's situation is unlikely to improve.
Dec 21 - 10:04 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points during a 110-100 loss on Friday with one rebound, three assists and four 3-pointers.

The Pistons are now just 2-13 at home and are one of the worst teams in the NBA. Caldwell-Pope hasn't seen his minutes fall off too much since the debut of Jodie Meeks, but that should be coming. He doesn't have enough upside to remain owned in most leagues.
Dec 20 - 1:14 AM

Jodie Meeks could not get it going on Friday with four points, two boards, two assists and one block in 25 minutes.

His minutes are increasing, but the performance hasn't been there. Meeks should be able to hold value in standard leagues once he gathers some momentum, so his owners should stick with him unless it's to add a hot free agent.
Dec 20 - 1:11 AM

Brandon Jennings scored 22 points with four rebounds, eight assist, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

It was just the third block of the season for Jennings and one of better high-volume shooting games in a long time. Before this game, Jennings was shooting 24.1 percent from the field this month for averages of 6.2 points, 2.6 boards, 6.9 dimes and 0.3 steals. That was his low point, but he's not going to be a fantasy savior this season.
Dec 20 - 1:07 AM

Jodie Meeks came off the bench for nine points and a 3-pointer on 2-of-8 shooting in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

Starter Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played a little better than normal tonight with 14 points and three 3-pointers on 5-of-15 shooting in 28 minutes. But once Meeks is healthy and rolling, these two are probably going to split minutes, making both of them tough to use on a regular basis in fantasy. Meeks scored 20 on Monday, but a lot of that came in garbage time.
Dec 17 - 11:58 PM

Greg Monroe hit just 1-of-5 shots for four points and five rebounds in 21 minutes on Wednesday.

Andre Drummond was a one-man wrecking crew tonight and both Monroe and Josh Smith paid the price. Monroe had scored between 12 and 29 points in each of his previous six games, so we're just going to call this an off night for the big man.
Dec 17 - 11:56 PM


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