Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Stan Van Gundy said the backup center position in Detroit will be a "by-committee thing" this season.

It doesn't sound like Boban Marjanovic will be an active part of the rotation every night in Detroit, and Rod Beard of The Detroit News is suggesting that Marjanovic's minutes will likely be in the 10-12 minute range when he does play. Boban needs closer to 20 minutes a night to make a meaningful impact in 12-team leagues, so this "by-committee thing" isn't great news for his fantasy outlook.
Oct 16 - 6:14 PM

Langston Galloway exited Monday's practice with a sore knee, but head coach Stan Van Gundy said it's not something to be concerned about.

Galloway was dealing with a bone bruise in his knee back in September, so the Pistons probably want to play it safe with him with the season opener just a few days away. At the latest, we should get another update on Galloway following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but even if he's forced to the sidelines, that wouldn't have any major consequences in fantasy hoops.
Oct 16 - 2:19 PM

Stan Van Gundy hasn't decided whether Reggie Jackson or Ish Smith will start at PG on opening night.

"They’re both going to play with both units, so I don’t worry too much about that," Van Gundy said. "We haven’t locked either one of them into one unit or the other." Jackson is still getting up to speed after battling knee and groin issues this preseason, whereas Smith has been solid all offseason -- no matter who starts initially, this has all the signs of a season-long position battle.
Oct 15 - 8:26 PM

The Pistons have exercised their team options on Stanley Johnson and Henry Ellenson.

This was an easy decision for Detroit, and while Johnson hasn't done much throughout his career thus far, he could be in for a career-year with the departure of Marcus Morris. He's going to begin the season coming off the bench behind Tobias Harris, but Stan Van Gundy is known for tinkering with his lineups, so Johnson could eventually find his way into the starting five. He's got enough upside to warrant a late-round selection.
Oct 15 - 5:46 PM

Stan Van Gundy said that Reggie Jackson (knee, groin) will not have any restrictions on opening night.

Van Gundy said the only restrictions on Jackson will be his own conditioning, but he doesn't necessarily have a minutes cap. That said, he'll be battling Ish Smith and Langston Galloway for minutes this season, and coming off a down year, it's tough to justify looking Jackson's way until the last few rounds on draft day.
Oct 15 - 4:59 PM

Pistons waive Beno Udrih.

The Pistons were always going to waive him and reportedly tried to back in April during the season. Udrih is closer to 40 than 30 these days, so he may be done playing in the NBA.
Oct 14 - 10:17 PM

Anthony Tolliver logged 21 minutes off the bench on Friday, going 0-of-3 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line to finish with three points, four rebounds and one assist.

Tolliver turned 32 years old in June and he might not be in the rotation if Stan Van Gundy didn't love his ability to stretch the court. The veteran hasn't been a standard-league fantasy option since playing for the Warriors in 2009-10.
Oct 13 - 11:52 PM

Pistons rookie Luke Kennard hit 2-of-6 shots to score four points on Friday, adding one rebound with no other stats to his credit in 20 minutes.

Stan Van Gundy criticized Kennard's defense soon after the Pistons drafted him at No. 12 overall this summer, but his tune had changed by late September, when he said it would be "hard to keep Luke off the floor." It sounds like he'll have a spot in the rotation to begin the season, but his fantasy value is limited with Avery Bradley locked into big minutes at SG.
Oct 13 - 11:51 PM

Avery Bradley went off during Friday's preseason finale, scoring a game-high 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting in 30 minutes.

Bradley added two 3-pointers, three assists and three steals, and this is quite a way to sign-off on the preseason. He hasn't received much hype in fantasy circles, but he probably should get more -- Detroit lacks a ball-dominant scorer, and coach Stan Van Gundy isn't shy about playing his key guys huge minutes, especially if (like Bradley) they can make 3-pointers and play solid defense.
Oct 13 - 11:51 PM

Henry Ellenson went 1-of-6 from the field in 13 minutes off the bench on Friday, adding three rebounds, two assists and zero defensive stats.

Ellenson appeared in only 19 games as a rookie and the Pistons aren't in a rebuilding phase, so it'll be hard for him to make a dent in fantasy leagues.
Oct 13 - 11:30 PM

Stanley Johnson will not play Friday vs. the Bucks due to tightness in his back.

The Pistons are saying it's simply precautionary, so hopefully, Johnson is ready to play on opening night. Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer will start at forward. Johnson averaged 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 3-pointers per game this preseason. His accuracy from 3-point range (43.8 percent) was particularly encouraging. He has a chance to log significant minutes as the starting small forward this season and is worth a look in the late rounds of deeper leagues.
Oct 13 - 1:12 PM

Avery Bradley (ankle) practiced on Wednesday and head coach Stan Van Gundy is hopeful to have him available for Friday's preseason finale against the Bucks.

Whether or not Bradley plays in Friday's meaningless games, there's little doubt regarding his availability for the regular-season opener, so this minor injury shouldn't affect his draft stock. Bradley is going to be a focal point in Detroit's attack and is one of the more attractive value picks towards the middle rounds as a guy who has the potential to flirt with top-20 value.
Oct 12 - 12:32 PM

Ish Smith hit 10-of-14 shots for 22 points, three boards, eight assists, two steals and two blocks in 21 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.

Reggie Jackson started and had six points and two assists in 20 minutes, but Smith was the man tonight. The two point guards figure to be in a timeshare all season, but if you draft Jackson, you should probably go ahead and handcuff Smith to him. Jackson's had trouble staying healthy throughout his career and Ish would become a must-own player if he goes down.
Oct 10 - 9:28 PM

Langston Galloway returned to action on Tuesday after suffering a bone bruise in his knee and scored 16 points in 29 minutes off the bench.

He hit 5-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers, but added just two rebounds and one assist. He'll be one of Detroit's many backup guards this season and he's currently not on the radar in most fantasy leagues. But he looked good on Tuesday night.
Oct 10 - 9:26 PM

Andre Drummond hit 4-of-10 shots and 6-of-6 free throws for 14 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and no blocks in 38 minutes of Tuesday's preseason loss to the Raptors.

Drummond, a traditionally horrible free throw shooter, has now knocked down 12-of-14 of them this preseason. While that's encouraging, it's going to take a lot more strong shooting from the line before we'll be convinced he won't wreck fantasy team's free throw percentage this season. He missed his last game with pink eye, but was good to go tonight.
Oct 10 - 9:22 PM


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