July 10, 2020, 6:13 pmLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard's role greatly increased in year three with the Pistons, as he grew into a top-100/101 per-game player (8-cat/9-cat) on the back of 15.8 points, 4.1 assists, 2.6 treys and .893 shooting from the line.
The Pistons were ready to hand the reigns to Kennard, and he was able to deliver when healthy. However, he only appeared in 28 games, which is reflected in his 252/248 total value (8-cat/9-cat). Kennard should be fully healed form bilateral knee soreness when next season arrives, but even if one projects him taking on a larger offensive role for the Pistons, it's difficult to target him before the later rounds with so many injury questions surrounding him. Moreover, nonexistent steal (.4) and block (.2) averages limit the upside to be found in Kennard.
July 10, 2020, 6:04 pmDerrick RosePG, Detroit Pistons
Derrick Rose was a pleasant fantasy surprise this season, posting a career-high .490 field goal percentage, alongside .871 shooting from the line, 5.6 assists and 18.1 points per game.
If Rose could ever find a way to do anything else besides scoring, assists and percentages he would be on his way to early-round value in fantasy, but he has settled into a nice role as the starting point guard for the Pistons. Still just 31 years old, Rose was a top-81/96 per game player (8-cat/9-cat), and was often selected at the end of 12-team drafts. Rose stayed relatively healthy this season, and as long as that's the case next year, he should be all set for a repeat performance. The Pistons will likely add a young guard with promise to the roster, but Rose should have a good chance to retain the starting job.
July 10, 2020, 5:50 pmChristian WoodPF, Detroit Pistons
After being stashed in anticipation, Christian Wood lived up to expectations when given the opportunity, setting himself up as a popular target as he enters free agency.
As a sub for 50 games, Wood averaged 10.9 pts, 5.5 rebs, .7 asts, .7 3-pointers, .9 blks and .5 stls. Those numbers leapt off the boxscore over a dozen games as a starter, 21.9 pts, 9.4 rebs, 2.3 asts, 1.7 3-pointers, .8 blks and .8 stls. The jump from 18 to 34 mpg naturally helped these advances, but Wood proved he is a worthy mid-round asset when given the chance. He could very well return to Detroit and do similar things as a starter next to Blake Griffin, just as Andre Drummond did for several seasons, but he is bound to have a number of suitors this offseason. Wood can do it all from a fantasy perspective, and a full season as a goto option with the Pistons could produce a top-40 campaign.
July 10, 2020, 5:31 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown saw his workload jump to 28.2 mpg and the results largely followed, as Brown posted 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists over 58 games.
Brown is capable of doing a little bit of everything and serves as a worthy fill-in whenever the usual stars are unavailable for the Pistons. Injuries hounded Blake Griffin and Luke Kennard, and the departure of Andre Drummond also opened up more chances for Brown to emerge. For a rebuilding franchise like the Pistons, Brown figures to be a regular piece of the rotation next season, and if he focuses on improving his shooting from deep (.344 on 1.7 3PTA) he could look like a 12-team asset if the Pistons fail to make offseason additions.
July 10, 2020, 5:21 pmLangston GallowaySG, Detroit Pistons
Langston Galloway had a serviceable campaign as an off the bench scorer for the Pistons, finishing as a top-204/175 per-game player (8-cat/9-cat).
Over 25.8 mpg, Galloway put together 10.3 points and two 3-pointers with little else for the offensively-inept Pistons. His 3-pointer sharpened to a career-best .399 percent on 5.0 attempts. He's not the most exciting fantasy option, but in deeper formats, Galloway is a reliable end of the roster guard. His role is likely to decrease as he enters free agency and could depart Detroit this offseason.
Svi MykhailiukSF, Detroit Pistons
Kendrick NunnPG, Miami Heat
Kendrick Nunn did not attend the Heat's initial practice inside the Orlando bubble on Friday.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
Bam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo was not present during the Heat's first practice inside the Orlando bubble on Friday.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
Thon MakerC, Detroit Pistons
July 10, 2020, 3:36 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin was one of fantasy's worst values in 2019-20, finishing as a top-250/315 per-game player (8/9-cat) and bottoming out as a top-360/380 player in total value despite an ADP inside the top-45.
Griffin dealt with left knee problems on and off throughout the season and could only make 18 appearances. He was sapped of some athleticism and was limited even when he took the court, ending up with 28.5 mpg after topping 32.5 mpg in every other season of his career. Griffin also averaged a seven-year low with 13.9 shot attempts per night and shot an disastrous .352 from the field, including .243 from deep despite taking 6.2 triples a game. He's now the keystone player of a team that badly needs a rebuild, with a serious history of injuries to boot. Griffin can be a dynamic, top-50 player when he's on, but he'll be hard to trust over the course of a full season. Hopefully this extended layoff gives Griffin, who underwent left knee surgery in January, time to fully recover for next year.