Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Andre Drummond said he is using virtual reality to improve his free throw percentage.

You can't make this stuff up. Drummond said that he puts on a headset and watches himself making free throws at various angles. "They’re all makes, obviously, so it’s constantly watching myself shoot the same shot, over and over again, and now while I’m out there it’s second nature," he said. Drummond shot 35.5 percent from the line last season, so it's encouraging to see him so devoted to improve despite signing a max deal over the summer. His free throw shooting is the only thing holding him back from being an elite standard-league asset.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 26 - 12:24 PM

Pistons GM Jeff Bower said the team is still in ongoing discussions with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Bullock regarding contract extensions.

"We’re all in agreement it’s an atmosphere and environment where they have good thoughts," Bower said. "We’re going to continue to take those talks a little bit further through the month and see if there’s an opportunity to reach an extension now." The Pistons will have until the Oct. 31 deadline to reach an agreement or they will become restricted free agents next summer. KCP is going to have a massive role as the starting SG this season, while Bullock may struggle to find minutes with Stanley Johnson ready to take on a larger role off the bench.
Sep 25 - 11:09 AM

Andre Drummond said he's going to win the rebounding crown again this season.

Drummond also said he's "shed about 20 pounds" this summer. He's easily the favorite to finish first in boards again with his league-leading 14.8 boards per game last year. What's more, he led the NBA in boards per game in all but one month last year -- DeAndre Jordan was first in January. Nobody will question Drummond on the glass, but the 23-year-old big man really needs to improve on his shooting.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 24 - 10:36 PM

Darrun Hilliard (back) will be limited in training camp.

It's just a precaution, but Hilliard will only be allowed to participate in one practice per day during camp. The Pistons are loaded with depth this season and Stanley Johnson is going to have a larger role, meaning Hilliard may not be in the rotation.
Sep 23 - 12:24 PM

Reggie Jackson (knee tendinitis) will be limited in training camp according to coach Stan Van Gundy.

The Pistons are reportedly just being cautious, but Jackson will be limited to one practice per day in camp. Jackson is expected to take on a leadership role this season and is coming off averages of 18.8 points, 6.2 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.5 treys in 2015-16. He should be off the board in the middle rounds.
Sep 23 - 12:15 PM

Ish Smith believes that the Pistons have assembled a championship caliber team.

"I always ask people, ‘What wakes you up at night?’ For me, now it’s the pursuit of a championship," Smith said. "That really is what the case is. It’s like, we’ve got a real chance to be champions. And I know that sounds crazy and people think, ‘Naaah. Yeah, you guys got better; not champions.’ But we’ve really got a real legit chance." They aren't realistic contenders, but you gotta love Smith's spirit. As for fantasy hoops, it's going to take an injury to Reggie Jackson for Smith to have any value.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 21 - 12:25 PM

Henry Ellenson will open training camp as the third-string power forward in Detroit.

Tobias Harris will open the season as the starter, while Jon Leuer will get the first crack at the backup job after the Pistons gave him a four-year, $42 million deal in free agency. "I feel like I’m going to control what I can control," Ellenson said of his expectations for his rookie season. "That’s coming here every day, coming to the facility and getting better and just me putting my time in of being the best player I can be." He won't be looking at minutes right away, so he's just someone to monitor in dynasty formats for the time being.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 19 - 10:29 AM

Ray McCallum may be trailing Lorenzo Brown in the fight for a spot on the Pistons' regular season roster.

According to beat writer Rod Beard of The Detroit News, "Brown had a good Summer League, and with his familiarity with the offense, looks to be ahead of Ray McCallum Jr." Stan Van Gundy was non-committal when asked about the two PGs, both of whom are vying for a third-string job behind Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith.
Sep 18 - 11:06 PM

Lorenzo Brown "looks to be ahead" of Ray McCallum Jr. on the point guard depth chart, according to the Detroit News.

Brown had a strong summer league and is also familiar with the offense while McCallum is new to the Pistons, so this does not come as a surprise. "[We’re looking for] a guy we think will help us the most and is the most ready to step in and play," Van Gundy said. "They’re both just playing to their strengths and we’ll make that decision when the time comes." Regardless of how it shakes out, neither player is on the fantasy radar with Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith ahead of them.
Sep 17 - 2:12 PM

Reggie Jackson, entering his sixth NBA season, believes he will have to "step up this year and be an even more impactful leader and more of a voice of reason and direction" for his Piston teammates.

Despite being only 26 years of age, Jackson is a one of the more respected and experienced vets on a young Pistons team. From a fantasy perspective, it will be interesting to see if Jackson's playing time increases next season. In 2015-16, Jackson averaged a career-high 30.7 minutes per game. This summer, the Pistons signed Ish Smith to a three-year, $18 million contract to serves as the team's backup PG.
Sep 17 - 12:59 PM

Darrun Hilliard, who missed the Summer League with a back injury, appears to be on track to start training camp healthy.

Per the Detroit News, Hilliard has been participating in light optional workouts, but isn’t doing anything that could cause a setback."[The trainers] are trying to limit his workload a little bit but for the most part, he’s been doing everything," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "He’s actually doing pretty well." It is unlikely Hilliard will possess significant fantasy value at any point this season. Hilliard averaged 4.0 points and 1.2 rebounds, shooting 38 percent on 3-pointers in 38 games last season.
Sep 17 - 12:52 PM

Stanley Johnson said he's changed his shot mechanics with help from his shooting coaches.

"It’s a new thing to me, but I feel like it’s normal now," Johnson said. "I don’t even know what I used to shoot like any more. I can’t feel it any more." He added his shot mechanics weren't fluid at Summer League, but they've really improved now. Johnson was just a 28.9 percent jump shooter last year, so he has nowhere to go but up. He's a fine late-round sleeper in re-draft leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 16 - 9:28 PM

Marcus Morris said that he has never felt more comfortable and confident than he is now.

"For sure. Most comfortable I’ve been. The most confident I’ve been since I’ve been in the league," Morris said. "I’m just trusting in my work, trusting in Stan Van Gundy. He’s been straight up and down with me since I’ve been here and I’ve been straight up and down with him." Morris had a massive role in Detroit last season with 35.7 minutes per game, but SVG wants to reduce his workload in order to give Stanley Johnson a larger role. Morris' upside is low, so he's not worth a look until the later rounds.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 16 - 10:53 AM

Nikola Jovanovic signed a training camp deal with the Pistons.

The undrafted forward out of USC will be competing with Trey Freeman, Lorenzo Brown and Ray McCallum for the final spot on the 15-man roster in Detroit. The Pistons are loaded up front, so there won't be any minutes available for Jovanovic if he makes the team.
Source: Real GM
Sep 16 - 9:57 AM

Trey Freeman officially signed with the Pistons this week.

The four-year point guard out of Old Dominion averaged 22.1 points per game during his senior season, but only scored 5.2 points per game for the Rockets during the summer league. He's not expected to make the final roster.
Source: Real GM
Sep 16 - 9:52 AM


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