• 2019-2020 Detroit Pistons Season Recap to date

    2018-2019 Record                 Home Record               Road Record

            41-41                                     26-15                            15-26

    2019-2020 Record                 Home Record               Road Record

             20-46                                     11-22                            9-24

    Fun Facts for the season

    -Despite playing his last game for the Pistons before Christmas of 2014, Josh Smith has been counting against their cap for the last five seasons at a annual rate of $5.33M (2020 is the last season that he is on their books)

    -The Pistons used 32 starting lineups across 66 games so far this season and their most commonly used starters went 4-3 in seven opportunities: Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin, Tony Snell, Luke Kennard & Bruce Brown

    -Christian Wood finally broke out from a fantasy perspective after the team decided to change course and move on from long-time starter Andre Drummond, as Wood produced 3rd/3rd round per-game value in 13 games after Drummond left town

    -Blake Griffin’s season was derailed by injury, as the former All-Star produced per-game value outside of the top-250 while his ADP according to Yahoo! was 40th overall.

    -The Pistons were one of the worst teams from a fantasy perspective as they finished the season with only one player inside the top-100 from a total value perspective and every other team in the NBA had at least one player who finished higher than Detroit’s top performer: Christian Wood (8th/7th round total value), though Drummond would’ve been there if not for the trade

    For a closer look at how the season has gone, be sure to check out our Season So Far series. The Pistons’ entry can be found right here.

    Rosterable in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)

    -Derrick Rose (7th round/9th round)

    -Luke Kennard (9th round/9th round)

    -Christian Wood (11th round/10th round)

    Showed flashes of fantasy value in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)

    -Christian Wood (3rd round/3rd round after Feb 7)

    -Bruce Brown (11th round/14th round after Feb 7)

    Rosterable in standard points leagues

    (This is Yahoo’s standard scoring system, we’ll be using them as a reference for the rankings but obviously things will be different in your league if you use a custom scoring format or play on ESPN/CBS/Fantrax)

    -Luke Kennard (7th round)

    -Derrick Rose (9th round)

    Flashes of value in standard points leagues:

    -Christian Wood (3rd round after Feb 12)

    -Brandon Knight (10th round after Feb 12

    -Bruce Brown (11th round after Feb 12)

    Predicting standard league relevant players for 2020-21 season

    -Christian Wood (all formats)

    -Luke Kennard (all formats)

    -Derrick Rose (all formats)

    -Blake Griffin (all formats)

    Potential for standard league value for 2020-21 season

    -Bruce Brown (8 cat)

    Upcoming Notable Free Agents

    -Christian Wood (unrestricted)

    -Tony Snell (player option of $12.18M for 2020-21 season)

    -Svi Mykhailiuk (team option for $1.66M for 2020-21 season)

    -John Henson (unrestricted)

    -Jordan McRae (unrestricted)

    -Langston Galloway (unrestricted)

    -Thon Maker (restricted)

    -Brandon Knight (unrestricted)

    Key Additions

    -John Henson (acquired via trade)

    -Brandon Knight (acquired via trade)

    -Jordan McRae (claimed off waivers)

    -Blake Griffin (return from injury)

    Key Departures

    -Andre Drummond (traded to Cavs)

    -Reggie Jackson (waived)

    -Markieff Morris (waived)

    Upcoming Draft Picks

    -2020 first round pick

    -2021 first round pick

    -2021 second round pick (via Los Angeles Lakers)

    -2022 first round pick

Fantasy News

  • Andre Iguodala
    SF, Miami Heat

    Andre Iguodala returned to South Florida after living in California since the NBA season was suspended.

    Iguodala returning to the market where his team is could mean that he believes team workouts will begin soon. However, there is no official timetable on when team workouts will begin and Jimmy Butler has yet to return to Miami.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Zach LaVine
    SG, Chicago Bulls

    K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bulls were cleared by the Governor of Illinois and are in talks with city officials to open practice facilities on Friday for voluntary workouts that would follow the NBA guidelines.

    The NBA's guidelines currently state that a maximum of four players are allowed in the facility at any given time and there can only be one player per hoop. The Bulls are currently eight games behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls may not play again this season given how far behind they are in the standings and the recent reports of proposals to not continue the regular season.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Marc Stein of the New York Times has reported that the Mavs plan to open their practice facility on Thursday.

