Player News - Pistons

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Coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters that he was unsure when Reggie Jackson (ankle) would return to game action.

Next Tuesday will mark two months since Jackson suffered his Grade-3 right ankle sprain. He was initially projected to miss 6-8 weeks, but it sounds like Jackson "might need a few more weeks." He has shed his walking boot but has not yet been cleared to practice with the team. "I don’t have any preconceived notion at all of when he’ll be back," Van Gundy said on Wednesday. "When (the team doctors) tell me he’s back, he’s back." Ish Smith will continue to start at point guard, with Jameer Nelson backing him up.
Feb 17 - 12:11 PM

Blake Griffin shot just 4-of-10 from the field for 13 points on Wednesday, but all of his makes were 3-pointers and he chipped in 12 rebounds and nine assists.

Griffin said after Detroit's loss on Monday that his team looked "tired," but they bounced back tonight against a short-handed Hawks team playing the second of back-to-back games. Blake turned the ball over six times and was also 1-of-3 from the FT line, so owners will have to take the good with the bad. Chalk it up to the learning curve of joining a new team mid-season.
Feb 14 - 10:03 PM

Ish Smith led Detroit with 22 points and nine assists on Wednesday, making 8-of-13 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs with four rebounds and two steals.

Smith also had just one turnover in 33 minutes and he helped limit the Hawks to 42.7% shooting tonight, which has been a weak spot for the Pistons lately. This was Smith's best performance since Feb. 3 and he heads into the break on a high note, even if this came against a decimated Hawks team playing without Dennis Schroder. If you're holding him, just remember that Reggie Jackson (ankle) could be back in by March.
Feb 14 - 10:02 PM

Luke Kennard was back in the rotation on Wednesday, going 2-of-7 from the field for five points, two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes.

Langston Galloway overtook Kennard for the backup SG job on Monday, but it didn't go well. Stan Van Gundy is tweaking his backcourt rotation on a nightly basis these days, as he tries to conjure productive minutes from an underwhelming group of guards. There's no reason to touch Kennard in re-draft leagues.
Feb 14 - 10:01 PM

Jameer Nelson played 15 scoreless minutes on Wednesday, going 0-of-5 from the field with two assists and no other stats.

With the arrival of Jameer Nelson, the Pistons are juggling a crowded backcourt with starters Ish Smith and Reggie Bullock, as well as Luke Kennard, Langston Galloway and Dwight Buycks. Even if Nelson does hold off those guys for minutes, he'll eventually face the pinch of Reggie Jackson (ankle) returning.
Feb 14 - 10:01 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said that Reggie Jackson (ankle) is "starting to do some light basketball work, but there's still no timetable for his return."

Initially, when Jackson was first injured back in late December, he was given a 6-8 week timetable. Thus, there was some hope he'd be back after the All-Star break. However, it now appears that we won't see R-Jax on the floor until the beginning of March, at the earliest. Ish Smith will continue to start at point guard, with Jameer Nelson backing him up.
Feb 14 - 12:31 PM

Reggie Bullock hit 4-of-13 shots, 1-of-4 3-pointers and 5-of-5 free throws for 14 points, four rebounds and one assists in 30 minutes of Monday's 118-103 loss to New Orleans.

Bullock has been playing very well for a few weeks now and was coming off a pair of 19- and 20-point games. He didn't shoot it very well tonight and hasn't had a steal in four straight games, but is still hot enough to be picked up in almost any league. He's now played at least 30 minutes in 10 straight games.
Feb 12 - 9:45 PM

Anthony Tolliver hit 2-of-7 shots (both 3-pointers) for six points and two rebounds before fouling out of Monday's loss to the Pelicans in just 18 minutes.

Tolliver had been playing well for a few weeks coming into this one, but he got a heavy dose of Anthony Davis tonight. He's been trending down and may have bottomed out tonight, but there's also a chance he could bounce back against the Hawks on Valentine's Day. Either way, you can probably find a more reliable player on your waiver wire than Tolliver.
Feb 12 - 9:41 PM

Andre Drummond hit 4-of-12 shots and 5-of-8 free throws for 13 points, 21 rebounds, a steal and a block in Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

Drummond has been a rebounding monster for a few weeks now, as this was his fifth 20-rebound game over his last 11 played. The Pelicans actually started Emeka Okafor to help deal with Drummond and Blake Griffin, and the plan appears to have worked since New Orleans got the 118-103 win. The Pistons have finally cooled off, losing three straight after winning five straight after acquiring Griffin.
Feb 12 - 9:38 PM

Langston Galloway was a healthy DNP-CD on Sunday.

Galloway's backup role was usurped by Jameer Nelson tonight, although coach Stan Van Gundy said afterward about his rotations, "I don't know we'll stay that way." The Pistons' backup PG spot has been rotating since Reggie Jackson (ankle) went down and there's no reason to rely on Galloway, Nelson or Dwight Buycks.
Feb 11 - 7:51 PM

Jameer Nelson made his Pistons debut on Sunday with six points on 3-of-7 shooting, five assists and two rebounds in 19 minutes.

"[Nelson] had a good practice [Saturday] and even tonight he made some good passes," Stan Van Gundy said after the game. "The ball movement is a little better. I don’t know that we’ll stay that way, though." Nelson bumped Langston Galloway from the rotation and it's a situation to monitor in deep leagues, but most fantasy owners won't be impacted.
Feb 11 - 7:50 PM

James Ennis made 5-of-7 shots to score 14 points in his Pistons debut on Sunday, adding four rebounds, two steals, one assist and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

Ennis gives the Pistons some welcome depth on the wing, but there's no clear-cut fantasy value here. If anything, he's more of a threat to Stanley Johnson and Luke Kennard. Ennis can be left on the wire in the vast majority of formats.
Feb 11 - 7:50 PM

Stanley Johnson played only 20 minutes on Sunday, scoring eight points with one rebound one steal and two 3-pointers.

It's not a coincidence that James Ennis also made his Pistons debut tonight -- Ennis actually wound up playing more than Johnson despite coming off the bench. If you picked him up in deeper leagues, it can't hurt to wait a few games and see how Detroit's rotations shake out, but Johnson's limited upside makes him a cut candidate in shallower leagues.
Feb 11 - 7:47 PM

Blake Griffin scored 23 points on 7-of-21 shooting Sunday, to go with six assists, seven boards, three 3-pointers, one steal and two turnovers in 34 minutes.

Griffin has really struggled to get his 3-point shot to drop over the past two games, connecting on 23.5% of his long-range bombs over that two-game span, but that's not a trend we'd expect to hold as he's been connecting on 32.9% of his attempts from distance on the year. Griffin did have a funny moment in the game, in which he bounced the ball of Dennis Schroder's head (link below), which resulted in a technical. Griffin argued he was tossing the ball to the ref, but it didn't look like it.
Feb 11 - 7:03 PM

Ish Smith's hot streak came to an end on Sunday, as he went just 1-of-4 from the field on his way to two points, seven assists and five turnovers across 29 minutes.

Smith really struggled in this one, at one point getting benched in favor of Jameer Nelson with the game on the line, but he's also prone to the occasional dud. We'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance on Monday against the Pelicans.
Feb 11 - 6:58 PM


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