Player News - Pistons

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Andre Drummond led the NBA this season with his 5.4 offensive rebounds per game, 19.6 rebounds per 48 minutes and 6.1 contested rebounds per game.

Only DeAndre Jordan had more total rebounds per game than Drummond and it's obvious the 20-year-old big man has some ridiculous potential as a rebounder. He was also 10th in the NBA in blocks per game and was second among centers in steals per game. On the other hand, he did finish dead last among qualifiers for free throw shooting, but that's really the only knock on his game as a stat-stuffing player.
Apr 17 - 4:14 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit five 3-pointers and had a career-high 30 points and six rebounds in Wednesday's tough loss to the Thunder.

They were just hoping to play spoiler, but it wasn't meant to be. KCP was great, while Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond each had 22, and Kyle Singler had 20 to round out the double-digit scoring for the Pistons tonight.
Apr 16 - 10:57 PM

Josh Smith is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday.

Presumably, he's not going to play tonight and we'll have an update hopefully in the next few minutes. Kyle Singler will get another start at small forward and gets the fun task of guarding Kevin Durant.
Apr 16 - 7:48 PM

Rodney Stuckey will not play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

There has been no reason given on his status and it might just be rest. Stuckey finished the season on a high note with some solid scoring performances, but his game just doesn't translate to fantasy very well. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is starting tonight.
Apr 16 - 7:45 PM

Will Bynum (foot) will not play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

His foot injury will have kept him out for the final seven games of the season. Bynum has been effective off the bench and the Pistons play better team ball when he's out there.
Apr 16 - 7:43 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will start on Wednesday night vs. the Thunder.

Rodney Stuckey moves to the bench as the Pistons shake things up a bit. Caldwell-Pope's rookie season has been a bit of a letdown and he'll have to learn how to do things outside of shooting to be a better player.
Apr 16 - 7:40 PM

Pistons forward Luigi Datome said that his 18.4 percent shooting from downtown is partly due to his limited role off the bench.

Datome was considered a lights-out shooter in Europe but he's struggled to adapt to the NBA. "My percentage is terrible," he said. "It’s not easy to sit for five, six games and then play maybe five minutes of garbage time." The 26-year-old will earn $1.8 million in the final year of his contract next season, and he should go undrafted in fantasy leagues.
Apr 15 - 2:50 PM

Joe Dumars officially resigned as the Pistons' president on Monday, and the team is already searching for a new head of basketball operations.

Dumars is expected to stay with the franchise in an advisory capacity. For now, executives George David and Ken Cantanella will guide the team's strategy and prepare for this summer's draft, but it shouldn't take long for candidates to emerge for the Pistons' vacant president/GM job.
Apr 14 - 12:30 PM

Pistons president Joe Dumars is expected to move into an advisory role for the franchise next season, according to CBS Sports.

Dumars presided over the Pistons' championship team in 2004 but his image has been undermined by a series of misguided draft picks and free agent signings. Dumars' new role would give him the option to accept a role with another franchise, and it's unclear who might take up his vacant job as president.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 9:13 AM

Brandon Jennings scored 17 points in Sunday's 116-107 loss to the Raptors to go with three boards, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on 6-of-18 from the field.

His field goal attempts were greater than his point total today, which has become old hat for the NBA's worst shooter based on field goal percentage. Jennings does rank a respectable 12th in assist:turnover ratio this season, but he still has a lot of work to do as a floor general and running an offense. The Pistons rank 24th in assists per game despite ranking eighth in the NBA in field goals per game.
Apr 13 - 6:55 PM

Greg Monroe made 8-of-13 from the field for 23 points against the Raptors on Sunday with 10 boards, one assist and one block in 34 minutes.

His April was not going well with respect to efficiency, making just 38.9 percent from the field in his previous six games. Monroe was still able to put up a 15-10 average line in that span and he's still sitting pretty at 50 percent from the field on the year. The arrival of Josh Smith (knee) didn't seem to hurt him too badly this year and his sub-par shooting while Smith has been out is more of a coincidence.
Apr 13 - 6:49 PM

Andre Drummond double-doubled against the Raptors on Sunday with 14 points, 17 boards, two assists, two steals and three blocks in 31 minutes.

His ability to grab contested rebounds is second to none and he's just 20 years old. Drummond's 1.24 steals per game are also a nice bonus to his statistical output while he also looks like he'll be very durable with 81 games played this season -- assuming he goes on Wednesday. He's an elite fantasy asset even with the free throw shooting woes.
Apr 13 - 6:43 PM

Josh Smith (knee) will not play in Sunday's game vs. the Raptors.

With the Pistons firmly out of the playoff picture, there's no reason for Smith to rush back from his injury and it's very likely Smith could be a shutdown candidate. Rodney Stuckey will draw the start, and he makes for a decent plug-and-play for those seeking points.
Apr 13 - 2:00 PM

Charlie Villanueva isn't sure how much interest he'll draw as a free agent this summer, but the 29-year- old PF is eager to rebuild his value around the NBA.

"People haven’t seen me play in awhile, of course it’ll gonna be tough," Villanueva said. "If I have to work out [for teams] to show I still have a lot of basketball left, I’ll do it ... Basically start from scratch again." He played in only 20 games this season and will be a very unlikely fantasy option no matter which team's jersey he's wearing in 2014-15.
Apr 12 - 10:35 AM

Rodney Stuckey started again on Friday vs. the Bulls during a 106-98 loss, scoring 22 points with one board, one assist, one steal and no turnovers in 32 minutes.

He did not take any 3-pointers tonight, which has been a big reason why Stuckey hasn't made much of a splash in fantasy leagues from an overall value standpoint. Josh Smith (knee) doesn't have a timetable to return, so Stuckey could be able to score in the high teens the rest of the way with little else.
Apr 12 - 1:06 AM


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