Player News - Pistons

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Andre Drummond scored six points during a 115-87 loss to the Magic on Friday, adding 14 rebounds, two assists and one block in 20 minutes.

He hasn't had much success in the last two games, making a combined 7-of-20 from the field and missing all six from the line. Drummond and the Pistons are one of the coldest teams in basketball, but the 23-year-old Drummond should still get his minutes when it's not garbage time. He gets a much better matchup against the Knicks on Monday.
Mar 24 - 9:29 PM

Stanley Johnson scored two points with two rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

He saw some first-quarter action today and coach Stan Van Gundy may be warming up to playing Johnson. Of course, the play hasn't been there basically all season for the second-year Arizona Wildcat. Just keep an eye on him.
Mar 24 - 9:28 PM

Marcus Morris made 1-of-8 from the field for four points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers in 22 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

He just hasn't been good lately. In his last five, Morris made just 32.1 percent from the field with averages of 10.0 points, 3.8 boards, 1.6 assists and 0.8 treys. Most fantasy owners should be looking elsewhere, especially with the Pistons possibly looking at Stanley Johnson more.
Mar 24 - 9:27 PM

Ish Smith scored six points in the starting lineup during a start against the Magic on Friday, adding three rebounds and one turnover in 16 minutes.

This isn't going to end well for the Pistons with two bad losses in a row. While Smith should remain in the first unit for the short term, it's still going to be a timeshare and his usage figures to take a hit with better players around him. He's more of a steals and dimes specialist than a guy fantasy owners should count on the rest of the way.
Mar 24 - 9:27 PM

Reggie Jackson came off the bench again on Friday vs. the Magic, making 5-of-14 from the field for 11 points with four rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.

Coach Stan Van Gundy said before the game that he still thinks Jackson is the answer down the line. "It’s a decision for now," Van Gundy said about the lineup change. "It doesn’t reflect any long-term thoughts on him." It's basically been a lost season for Jackson and the trade rumors will likely be there. Most fantasy owners should be able to do better. He does have four games next week, though.
Mar 24 - 9:24 PM

Ish Smith will remain in the starting lineup Friday night vs. the Magic.

Coach Stan Van Gundy wanted to shake things up on Wednesday and inserted Smith into starting five. Smith finished with nine points, seven assists, three steals, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes. Reggie Jackson had just six points and four assists in 19 minutes.
Mar 24 - 12:40 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was quiet on Wednesday, going 2-of-4 from the field for five points, one rebound, one assist and two steals in 30 minutes.

KCP simply wasn't involved offensively tonight, and his usage should jump vs. the Magic on Friday. Detroit is now 3-11 in the second game of back-to-back sets this season, which is the worst mark in the NBA. Tonight's setback leaves them a full game behind the No. 8 seed Heat, with the Bulls breathing down their neck just one game back.
Mar 22 - 10:38 PM

Ish Smith moved into Detroit's starting lineup on Wednesday, where he posted nine points, seven assists, three steals, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

Stan Van Gundy threatened lineup changes after Tuesday's loss to the lowly Nets, saying, "We'll find out [Wednesday]," and it wasn't an idle threat. The fact that Detroit got destroyed tonight doesn't help Smith's case, but SVG will probably roll with him for at least a few more games. He's a decent pickup if you missed out on guys like Tyler Ulis and Malcolm Brogdon.
Mar 22 - 10:38 PM

The Pistons followed up Tuesday's ugly loss to the Nets with a blowout loss in Chicago, despite getting 12 points, three rebounds and two 3-pointers from Stanley Johnson.

Johnson fell out of the rotation vs. the Nets on Tuesday, but he was effective in 16 minutes in a crucial Central Division matchup tonight. Stan Van Gundy is searching for answers and could very well keep Johnson in the rotation on Friday, but he's only worth a glance in deep leagues.
Mar 22 - 10:37 PM

Reggie Jackson played 20 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, going 3-of-10 from the field for six points, four assists, one rebound and three turnovers.

Jackson didn't play in the fourth quarter vs. the Nets on Tuesday, and he's been routinely out-performed by Ish Smith, so this was a fairly obvious move for the struggling Pistons. He was barely inside the top-200 for roto value over the past two weeks, and the bench role isn't likely to help. To add injury to insult, Jax also appeared to tweak his left leg in the third quarter. We're leaving him off the injury report, but he's a cut candidate in most situations.
Mar 22 - 10:36 PM

Andre Drummond (knee) hauled in 17 rebounds on Wednesday, with eight of them on the offensive glass, but he added just eight points on 4-of-12 shooting in a lopsided loss to Chicago.

Drummond checked out late on Tuesday due to a minor knee ailment, but coach Stan Van Gundy played it down, and nothing about his play indicated discomfort. Drummond did solid work on the boards tonight, but his rim protection was suspect and the Bulls piled up 58 points in the paint. His owners surely expected more against Chicago's decimated frontcourt.
Mar 22 - 10:35 PM

Andre Drummond (knee) will start Wednesday vs. the Bulls, as expected.

Drummond left Tuesday's game during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter with some minor knee pain, but it was never expected to be an issue that would cause him to spend any additional time on the sidelines. Ish Smith, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris will join him in the starting five for tonight's game.

Reggie Jackson will come off the Pistons' bench on Wednesday, with Ish Smith moving into the starting lineup.

Stan Van Gundy teased a lineup change after Tuesday's loss to Brooklyn, and this isn't shocking after Jackson was benched for the entire fourth quarter of that game. Smith has been playing well lately and should see an uptick in his minutes as a starter, whereas this is another hit to Jackson's already shaky value.
Mar 22 - 7:23 PM

Ish Smith will enter the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Bulls, sending Reggie Jackson to the bench.

Smith has been heating up over the past month, while Jackson has been trending in the wrong direction, so this could be a lineup change that holds. Through 21 games as a starter this season, Smith owns averages of 10.8 points, 6.4 assists, 1.0 steal and just 1.5 turnovers per game on 43.1 percent shooting, so he's worth a look if those numbers fit your needs. Jackson, on the other hand, is quickly approaching cut candidate territory.
Mar 22 - 7:22 PM

Michael Gbinije (left ankle sprain) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls.

No fantasy impact to discuss, as Gbinije is not part of the Pistons rotation.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 22 - 12:47 PM


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