Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Henry Ellenson scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds in America's victory over Uruguay in the World Cup qualifiers on Friday.

Ellenson was 4-of-7 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. He added one steal and an assist. 2018-19 will be an important season for Ellenson, as he needs to make significant strides to prove to the Pistons that he can be an important piece of the franchise's future.
Source: USAB.com
Sep 15 - 9:23 AM

Glenn Robinson III said he's jumping as high as he did in college, and recently touched 12 feet, two inches.

Coach Dwane Casey called GR3 at 12:01 when free agency started, so that explains why the two sides came to terms on July 1. Robinson also mentioned that he likes how the Pistons will spread their offense out more, and he expects to be a defense-first player at the three. If Stanley Johnson can't get it going again, maybe Robinson III can find himself getting minutes in the 20s consistently.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 13 - 11:43 AM

Coach Dwane Casey reportedly plans on having Blake Griffin bring the ball up the court more often.

Griffin was never able to get fully comfortable in Detroit last season after the Clippers traded him to the Pistons in February. However, Detroit feels new coach Dwane Casey can put him positions to maximize his prodigious talent. It appears that may include having Griffin bring the ball up the floor on occasion and trigger the offense. "Griffin is a very impressive player," said Casey. "He can put the ball on the floor. We don't have to talk about the athleticism, how he scores. I think he's going to have a real big year. He told me this is the first summer he wasn't nursing any injury."
Source: M Live
Sep 1 - 11:20 AM

Reggie Bullock is expected to remain in the starting lineup next season under new coach Dwane Casey.

Bullock started 52 games for the Pistons last season and posted career highs in minutes played, points, rebounds, assists, field-goal percentage and shooting percentage. Over his final 30 games of the season, Bullock averaged 14.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.6 treys. Bullock has a chance to crack the top-100 overall in 2018-19 if he improves slightly next season. He's an intriguing later-round sleeper.
Source: M Live
Aug 18 - 1:48 PM

According to Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, Jon Leuer (knee) is expected to be ready by the season opener and the Pistons are "cautiously optimistic" that he will be ready by the start of training camp.

Leuer underwent right knee surgery on August 9th due to an injury that occurred during an offseason workout. He has continuously been battling the injury bug over the last year. Leuer missed all but eight games in 2017-18 due to a variety of injuries, including season-ending ankle surgery in January. It's good news that he should be ready for the start of the season, but he's still untrustworthy and not on the fantasy radar in standard leagues.
Aug 18 - 11:37 AM

Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press said that Stanley Johnson and Glenn Robinson III both have a chance to play "major minutes."

Johnson and Robinson III are expected to compete for the starting small forward role in training camp, but both players also have a path to minutes as small-ball fours with Jon Leuer undergoing knee surgery. Ellis adds that the Pistons are definitely open to playing Johnson and Robinson III alongside each other, so that's something to keep an eye on with training camp just around the corner.
Aug 12 - 10:03 AM

Jon Leuer (right knee surgery) will be re-evaluated in September.

He had surgery back on Aug. 9 and wasn't given a timetable. The Pistons aren't sure if Leuer will be ready for training camp, so this could hurt his chances for playing time. He was expected to be the first big off the bench prior to this news, so his injury presents a chance for Henry Ellenson to make a case for a role. The Pistons may even give Stanley Johnson a shot as a small-ball four.
Aug 12 - 9:55 AM

Henry Ellenson said he's "obviously" working more on his shooting.

Even after making just 33.3 percent from deep last year and struggling in Vegas, Ellenson could find himself an opportunity in camp. Jon Leuer (knee) had surgery, and coach Dwane Casey likes to put shooters out there after his Raptors ranked fourth in spot-up possessions. If Ellenson can improve on his shot change with his guide hand, he could be the eighth or ninth man in the rotation.
Aug 11 - 5:18 PM

Jon Leuer underwent right knee surgery on Thursday due to an injury that occurred during an offseason workout earlier in the week.

Poor kid can't catch a break. 2017-18 was a nightmare for Leuer, as he missed all but eight games due to a variety of injuries, including season-ending ankle surgery in January. It's currently unknown if Leuer will be ready for training camp next month, but he is no longer on the fantasy radar.
Aug 9 - 1:55 PM

Andre Drummond said he is making at least 200 corner 3-pointers every day this summer.

Over the course of his six-year career, Drummond is just 5-of-30 (16.7 percent) from behind the arc. However, it appears that will change starting next season. "I make at least 200 corner 3s every day before I leave the gym. I'm getting them up. I'm getting the same shot up over and over again, so I'm getting more comfortable with it. It's been great so far," said Drummond. "It's something the coaches and I talked about it." We have seen centers such as Brook Lopez and Marc Gasol extend their range dramatically in just one season. If Drummond can add a consistent 3-point shot to his arsenal, his fantasy value would spike.
Aug 3 - 10:35 AM

Johnny Hamilton has agreed to a training camp deal with the Pistons.

Hamilton suited up for the Pistons' Summer League squad, churning out averages of 4.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 swats per contest in just 12.7 minutes per game. If he impresses at camp, he might be able to snag a regular-season roster spot as the team's third-string center. He won't be a fantasy factor, though.
Aug 1 - 10:37 AM

Andre Drummond said he has dropped about 20 pounds this summer.

Drummond said he is down to 285 pounds due to a change in his diet and lifestyle. "In the previous years, it was kind of feeling it out to get my body in tiptop shape," said Drummond. "Last year was the first year I really found what it took to get my body to where it needed to, and that’s a plan I’ve stuck with." Drummond had a strong start last season, but his assist numbers really tallied off once Blake Griffin arrived, which dropped him to fourth-round status.
Jul 31 - 1:03 PM

Henry Ellenson said he hopes to "fill the role" of Blake Griffin off the bench and "do the same things he does."

He's done a couple workouts with 15-time All-Star big man Kevin Garnett this summer as well as completely changing his shot, moving his guide hand from the top of the ball to the side. Ellenson believes in new head coach Dwane Casey and his staff saying, "I think they are going to give me a chance. They’re working with me." He'll undoubtedly be coming off the bench and will probably share minutes with Jon Leuer, but his minutes should go up from his 8.7 per game last year.
Jul 28 - 11:35 AM

Khyri Thomas has signed a contract with the Pistons.

The 38th pick had a decent summer league, averaging 9.5 points a game. Thomas plays a much bigger role on the defensive end, winning two-time Defensive Player of the Year in the Big East while at Creighton. He'll come off the bench and be sharing playing time with Reggie Bullock, Stanley Johnson and Luke Kennard.
Jul 25 - 4:24 PM

The Pistons have exercised their team option on Reggie Bullock.

It was a no-brainer for Detroit with Bullock slated to earn $2.5 million. Bullock averaged career-highs in points (11.3), rebounds (2.5), assists (1.5) and treys (2.0) last season, but things are more complicated this year with the Pistons adding Glenn Robinson III, Khyri Thomas and Bruce Brown on the wings.
Jul 16 - 12:12 PM


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