Player News - Pistons

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Stan Van Gundy challenged Brandon Jennings to be "more efficient, more consistent," and more reliable on the defensive end.

SVG has been typically blunt in his appraisal of Jennings since taking over as the Pistons head coach. "He’s gotta get over picks and back in front of the ball. He’s gotta keep the ball out of the paint better," said Van Gundy. "[He's] still young at 25, but he’s been in the league long enough that it’s time to play more solid, efficient basketball." Jennings has been the first one to admit his poor play last year, but he faces renewed competition from newcomer D.J. Augustin and a healthy Will Bynum.
Sep 30 - 4:41 PM

Greg Monroe denied rumors of any offseason discord with the Detroit Pistons.

After an offseason of trade rumors and reports of Monroe not liking certain players, Monroe lashed out a bit on Monday. "It wasn't rumors, it was all lies," he said. "Because I know what really went on, I'm not worried about it. I know the truth. At the end of the day, I'm focused on getting ready for the season. All that stuff is behind me. I could [not] really care less." Playing on a one-year contract before he hits unrestricted free agency, Monroe is a solid mid-round draft target for fantasy owners.
Sep 30 - 1:52 PM

Josh Smith said he's feeling better about his prospects entering the 2014-15 season.

"It was real tough. It was very cold and losing on top of it, it got hard," Smith said of his 2013-14 campaign. "But I started off losing in this league so I'm appreciative of the moments of winning." The 29-year-old is focused on playing more like a power forward after taking a career-high 265 three-pointers last year that caused his field goal percentage to drop to 41.9 percent. As long as Smith can stick to his promise of playing more like a post player, he should provide fantasy owners with mid-round value in 2014-15.
Sep 30 - 12:15 PM

Josh Smith said that he will be a post player this year, and not a 3-point shooter.

That's music to fantasy owners ears as he really hurt his field goal percentage last year (41.9 percent) by jacking up 3.4 three-pointers per game, while only connecting on 0.9 of them (or 26.4 percent from beyond the arc). Smith averaged 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.4 blocks in a down-year with the Pistons last season, and it'll be interesting to see if he can turn things around with Stan Van Gundy as his coach. He's more of a late-mid round target with some upside.
Sep 29 - 7:34 PM

Brandon Jennings accepted the criticism he received last season, stating: "I didn't do my job last year."

Jennings averaged 15.5 points, 7.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.9 three-pointers last season while shooting an abysmal 37.3 percent from the field. Jennings is a known field goal percentage killer in fantasy circles, and only managed to shoot 41.8 percent during his "best" season in 2012. Jennings is currently pencilled in as the team's starting point guard, but it's not unreasonable to think he could eventually find himself in a timeshare with newly acquired D.J. Augustin if he continues to fire up poor shots, and miss layups. Jennings profiles as a late-mid round target in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 7:26 PM

Aaron Gray will miss the Pistons training camp as he continues to rehab from a cardiac episode he suffered during a workout in late August.

Gray is simply a backup center, and averaged just 1.8 points, and 3.1 rebounds through 33 games last season. He is not someone to target in any league.
Sep 29 - 3:52 PM

Stan Van Gundy praised Greg Monroe's defensive techniques on Friday, but admitted that he "doesn't have the jumping ability or shot-blocking [of Josh Smith or Andre Drummond]."

"He needs to develop discipline to not get silly fouls," Van Gundy added, "but I think he can be really good. He's capable of doing virtually everything and he will do it." Monroe had some trouble with the law this summer, resulting in a two-game suspension, but if he can earn a starting job at training camp it will go a long way to help his fantasy value. He is playing for a new contract, which helps, and he's a safe target in the middle-to-late rounds of standard drafts.
Sep 28 - 7:00 PM

Stan Van Gundy stated during a recent interview that a lineup of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond will not be a primary lineup, and hinted the three may not even start together.

"What I don't think will happen is [that Smith, Monroe, and Drummond will] be our primary lineup," said Van Gundy. "Maybe what emerges is those three guys start at 3-4-5. I don't anticipate that would be the case but even if they do, that won't be the lineup that gets the most minutes." Van Gundy also added that he'll be adjusting his lineups on a nightly basis, so there could certainly be some tinkering with minutes throughout the season. Drummond is likely the safest of the group in terms of putting up fantasy value, and starting, while it's unclear if Smith or Monroe would be headed to the bench in a sixth man role. We'll be paying close attention to how SVG's rotations develop over training camp and preseason. Stay tuned.
Sep 28 - 11:43 AM

Greg Monroe said he would "definitely" consider a return to the Pistons next year.

It would be a big surprise for him to return. Monroe will be an unrestricted free agent next summer and he can also choose to be traded to any team he wants, assuming the Pistons can come to terms on a deal. Monroe is likely going to lose some of his playing time, so he's more of a mid-to-late round target this season.
Sep 27 - 10:55 AM

The Pistons will sign Hasheem Thabeet to a non-guarantted deal.

The 76ers waived him, which is all you really need to know about his chances to make the Pistons. Thabeet has been a bust since being selected before guys like James Harden and Stephen Curry in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Sep 24 - 4:01 PM

Andre Drummond said he's ready to "take the team over," and he hasn't rested since returning from Team USA's gold-medal victory in Spain.

"I feel like I've done enough with this team that I have the green light to lead this team," said Drummond, who is entering his third NBA season. It's hard to believe that Drummond's work-ethic was questioned prior to the 2012 draft, but he's quickly established himself as a top-tier center after averaging 13.5 points on 62.3 percent shooting, 13.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.6 blocks last season. In the context of a punt-FT% fantasy strategy, there might not be a better big man in basketball.
Sep 24 - 10:37 AM

Jonas Jerebko could be the odd man out of the Pistons rotation, according to the team's website.

He's not really capable of playing small forward, so it'll be tough for him to get run with Josh Smith looking to get more run at power forward. Jerebko had a career-best season from beyond the arc, which will be a big factor in his outlook this season. He's not worth drafting in any league right now.
Sep 22 - 7:30 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy was thrilled to get D.J. Augustin in free agency, according to the team's website.

The Pistons have an open competition at point guard and it wouldn't be a total shock to see Augustin take the job away from Brandon Jennings. Anytime a new coach takes over and has front office responsibilities, that team will be worth watching in training camp. Augustin isn't quite worth drafting in fantasy leagues just yet, though.
Sep 22 - 7:25 PM

Kyle Singler has been told to be prepared to play the stretch four for the Pistons.

The Pistons are likely going to give an overwhelming amount of the power forward minutes to Josh Smith and Greg Monroe. Singler's fantasy value figures to take a hit from last season and he probably won't play as much on the wing with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jodie Meeks vying for minutes. He's not worth targeting in almost any league.
Sep 22 - 7:20 PM

General manager Jeff Bower said the Pistons' roles will be up for competition in training camp.

"We have to compete on a daily basis, as a team," Bower said. "We have players that have talents and abilities that will create a very competitive environment." This is obviously GM speak, but Jennings was a disaster last season with the Pistons. The team added D.J. Augustin to bolster their 3-point shooting and Will Bynum also had some success with the first unit. Both would still need to play almost perfectly to usurp the starting job from Jennings.
Sep 22 - 12:55 PM

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