Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) has been playing confidently and without hesitation during the Pistons' practices.

"Physically, he looks fine and he's got great confidence. He doesn't seem to have hesitation on anything," said Stan Van Gundy. Perhaps Dinwiddie's impending return is the reason the Pistons felt comfortable shipping out backup point guard Will Bynum in their recent trade for Joel Anthony, and it's impressive that he's recovered so quickly from ACL surgery. However, Dinwiddie will enter a very crowded backcourt rotation in Detroit, and he should only be monitored in deeper leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 19 - 12:59 PM

Josh Smith suffered a minor ankle sprain on Saturday against the Hawks.

He said he was fine and didn't seem bothered by it in the post-game. Smith is likely going to start and play less minutes at small forward this season, which could help his value.
Oct 19 - 12:02 AM

Josh Smith didn't take any attempts from beyond the arc and made both free throws against the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 14 points with five rebounds, five assists and one steal.

Who is this guy? The self-proclaimed Mid-Range Shawty still did take a lot of shots outside of the paint and was 6-of-13 from the field tonight. Hopefully, Smith can shoot the ball a little better, which would do wonders for his fantasy value. He's a higher-upside mid-round target.
Oct 18 - 11:21 PM

Kyle Singler scored an efficient 15 points against the Hawks on Saturday to go with two boards, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

He was 4-of-8 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line. Singler is going to get minutes with the Pistons, but he's not going to be a major contributor while he's out there. He can be ignored in most fantasy leagues as long as there is no surprise bad news on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee).
Oct 18 - 11:16 PM

Greg Monroe came off the bench against the Hawks on Saturday, finishing with 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists, three steals, two blocks and four turnovers.

He fouled out and is being a little too aggressive on both ends. Monroe has clearly outplayed Josh Smith, but it does make sense to bring him off the bench because he can play center while Smith cannot. He's an early-late round target in most leagues.
Oct 18 - 11:12 PM

Andre Drummond continued to own the paint against the Hawks Saturday, grabbing 17 rebounds with two steals, three blocks and 19 points.

On the downside, he did shoot just 1-of-7 from the line, so that's not good. Besides that, the stats are going to be coming in bunches and he'll probably have so many 20-20s this season that he'll be doing TV commercials for Lasik companies. If you're in a league that doesn't penalize for FT%, he's arguably the best player to draft.
Oct 18 - 11:02 PM

Brandon Jennings had his best game of the preseason on Saturday, handing out 11 assists to go with 16 points, four rebounds, two steals and four 3-pointers.

He did shoot 5-of-13 from the field, which is his best shooting line so far this month. Jennings came into tonight shooting just 8-of-32 (25.0 percent) from the field, so his transition into coach Stan Van Gundy's offense hasn't been a smooth one. Sure, he could turn it around and this game was nice, but Jennings' bandwagon has a lot of room on it.
Oct 18 - 10:54 PM

Greg Monroe will come off the bench against the Hawks on Saturday.

It'll be Brandon Jennings, Cartier Martin, Kyle Singler, Josh Smith and Andre Drummond in the starting lineup. Smith has not look great while Monroe has been solid, so all bets are off on who starts. Regardless, it shouldn't affect their overall fantasy values much.
Oct 18 - 6:47 PM

Greg Monroe scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting with 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block as Stan Van Gundy rolled out his jumbo starting lineup of Monroe, Josh Smith and Andre Drummond on Friday against the Magic.

Monroe and Smith are both comfortable playing PF, and it was Smith that struggled tonight at SF with just three points on 1-of-7 shooting to go with seven assists, two steals and one block. Van Gundy was clear before the game that he's not going to be using this starting lineup , but since it's the lineup they will need to close with they need to learn how to make it work.
Oct 17 - 11:25 PM

D.J. Augustin scored 21 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 6-of-13 shots (3-of-5 from deep, 6-of-7 from the line) with six rebounds, three assists and three steals in 24 minutes.

Augustin is coming off a solid year in Chicago that re-established him in the league and he was brought into Detroit to light a fire under Brandon Jennings. Stan Van Gundy has already said he's not going to use many, if any small two-guard lineups, but if Jennings (10 points, 1-of-6 FGs, three assists, one steal, 28 minutes) starts running his own program then the coach has a reliable player to tap. To be clear, Jennings is still the clear starter with a notable edge in projected minutes.
Oct 17 - 11:21 PM

Josh Smith will start at small forward against the Magic on Friday.

He started there on Wednesday, but is not expected to start there during the regular season. It's still unclear if it's going to be Smith or Greg Monroe coming off the bench, but it's not likely going to affect either of their fantasy values very much.
Oct 17 - 11:30 AM

Joel Anthony (groin) will be traded to the Pistons in exchange for Will Bynum.

The Pistons are going to use Greg Monroe to soak up a lot of minutes at center, so Anthony's role is not going to be significant with his new team. He has no fantasy value and might not even have made the Celtics.
Oct 17 - 9:58 AM

Stan Van Gundy emphasized that he doesn't plan to start Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith together during the regular season.

All three started on Wednesday and they fared well, with Smith notching 14 points at the SF position that flummoxed him last year, but it's little more than preseason experimentation. "We need to have the flexibility of using that lineup, being comfortable in that lineup," said Van Gundy. "We need to look at some different defensive schemes and things." Whether Smith starts or comes off the bench on opening night, he projects as a late-round fantasy value.
Source: MLive.com
Oct 15 - 1:33 PM

D.J. Augustin looked good with 16 points, four boards and six assists off the bench on Wednesday, but he's not expected to play many minutes alongside Brandon Jennings or Will Bynum this season.

Jennings is 6'1" and Bynum and Augustin are both 6'0", which may dissuade Stan Van Gundy from going small even with Jodie Meeks (back) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) on the sidelines. "It's possible but we'd probably be as small a backcourt as you can get, without pairing Muggsy Bogues and Spud Webb," Van Gundy said. Jennings is starting at PG and there won't be enough reserve minutes available for Bynum or Augustin to have reliable fantasy value.
Source: MLive.com
Oct 15 - 1:32 PM

Greg Monroe played well in the Pistons' jumbo frontcourt on Wednesday, notching 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block.

The Pistons dominated the Hornets in rebounding, with a 58-36 advantage, but that won't persuade coach Stan Van Gundy to keep both Monroe and Josh Smith in the starting lineup. Monroe's poor FT shooting is offset by solid scoring, rebounding and steals, with occasional blocks, and he's a reasonable target after the middle rounds.
Oct 15 - 1:25 PM


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