    This news would make the Mavs the 23rd team to have their facilities open for "voluntary and socially distanced player workouts". Continue to monitor the wire as we should learn more about the potential of the league resuming in early June.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    On Tuesday afternoon, AmicoHoops reported (via Twitter) that an unidentified NBA GM told them the league has seriously discussed resuming the current NBA season on Wednesday, July 22.

    Nothing has been officially announced, by any means, and this is the first we've heard of specific target date(s) from anyone. It's looking like the continuation of the season will occur in Orlando at Walt Disney World at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, which has accommodations for at least some of what the NBA has planned for a resuming activity. As we have relayed numerous times recently, the next week or two seem to be a likely window for some decisions from Adam Silver and Co. at the NBA league office to start to come down. Stay tuned, hoops fans.

    Source: AmicoHoops on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard announced on Tuesday evening that, in the event of a continuation of the NBA season, he would not be participating if the Blazers are scheduled to play 'meaningless games' with no shot at making the playoffs.

    "If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team. But I'm not going to be participating," Lillard told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday morning. It's hard to blame him, as it is quite easy to see the potential situation from his point of view. There have been countless scenarios tossed around by the league office during the pandemic period, but nothing is set in stone so far. Lillard, for his part, is only interested in returning to action if there exists a legitimate shot for his Blazers to reach the NBA Finals. Fair enough.

    Source: Yahoo! Sports

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    The Sixers, who have their practice facility located in nearby Camden, NJ, will allow voluntary player workouts at the facility beginning on Wednesday, raising the number of NBA teams who have been able to do so to 22.

    The Celtics, Knicks, Bulls, Pistons, Wizards, Mavericks, Spurs and Warriors are the final teams remaining who are unable to return to their practice facilities. The NBA seems to be inching ever so close to, at the very least, announcing a plan for a continuation of the current season. This next week or two should be very eventful on that front.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Clint Capela
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Hawks GM Travis Schlenk indicated on Tuesday that Clint Capela (right heel, plantar fasciitis) could very well play in the event of an NBA restart.

    "Clint [Capela] says he's feeling better, and there's a possibility that we can get him back on the court," Schlenk said in a phone interview with ESPN. "Practicing and playing five games would be valuable to us." Capela has yet to see the floor for the Hawks since he was acquired at the deadline from the Rockets, and one would have to surmise that he would be under a heavy minutes restriction if the league resumes and if the Hawks deem him healthy enough to give it a go. Still two big "ifs," but this is obviously positive news for the Hawks and potentially for fantasy owners who have managed to stash Capela in an injury slot this long.

    Source: ESPN.com

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Magic center Mo Bamba said on Tuesday that he's spent the quarantine period bulking up, self-proclaiming that he's put on close to 30 pounds of muscle.

    Bamba said of his time off, ""I’ve worked my tail off during this quarantine. This is going to sound weird, but I put on probably about 28 pounds since quarantine (started)." He laughed and added that only about 2.5 percent of the weight he's put on is body fat. Bamba, along with many other NBA players, "can’t wait to get back out there and work" which is a great sign for the Magic and their fans. Jonathan Isaac is becoming more and more of a potential option for the team when/if the season is resumed as the days pass, so his presence would limit Bamba's chances on the offensive end of the floor. The team has yet to decide whether or not they want to play Isaac at all the rest of the season, regardless of the rumblings about a restart from the league office. However, this bulk-up on Bamba's part is nonetheless pretty impressive and is certainly noteworthy.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Terry Rozier
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets are the latest team to re-open their facilities, with the Novant Health Training Center set to open up on Tuesday.

    With this, there are only eight teams left to open their practice courts back up, though nobody has been able to engage in any sort of team work yet. Individual workouts are better than no workouts, however, and the league appears to be getting its ducks in a row in terms of returning to play. There's still no firm timelines but things do appear to be heading in the right direction.

    Source: Charlotte Hornets

  • Jon Leuer
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Jon Leuer has announced his retirement from basketball.

    Injuries completely destroyed Leuer's career, as he played in a combined 49 games over the previous two seasons with zero appearances in the 2019-20 campaign. Leuer's high point came with the Suns, where he averaged 8.5 points to go with 5.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and a 38.2 mark from deep. His eight-year career comes to an end, with Leuer saying that his body simply won't let him play at a high level anymore.

    Source: Jon Leuer on Instagram