Player News - Pistons

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Reggie Bullock will replace Stanley Johnson in the Pistons starting lineup Tuesday night vs. the Nuggets.

Johnson has seen his playing time diminish this past week as Detroit looks to improve its offensive output. Over the Pistons last three games, Johnson averaged just 3.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 24.0 minutes. If you were holding onto to him in deeper leagues, it's safe to send Johnson to the wire.
Dec 12 - 6:50 PM

Reggie Bullock will replace Stanley Johnson in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets.

Through three games as a starter this season, Bullock owns meager averages of 4.3 points, 2.0 assists and 1.0 triple on 33.3 percent shooting, so whether he's starting or coming off the bench, he remains irrelevant in fantasy hoops. Johnson has actually played better as a reserve this season, so him moving to the second unit might not be such a bad thing.
Dec 12 - 6:48 PM

Avery Bradley (illness) is a go for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets.

Bradley skipped shootaround due to the illness, but he was never expected to miss this game. His shooting percentages have been all over the place this season, but maybe he'll be able to turn in a more efficient game with a favorable matchup against the Nuggets.
Dec 12 - 5:27 PM

Eric Moreland (illness) was absent from morning shootaround but is expected to play Tuesday vs. Denver.

Moreland is averaging just 1.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 10.5 minutes per game backing up Andre Drummond this season.

Avery Bradley (illness) missed shootaround but does plan to play Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

Bradley has been somewhat inconsistent this season but has played a bit better of late. Over the Pistons three games last week, Bradley averaged 19.0 points and 3.0 treys. However, Avery's rebounding numbers have been way down with the Pistons, hurting his overall fantasy value.
Dec 12 - 11:55 AM

Boban Marjanovic had two points, one assist and no other stats in five minutes of action on Sunday.

Boban chipped in 10 points with four boards in 14 minutes on Friday, but tonight's disappearance is par for the course. We'll let you know if he earns a reliable spot in the rotation, but we're not holding our breath.
Dec 10 - 8:06 PM

Reggie Jackson missed all nine of his field goals on Sunday, scoring two points on 2-of-2 free throws with three assists, two steals and one rebound in 19 minutes.

Jackson watched from the bench as Detroit made a late run with Ish Smith at the PG spot, and this was just a brutal night against an elite defense for R-Jax. He came in averaging 18.8 points in December and hasn't been held to single-digit points in consecutive games all season, however, and owners shouldn't overreact. He gets a terrific matchup vs. the visiting Nuggets on Tuesday.
Dec 10 - 8:04 PM

Ish Smith was on the court down the stretch on Sunday, finishing with 11 points (5-of-13 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), six rebounds, five assists and one steal in 29 minutes.

Smith helped Detroit close to within four points with 4:19 remaining tonight, but his efforts weren't enough to snap the Pistons' losing skid. Reggie Jackson was lousy with two points on 0-of-9 shooting, but it's nearly impossible to predict which games Smith will win the position battle. Leave him on the wire.
Dec 10 - 8:03 PM

Tobias Harris scored a team-high 19 points for Detroit on Sunday, making 5-of-15 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with eight rebounds, three 3-pointers, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 38 minutes.

The Pistons scored 118 points in their first game vs. the Celtics this season, the most Boston has allowed to any opponent, but their offense was stifled tonight. Al Horford did a good job checking Harris defensively, while Boston limited Detroit to 33.3% shooting, resulting in sixth straight loss. Harris came in with top-40 value over the past month and he gets the Suns' defense on Tuesday.
Dec 10 - 8:02 PM

Stanley Johnson finished Sunday's loss to the Celtics with five points, two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes.

Johnson's playing time evaporated as the Pistons tried in vain to manufacture some offense, which isn't exactly his strong suit. He's shooting 35.8% from the field this season, including a career-low 28.4% from deep, and probably wouldn't be in the rotation if it weren't for his defense. Until the offensive numbers improve, he's a poor fantasy asset.
Dec 10 - 8:00 PM

Avery Bradley scored 25 points with four rebounds, one turnover and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Warriors during a 102-98 loss on Friday.

That's his second best scoring game on the year, and his four boards are his most since Nov. 17. Bradley was having a brutal month so far at just 30.4 percent from the field in his previous December games, which created a nice buy-low window. Bradley certainly won't be the rebounding guard he was last year because of Andre Drummond being such a vacuum for boards, but he could get hot as a scorer. He's a great bet to improve the rest of the way.
Dec 9 - 12:01 AM

Andre Drummond had a rough night against the Warriors on Friday, making 2-of-9 from the field for eight points with 17 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.

The Warriors defense kept him in check in a big way with all of his shots coming in the paint. Drummond was blocked four times in this game with Kevin Durant leading the way with three of those --JaVale McGee had the fourth. Drummond had only been blocked 0.8 times per game in his previous 24 outings, so big credit to the Dubs here. Drummond gets another rough matchup against the Celtics on Sunday, but he's fared well against them.
Dec 8 - 11:59 PM

Luke Kennard scored four points with three rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 15 minutes against the Warriors on Friday.

He may have secured a regular role with 16.0 minutes per game this month, and he even pushed Langston Galloway out of the rotation on Wednesday -- Galloway played today, though. The Pistons have little incentive to play Kennard extended minutes, but he's still further along than most anticipated.
Dec 8 - 11:58 PM

Langston Galloway played 14 minutes with six points, five boards, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 14 minutes against the Warriors on Friday.

He was bumped from the rotation on Wednesday with coach Stan Van Gundy leaning on Luke Kennard. Galloway did get some clutch minutes in this game, but there's still a chance he's a DNP-CD the next time.
Dec 8 - 11:58 PM

Boban Marjanovic played a season-high 14 minutes against the Warriors on Friday with 10 points, four rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

Free Boban? Please? He did not play in the last two games, but coach Stan Van Gundy using him against a non-traditional, post-up five is certainly noteworthy. Boban did get all the backup center minutes and Eric Moreland hasn't exactly lit it up. Just keep a close eye on Marjanovic to see if he gets more action against the Celtics on Sunday.
Dec 8 - 11:57 PM


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