Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Stanley Johnson has been assigned to the Grand Rapids Drive of the D-League.

Coach Stan Van Gundy said Johnson is still a part of the team's long-term plans, but it's very obvious he's not in the mix right now. The Pistons picking up Jon Leuer to add depth to their forwards was a big blow to Johnson's chances at playing time because of how Tobias Harris can play some three. Darrun Hilliard has more short-term value in super deep leagues.
Dec 10 - 3:01 PM

Andre Drummond made 10-of-13 from the field for 22 points during a 117-90 win at Minnesota on Friday, adding 22 boards and one block in 28 minutes.

He is back and he has been on fire since his ejection on Nov. 29. In his previous five, he had a 24.1 rebounding percentage, a 23.0 usage rate, a 60 true shooting percentage, 17.0 points, 14.2 boards, 1.4 steals and 1.8 blocks. The return of Reggie Jackson hasn't been the reason either with Drummond having a much higher efficiency without Jackson in the last four -- Drummond is cleaning up in the paint. Whatever is going on with Drummond, it looks for real and he's back to being a fantasy superstar for those who don't care about free throw percentage.
Dec 10 - 1:17 AM

Jon Leuer scored 17 points with five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

Marcus Morris (face) could be missing time, so Leuer would benefit. He plays a ton of minutes next to Morris and Tobias Harris because of how Harris can play the three. Leuer may not be starting, but he should get close to 30 minutes sans Morris. He's only a speculative add for now.
Dec 10 - 1:08 AM

Ish Smith played 15 minutes with eight points, one rebound, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers against the Wolves on Friday.

If you haven't cut Smith in your fantasy league yet, go ahead and do it now. He likely won't be playing more than 15 minutes most nights.
Dec 10 - 1:05 AM

Reggie Jackson played 29 minutes against the Wolves on Friday, making 5-of-15 from the field for 16 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers.

Based on the comments from coach Stan Van Gundy, all the signs are pointing to Jackson being back to normal. "He seemed to be playing, not thinking about what he needed to do or anything else," Van Gundy said. Andre Drummond was also confident in his point guard. "You can’t expect him to come back and do the same things he was doing last season," he said. Expect Jackson to get minutes in the mid-30s on Sunday against the 76ers, so he'll be a DFS play in that matchup.
Dec 10 - 12:59 AM

Marcus Morris caught an Adreian Payne elbow to his face and went to the locker room in the fourth quarter on Friday.

Morris was on the floor face down for about two minutes. He had a towel over his nose and went to the locker room without assistance, but he was walking back slowly. There's a good chance Morris broke his nose and could miss time. If he's out, Jon Leuer would get a bump and perhaps Stanley Johnson gets in the mix. Morris finished with 15 points, seven boards, one dime and three 3-pointers.
Dec 9 - 10:18 PM

Lorenzo Brown signed a deal to play for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in China.

Brown was competing for a roster spot in Detroit, but he lost his battle with Ray McCallum for the third-string PG role in training camp.
Source: Sportando
Dec 8 - 10:16 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had six assists, four rebounds and one steal without any turnovers on Wednesday, but he scored just seven points on 3-of-9 shooting in 37 minutes.

KCP is averaging 12.8 shots this season, but in the three games since Reggie Jackson returned that number has fallen to 10.3. His assists are up, interestingly, and this isn't a major concern as long as he continues to see 32+ minutes per game.
Dec 7 - 9:50 PM

Marcus Morris grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds during Wednesday's road loss, adding seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with two assists, one block and one turnover.

Morris did his damage in 34 minutes and it was nice to see him hitting the glass hard -- he came in averaging just 3.9 boards per game, which is lower than guys like Tony Snell, Luis Scola, Evan Turner and Goran Dragic. He's still just a late-round guy in the vast majority of formats.
Dec 7 - 9:49 PM

Ish Smith had just two points on 1-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 22 bench minutes vs. Charlotte on Wednesday.

Smith had double-digit assists in two of his previous three games, but we've been waiting for the other shoe to drop now that Reggie Jackson is healthy. Jackson's minutes are on the rise, which is a direct threat to Smith, whose owners should be keeping a close watch on the waiver wire.
Dec 7 - 9:49 PM

Andre Drummond racked up 26 points, 20 rebounds and two blocks during the Pistons' road loss in Charlotte on Wednesday, making 11-of-14 FGs and 4-of-7 FTs.

Drummond has been a borderline first-round fantasy player with FT percentage excluded this season, thanks to averages of 14.1 points on 52.1 percent shooting, 13.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks. Stan Van Gundy has pushed him to defend the rim with a purpose and he's responded to the challenge -- over their past five games, Detroit has allowed a league-low 33.2 points in the paint. With tonight's huge game, Drummond now has a league-best 11 games with 20+ points and 20+ rebounds since the 2012-13 season.
Dec 7 - 9:48 PM

Reggie Jackson struggled throughout Wednesday's game, going 4-of-12 from the field for 10 points with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and four turnovers in 26 minutes.

Jackson played both games of a back-to-back set, which speaks volumes about the Pistons' faith in his recovery from serious knee and thumb injuries. He simply didn't have it tonight but his playing time should continue to creep up in the coming weeks, which is great news for both fantasy owners and the Pistons, who are clinging to a half-game lead over the No. 9 seed Pacers.
Dec 7 - 9:47 PM

Reggie Jackson will start Wednesday vs. the Hornets.

There was some fear that Jackson would be rested on the second game of this back-to-back set, but he only played 18 minutes on Tuesday, so he should be closer to the mid-20s tonight. Go ahead and fire him up.
Dec 7 - 5:34 PM

Aron Baynes hit 3-of-6 shots for eight points, nine boards, two steals and a block in Tuesday's win over the Bulls.

Baynes got some extra run when the Bulls started hacking Andre Drummond, but hadn't scored more than four points or had more than six rebounds in any of his previous three games. But if teams keep hacking Drummond, Baynes could eventually make some noise. Just keep an eye on him. Drummond had 15 points, 10 boards and three blocks, but took a seat late with a nice lead, and some shaky free throw shooting skills.
Dec 6 - 11:08 PM

Ish Smith played 30 minutes off the bench on Tuesday and hit just 2-of-11 shots, but still finished with seven points, five rebounds and 10 assists in a win over the Bulls.

Reggie Jackson played just 18 minutes and while Smith didn't play well, he was still effective. His run is coming to an end, but Jackson still isn't ready to run the show by himself in Detroit. If you own Smith, just hold onto him until this picture becomes a little clearer. There's a chance Jackson could be held out on Wednesday against the Hornets.
Dec 6 - 11:00 PM


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