April 24, 2018, 10:30 amLuke Kennard - SG - Detroit Pistons
Pistons want young players Luke Kennard and Henry Ellenson to gain strength in the offseason.
Stan Van Gundy's message to both players heading into the offseason was to get stronger as they have offensive promise but raise concerns defensively. After averaging 6.4 points in 18 minutes his first 54 games, Kennard capitalized on the opportunity and averaged 11.3 points in 26 minutes over the final 19 games of the season. His shooting has never been questioned and he was second among rookies in 3-point percentage (41.5 percent), behind only to Celtics’ Jayson Tatum (43.4 percent). Ellenson scored 13 and 14 points, respectively, in two of the first five games of the year but he didn't hit double figures again until the final four games. He appeared in 38 games and logged 10 minutes or more in only 14. It’s unclear whether Ellenson and/or Kennard will play in the Summer League.
Source: Michigan Live
April 17, 2018, 2:56 pmAnthony Tolliver - PF/C - Detroit Pistons
Pistons backup forward Anthony Tolliver would prefer to return to Detroit for the 2017-2018 season.
The Pistons have a tight cap situation so Tolliver may have to take less money to stay in Detroit. The backup big man was a major contributor this season and his 3-point shooting was vital to provide spacing for the big man duo of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. The 32-year-old hit 2.0 treys per game and finished top-180 in 22.2 minutes per game and would have a similar role if he ends up signing again. However, power forward Jon Leuer was injured most of the season and Tolliver originally left the Pistons in 2016 after they signed Leuer to a four-year, $42 million dollar deal. So the Pistons may not be able to afford enough money or a large enough role to Tolliver. The veteran has played for nine teams over his 10-year career so he will likely be looking for something long term as well.
April 12, 2018, 1:03 amAnthony Tolliver - PF - Detroit Pistons
Anthony Tolliver scored 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting (including four threes) with three rebounds over 27 minutes in the Pistons' loss to the Bulls on Wednesday in the season finale.
Tolliver was a pure backup for most of the year and then got loose late in the season when Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond started missing games. The late surge helped push his averages up to 8.9 points, 2.0 treys, 3.1 boards, 1.1 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.3 blocks in 22.2 mpg, good for top 180-210 value (9/8 cat) when he was on the floor. Because he was able to play in 79 games, it was a sneaky good top 140-160 finish.
April 12, 2018, 12:53 amEric Moreland - PF/C - Detroit Pistons
Eric Moreland set career-highs in both scoring (16) and rebounding (17) and also added four assists, four steals and four blocks over 41 minutes in Wednesday's season finale against the Bulls.
Moreland was a pure backup in Detroit and saw 12.0 mpg in 67 contests, and this is far and away the biggest performance of his career. If he can stay healthy and find a path to minutes he might have shown that he's capable of producing big man stats.
April 12, 2018, 12:48 amStanley Johnson - SF - Detroit Pistons
Stanley Johnson started and played 21 minutes in Wednesday's season finale against the Bulls, scoring 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds and two assists.
Johnson had back and hip issues that limited him to just 69 games and at the end of the season when a door appeared to open for him, he once again was not able to walk through it. He finished with identical finishes at No. 207 when on the floor in both 8- and 9-cat leagues, with averages of 27.4 mpg, 8.7 points, 1.0 threes, 3.7 boards, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals. The theft number is promising if he can shore things up elsewhere, but he'll have to do way better than 37.5 percent from the field.
April 12, 2018, 12:36 amReggie Jackson - PG - Detroit Pistons
Reggie Jackson scored seven points on 2-of-8 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds and 10 assists in Wednesday's season finale against the Bulls.
Jackson suffered a Grade 3 right ankle sprain that cost him most of 2018 and started the year recovering from knee tendinitis from the season before. He saw just 45 games of action and wasn't particularly effective, averaging just 14.6 points to go with 1.2 treys, 2.8 boards, 5.3 assists and 0.6 steals in 26.7 mpg. He brought back top 150-190 value (8/9 cat) when on the floor and split time with Ish Smith.
April 12, 2018, 12:29 amLuke Kennard - SG - Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard started and scored a career-high 23 points in Wednesday's season finale against the Bulls, hitting 8-of-14 shots (including three treys) with five rebounds, five assists and one steal in 31 minutes.
This is what silly season lines are made of and after a slow start, Kennard started to show he's not dead money and eventually finished with averages of 20.0 mpg, 7.6 points, 1.1 treys, 2.4 boards, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals. His 44.3 percent shooting from the field came on just 6.4 attempts per game, but a lot of times the opposite phenomena occurs so it's possible he maintains a solid shooting stat set (85.5 FT%). He produced top-250 numbers when on the floor.
April 12, 2018, 12:17 amHenry Ellenson - PF - Detroit Pistons
Henry Ellenson double-doubled off the bench in Wednesday's season finale against the Bulls, scoring 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including two threes) with 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes.
The big man is going to need a major change in body composition to be playable at the NBA level. He saw action in just 38 games and played just 8.7 mpg as he continues to trend toward draft bust.
April 12, 2018, 12:15 amJames Ennis - SF - Detroit Pistons
James Ennis saw 21 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's finale against the Bulls, scoring eight points with one assist and one steal.
Ennis showed some potential entering the league but has morphed into an empty stat set guy, averaging just 7.1 points with 0.7 treys, 3.1 boards, 1.0 assists and 1.0 combined steals and blocks in a healthy 22.3 mpg. It was good for just top 225-240 value (8/9 cat) when on the floor and in 72 games he was a top-200 plodder.