Player News - Pistons

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Boban Marjanovic increased his chances of logging more minutes next season after a strong finish to the 2016-17 campaign.

One key factor determining Marjanovic's role next season is whether or not Aron Baynes opts out of his current contract and re-signs with the Pistons. If Baynes leaves, Boban will have the inside track on backup minutes behind Andre Drummond. Over this last four games of the regular season, Boban averaged 15.8 points and 10.3 boards, while shooting 59.1 percent from the field and 84.6 percent from the stripe in 23 minutes per contest.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 25 - 1:36 PM

According to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, the Pistons will match any offer sheet that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope receives as a restricted free agent.

Ellis adds that Detroit's stance won't change even if KCP is offered a max deal. The 24-year-old wing is obviously one of coach Stan Van Gundy's favorite players and he has progressed in each of his four seasons. He's also very durable, averaging 78.5 games played per campaign. KCP averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 triples on 39.9 percent shooting in 2016-17, and he figures to be a building block for this franchise for a long time.
Apr 16 - 10:31 AM

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said that Andre Drummond "needs to have a sense of urgency to elevate his game."

Drummond took a disappointing step back this season. His stats dropped across the board, including his scoring and rebounding averages. His free throw percentage remained below 39 percent. Van Gundy did say that Drummond has "a chance to be really good to great, but he needs to do some work to get there." Over the final five games of the season, with Boban Marjanovic seeing increased playing time, Drummond averaged only 8.6 points and 11.0 rebounds.
Apr 15 - 11:14 AM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons will look to devise more ways to use Boban Marjanovic in guarding stretch fives and taking advantage of guards.

Yes please. Boban was freed to close the season, averaging 15.8 points, 10.3 boards, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks on 59.1 percent from the field and 84.6 percent from the line in just 23 minutes per game over the final four outings. Even if Boban can hit the 20-minute mark, he'll be on the radar in fantasy leagues. DFS players certainly cashed in on Boban over the last week of the season.
Apr 14 - 7:38 PM

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said he's confident that Reggie Jackson will bounce back next season.

"Reggie Jackson had a really difficult year and it really affected our team," Van Gundy said. "I think Reggie will come back and be as good as or better than he was two years ago. I honestly do. There were a lot of things that were physically and mentally very difficult for him to handle. He’s committed to getting those things changed. He’s a talented guy and he’ll be really good next year — I have confidence in him." Jackson was shut down for the final nine games of the season because he never looked healthy, finishing with averages of 14.5 points, 5.2 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.3 triples on 41.9 percent shooting in 52 games. He won't be a recommended fantasy target next season and there's a good chance that he's traded.
Apr 13 - 10:08 AM

Boban Marjanovic double-doubled vs. the Magic on Wednesday with 14 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and one steal in 21 minutes.

What a finish to the season for Boban. Over his last four games, he averaged 15.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 steals on 59.1 percent shooting in just 23.0 minutes. With Aron Baynes expected to walk as a free agent, Boban is the favorite to open the 2017-18 season as Andre Drummond's primary backup. The per-minute monster could have some sneaky fantasy appeal in fantasy next season.
Apr 13 - 12:09 AM

Jon Leuer moved back into the starting lineup on Wednesday vs. the Magic and scored two points with five rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes.

He missed all five of his shots tonight and really slowed down over the last few weeks of the season. While Leuer is under contract for the next three seasons, it's possible that Henry Ellenson could leapfrog him in the rotation in 2017-18.
Apr 13 - 12:03 AM

Marcus Morris was a healthy scratch on Wednesday vs. the Magic.

The Pistons had no reason to play him tonight, so they gave Stanley Johnson a look. Morris is under contract for a couple more seasons and it doesn't look like Johnson is quite ready for a larger role, so Morris could be looking at a similar workload next season. Morris will barely finish the year as a top-150 player in standard leagues with averages of 14.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.5 triples on 41.7 percent shooting, so he won't be a recommended target in 12-team leagues. His head coach sure does love him, though.
Apr 13 - 12:00 AM

Stanley Johnson started on Wednesday vs. the Magic in the season finale, but finished scoreless in 20 minutes.

The Pistons rested Marcus Morris to get a look at Johnson, but the second-year wing missed all five of his shots and finished with a single rebound. Johnson has an NBA body, but his development has stalled on the offensive end -- he shot just 35.3 percent from the field and 29.2 percent from 3-point range this season. Johnson said he wants to go to summer league for the third year in a row, so we'll get a good look at him over the offseason. His outlook for 2017-18 isn't great at the moment with Marcus Morris under contract for the next couple of seasons.
Apr 12 - 11:45 PM

Marcus Morris is not expected to play on Wednesday, according to coach Stan Van Gundy.

The Pistons are going to give their young players more minutes in an otherwise meaningless game tonight. Tobias Harris is expected to play but his minutes will be held in check, and he'd likely also be a DNP but Van Gundy wants to let him appear in all 82 games.
Apr 12 - 7:26 PM

Marcus Morris will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against Orlando.

Morris might not play at all tonight with this game being meaningless and Stan Van Gundy wanting to get an extended look at some of the younger guys on the roster. With 14 games on the slate tonight, you should be able to do significantly better than Morris.
Apr 12 - 2:09 PM

Henry Ellenson will return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

He should still see 20-plus minutes with the second unit, so how he enters the game doesn't really matter all that much. Since entering the rotation three games ago, Ellenson has compiled averages of 9.0 points, 7.7 boards and 1.7 triples on 32.3 percent shooting.
Apr 12 - 2:07 PM

Stanley Johnson will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Magic, sending Marcus Morris to the bench.

Johnson could be flirting with 30-plus minutes as a starter tonight, and with a favorable matchup against the Magic, he could be worth a dart throw in DFS. Morris might only log minutes in the teens for tonight's meaningless game, so he's not a great target in most settings.
Apr 12 - 12:59 PM

Jon Leuer will return to the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Magic, sending Henry Ellenson back to the bench.

Leuer just hasn't been much of a factor in the rotation since Stan Van Gundy started going with a player development focus, and with Ellenson still likely to receive 20-plus minutes off the bench, Leuer isn't a very attractive target despite the starter designation.
Apr 12 - 12:58 PM

Tobias Harris returned to the bench in Monday's 105-101 loss to the Wizards and played well with 22 points in 31 minutes.

His splits as a starter and reserve are pretty similar this season, so his fantasy owners shouldn't concern themselves on where he starts the game. He shot 8-of-17 from the field with five rebounds, two assists, two steals and three triples, but his owners will want to make sure he's active for the season finale on Wednesday with Pistons playing for lottery balls.
Apr 10 - 11:35 PM


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