Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Ish Smith finished with two points, four rebounds and three assists with a blocked shot and zero turnovers in 14 minutes on Sunday.

Smith has a 3.54 assists-turnovers ratio which is the best for the Pistons since Chauncey Billups (3.59, 2006-07). While he is doing good things with the ball, he remains behind Reggie Jackson on the depth chart. Unless Stan Van Gundy has a change of heart and decides to mix up the lineup, Smith's fantasy ceiling remains rather limited.
Feb 26 - 10:07 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with 18 points, three assists, three rebounds, two blocked shots and an assist in Sunday's loss against the Celtics.

KCP has been stroking it from behind the arc lately, connecting for 12 triples over his past three outings. He has been a rather streaky player for his fantasy owners, and right now he is enjoying a hot stretch with 22.3 points and 5.7 rebounds over the past three games to crush his season averages. As such he has been a solid bargain in daily formats.
Feb 26 - 9:50 PM

Reggie Jackson (neck) finished with 17 points, six assists, four rebounds and a steal over 34 minutes in Sunday's win against the Pistons.

Jackson was questionable to play due to neck spasms but he looked fine in the victory, connecting on three of his five 3-pointer attempts and turning the ball over just three times. It was a nice bounce back game after he managed just four points in Thursday's 1-of-6 shooting night against the Hornets. His scoring totals have been rather erratic lately but he remains a solid source of assists, occasional steals and points.
Feb 26 - 9:45 PM

Andre Drummond ended up with 17 points, 15 rebounds and a pair of steals in 36 minutes Sunday against the Celtics, but he was terrible from the free-throw line.

Hack-a-Drum was in effect in the Motor City, as Drummond was sent to the line 11 times. While he hit eight of his 13 field-goal attempts, he was able to knock down just one of his attempts from the charity stripe. He has been poor from the free-throw line, but he isn't usually this bad.
Feb 26 - 9:36 PM

Reggie Jackson (neck) will start Sunday vs. the Celtics.

Stan Van Gundy said that the team has been winning, so he's not thinking about changing his starting five at the moment. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris, Jon Leuer and Andre Drummond will join Jackson in the starting five.

Reggie Jackson (neck spasms) is questionable to play Sunday vs. the Celtics.

Jackson wasn't able to go through shootaround, although he was able to get in some work around 3pm ET, so he's shaping up to be a game-time call for tonight's game. Owners will have to check back closer to tip-off for an official update, but if he's out, Ish Smith would draw the start and he'd be someone to consider throwing out there as a streamer or low-budget DFS option. Stay tuned.
Feb 26 - 4:04 PM

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said he's trying to figure out how to get the best out of Reggie Jackson.

"I think he's been trying defensively," SVG said. "Just offensively, we've got to find an answer. I know he's frustrated. He's frustrated with me, play calls and things like that. So, we're going to have to find something to where he can play more effectively, more productively, on the offensive end of the court." R-Jax has the worst plus/minus rating of anyone on the roster and hit rock bottom on Thursday with four points and four assists in just 20 minutes. He's shooting 36.3 percent from the field in February and looks a like a drop candidate in standard leagues if there's a hot free agent available.
Source: M Live
Feb 26 - 10:02 AM

Aron Baynes (illness) played five minutes off the bench on Thursday finishing with zero points and a steal.

He wasn't feeling 100 percent, but as long as Andre Drummond and Jon Leuer are healthy, Baynes isn't going to be much of a factor for Detroit.
Feb 23 - 11:30 PM

Ish Smith came off the bench and hit just 2-of-12 shots for five points on Thursday, but also handed out 16 assists to tie his career high and helped the Pistons overcome an 18-point deficit to beat the Hornets 114-108 in overtime.

Smith clearly outplayed starter Reggie Jackson and got 33 minutes, finishing with a +/- of +20, while Jackson's number was a -20. Smith also got a bulk of the minutes tonight and it's clear by all the trade chatter that Stan Van Gundy was hoping to get rid of Jackson at the trade deadline. As of now, Jackson is still the starting point guard, but Smith should be picked up in most fantasy leagues in case SVG makes a move after tonight's performance.
Feb 23 - 10:50 PM

Tobias Harris hit 9-of-17 shots and four 3-pointers for 25 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a block in 37 minutes off the bench on Thursday.

That's more like it! Harris has been in a bit of a funk this month and the 25 points were his most since he scored 25 way back on Jan. 5. Despite the recent struggles he's been shooting it well and should continue to play a huge role for the Pistons off the bench.
Feb 23 - 10:33 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went off on Thursday, hitting 11-of-25 shots and seven 3-pointers on his way to 33 points, nine rebounds and three assists in 43 minutes of a 114-108 overtime win against the Hornets.

This wasn't a season high for KCP, but it was easily one of the best games of his career, as he and Kemba Walker went head-to-head down the stretch and matched either other with big shot after big shot. KCP's 3-pointer with 18 seconds left ended up sending the game to overtime, where the Pistons coasted. Stan Van Gundy loves him and the trade deadline is over, so hopefully KCP will continue to play well over the last few weeks of the season.
Feb 23 - 10:29 PM

Reggie Jackson hit just 1-of-6 shots for four points and four assists in just 20 minutes of Thursday's 114-108 OT win over the Hornets.

Jackson had a bad night, helping to dig his team into an early 18-point hole, finishing the game with a +/- of -14, and watching his backup hand out 16 assists and help bring the Pistons back for one of the best wins of their season. Add in the fact that Stan Van Gundy was trying really hard to move Jackson at the deadline, and the future is up in the air here. Just keep in mind that it's only one game and Jackson is still the starter, for now, so don't do anything drastic with him. But if you have room to pick up Smith without dropping anyone too valuable, now looks like the time to make your move.
Feb 23 - 10:24 PM

Jon Leuer hit just 5-of-14 shots for 10 points, nine rebounds and two assists in 41 minutes of Thursday's 114-108 overtime win against the Hornets.

The minutes and shots were there tonight, as usual, but they just weren't falling. With the exception of a two-point dud on Feb. 12, Leuer has played very well during most of February, and his rebounds have been up over his last three games (9.3). He appears to be locked into the starting power forward job the rest of the way and deserves to be owned in most fantasy leagues.
Feb 23 - 10:19 PM

Aron Baynes (illness) will play vs. the Hornets on Thursday.

Baynes was sick during the break but he's well enough to suit up against Charlotte's depleted frontcourt tonight. Unfortunately for Baynes, he wasn't traded to a better situation and is still just a deep-league handcuff while Andre Drummond and Jon Leuer are healthy.
Feb 23 - 7:08 PM

Aron Baynes (illness) is questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Hornets.

Baynes has an expiring contract, so he's a trade candidate as well. If Baynes remains in Detroit past the deadline and sits out tonight, Andre Drummond will have a higher floor and we could see more of Boban Marjanovic and Jon Leuer.
Feb 23 - 11:40 AM


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