Detroit Pistons

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  • Luke Kennard
    SG, 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 reings 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 (0.4) and block (0.2) averages limit the upside to be found in Kennard.

  • Derrick Rose
    PG, 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.

  • Christian Wood
    PF, 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, 0.7 ASTS, 0.7 3PTS, 0.9 BLKS and 0.5 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 3PTS, 0.8 BLKS and 0.8 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.

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, 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.

  • Langston Galloway
    SG, 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 Mykhailiuk
    SF, Detroit Pistons

    Svi Mykhailiuk made solid progress during his sophomore campaign with the Pistons, registering as a top-230/234 per-game player (8/9-cat).

    After seeing 42 games during his initial season with the Pistons, Mykhailiuk was a key piece of the rotation in year-two over 56 games, averaging 22.6 mpg and posting nine points and 2.1 3-pointers on .404 shooting from deep. His development as a long-range shooter, and from the free-throw line (.814) indicates a player that is going to make a living from deep as long as he is in the league. As a starter over 27 games, Mykhailiuk upped his production to 11.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.6 treys and one steal during 28 mpg. It's nothing flashy, but he was on the cusp of being a top-200 player (8/9-cat) for total season value.

  • Thon Maker
    C, Detroit Pistons

    Thon Maker's fourth season in the NBA went the same way as his prior campaigns, as his potential went untapped while averaging 12.9 mpg for the Pistons.

    Maker's raw production is promising for fantasy purposes, as he is a rare center that brings blocks, 3-pointers, and a respectable steal rate to the table. Nonetheless, he has never seen more than 17 mpg and saw his minutes decline for the third season in a row. If Christian Wood finds his way out of Detroit in the offseason it stands to reason that Maker could carve out a larger role for himself, especially if Blake Griffin were to succumb to injuries as he did for the majority of this season. Maker would still have to prove himself versus the likes of John Henson and Sekou Doumbuoya, but Maker would be a popular sleeper in standard leagues if he received a true workload. In his current role, Maker was just a top-335/336 per-game player (8/9-cat).

  • Blake Griffin
    PF, 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 a 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.

  • Sekou Doumbouya
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Sekou Doumbouya finished his first NBA season as a top-355/375 per-game player (8/9-cat).

    Doumbouya was a hot pickup after a run of strong games in January but the growing pains were real. After a three-game stretch where he totaled 52 points from January 11-15, Doumbouya would only hit double digits one more time all season, even falling out of the rotation so he could catch a break and continue to adjust to the speed of the NBA. We can't be too hard on him since he was the youngest player in the league and surrounded by very limited talent, but Doumbouya couldn't get any momentum even when Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond were out of the picture. He should be a centerpiece for Detroit moving forward and will be a fun name to track during draft season.

  • Jordan McRae
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Jordan McRae was putting together a solid season before a series of transactions took him out of rhythm.

    McRae opened the year with the Wizards, where he managed 12.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.4 triples in 22.6 mpg over 29 contests. He then moved on to four uneventful games with the Nuggets and reestablished himself with the Pistons, averaging 11.8 points in 24.5 mpg in the last four games of his campaign. All told, McRae delivered top-230/240 value in 8/9-cat leagues and should have solidified his place in the NBA going forward. Deep-league GMs can consider McRae a solid scoring option for their benches if he lands in the right spot.

  • Tony Snell
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Tony Snell was hardly an exciting fantasy asset but managed to plod his way to top-225/200 (8/9-cat) value in 2019-20.

    Snell averaged 8.0 points, 1.7 threes and 0.5 steals per game, soaking up 27.8 mpg and making 57 starts for a depleted Pistons team. While Snell won't be on anyone's draft lists next year, consider this a reminder that sometimes the best ability is availability, and that steady, boring contributors can help out in the long run.

  • John Henson
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    John Henson did his usual thing in 2019-20, swatting 1.1 shots per game and offering up deep-league specialist appeal.

    Henson finished just inside the top-250 as a per-game player, and the blocks were helpful considering he only played 15.0 mpg across his 40 games. He actually averaged 17.1 minutes in 11 games with the Pistons but saw his blocks decline to 0.9 per contest, though more minutes is always better for someone of Henson's stat set. Deep-league GMs can consider him a cheap source of blocks going forward, and this was a nice bounce-back year after he was limited to 14 games in 2018-19.

  • Brandon Knight
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Brandon Knight battled a few injuries in 2019-20 and finished the campaign averaging 7.3 points and 1.8 triples in 18.5 mpg.

    Knight also shot .353 from the field and an ugly (and out of character) .588 from the charity stripe, undoing what good he may have done for deep-league GMs. Knight hit the injury report with hamstring and ankle issues, but it was left knee soreness that kept him out for 13 games beginning in late January. If he can find an opportunity with large volume he may be a deep-league option for points and threes, but he shouldn't be on many draft lists next year after posting top-335/390 value this season.

  • Jordan Bone
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Jordan Bone was a top-490 fantasy player as a rookie, making 10 appearances and averaging 5.3 mpg.

    Bone was stuck behind a surprisingly deep guard rotation in Detroit, so he played sparingly even given the rotating injury woes of Reggie Jackson, Derrick Rose, Luke Kennard and Bruce Brown. Maybe next year affords him a great chance to earn a backup spot.

  • Khyri Thomas
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Khyri Thomas was able to play in eight games for the Pistons after missing three months with right foot surgery.

    Thomas went under the knife on November 13, 2019 and returned with a G League outing on February 22, 2020. He was able to crack the rotation right before the NBA stopped but only saw more than 10 minutes of run in three games. The former second-round selection should get a fair shake at earning a full-time spot next year given Detroit's impending rebuild.