September 1, 2020, 11:28 amSekou DoumbouyaPF, Detroit Pistons
Pistons head coach Dwane Casey said that Sekou Doumbouya has caught his eye this summer with his diligence in the weight room and his ballhandling improvement.
The Pistons knew what they were getting when they made Doumbouya the youngest player drafted in June of 2019. The rookie’s first five starts saw him go head to head with Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Love again, exceeding all expectations by averaging 12.0 points and 5.9 rebounds on 49 percent shooting while holding his own defensively. There were plenty of highs and lows the rest of the way, including a 17-point outing in a Super Bowl Sunday win over the Nuggets, when the season abruptly ended in March. Casey planned a rigorous and well-rounded summer apprenticeship for the French forward but the Pistons have had to adjust to pandemic restrictions that still to this day limit them to individual work with a single coach per player. As much promise as Doumbouya showed as a rookie, they know he has miles to go to reach his immense potential, but from what they’ve seen from him this summer, he’s got a real shot to do so.
July 10, 2020, 3:32 pmSekou DoumbouyaPF, 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.
March 11, 2020, 3:41 pmJohn HensonPF, Detroit Pistons
As expected, John Henson will sit out of Wednesday's contest vs. the Sixers as he continues to deal with a sprained left ankle.
Head coach Dwane Casey told the media on Tuesday that he expects Henson to miss some time with his most recent injury. Henson has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career and has lost fantasy relevance this season with his most recent injury. Thon Maker and Sekou Doumbouya should continue to see more minutes while Henson is sidelined. Christian Wood will continue to be the stud in the Pistons' frontcourt moving forward.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 10, 2020, 3:34 pmJohn HensonPF, Detroit Pistons
Coach Dwane Casey said that John Henson (left ankle sprain) will "miss some time" after being forced to exit Sunday's loss to the Knicks early.
Henson has seen a steady role of late, but he becomes a cut candidate without a concrete timetable. In his absence, Thon Maker and Sekou Doumbouya should once again see added opportunities in the frontcourt.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
March 4, 2020, 6:42 pmSekou DoumbouyaPF, Detroit Pistons
Sekou Doumbouya (right lower leg soreness) will face the Thunder on Wednesday.
As expected, Doumbouya is healthy enough to take the floor. He is still a ways away from fantasy rosters as he is sitting outside of the top-300 so far this season.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
March 3, 2020, 6:23 pmThon MakerC, Detroit Pistons
Thon Maker (right ankle sprain) and Sekou Doumbouya (right leg soreness) are being listed as probable ahead of Wednesday's game against the Thunder.
John Henson has been seeing an increase in minutes lately which has affected both Maker and Doumbouya's floor time. Maker was playing great a few weeks ago, so he is worth keeping an eye on to see if he can pick his play back up.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 28, 2020, 11:47 pmSekou DoumbouyaPF, Detroit Pistons
Sekou Doumbouya played 20 minutes on Friday night, notching six points, three rebounds and a steal.
Doumbouya has yet to earn the trust of the coaching staff, and while it's possible that he breaks out in silly season there's just not enough there to make him more than a luxury hold right now. The upside remains tantalizing and the minutes he does earn this year will benefit him down the line, but it's tough to project him as more than a deep-league asset over the next few weeks as things currently stand.
February 27, 2020, 8:53 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown Jr. is questionable for Friday's game against the Suns with left knee soreness.
The knee held Brown out in Tuesday's game as well so we'll see if he can step back in and produce his underrated lines again. Rookie teammate Sekou Doumbouya is probable with a right calf strain.. Brown has held late-round value this year but we're waiting for Doumbouya to do something with his minutes. He isn't viable in fantasy leagues right now.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 20, 2020, 9:32 pmSekou DoumbouyaPF, Detroit Pistons
Sekou Doumbouya was largely unproductive in a team-high 34 minutes on Thursday, scoring just eight points to go with five rebounds and three assists.
Doumbouya got a ton of run in this blowout loss to the Bucks and this could be foreshadowing for the upcoming games as the Pistons have nothing to play for. Unfortunately, he didn't produce much here but we have to assume he's going to get more looks. He should be a good volume producer if he gets playing time at this rate.
February 6, 2020, 2:34 pmJohn HensonPF, Detroit Pistons
John Henson has been traded to the Pistons along with Brandon Knight and a second round pick according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.
It's pretty shocking that a contending team couldn't top this offer from the Cavs for the league's best rebounder. Nevertheless, Henson joins a front court where he will compete with Christian Wood, Thon Maker, Markieff Morris and Sekou Doumbouya for minutes. Wood is the biggest winner in this deal, while Henson could emerge as a blocks specialist.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
February 5, 2020, 9:31 pmChristian WoodPF, Detroit Pistons
Christian Wood saw 32 minutes of action off the bench and finished with 21 points (7-14 FG), eight rebounds, one assist and a steal on Wednesday.
Wood continues to deliver when he gets the opportunity. Even though he came off the bench, he saw more more minutes than the starter, Sekou Doumbouya. Doumbouya only played 16 minutes and finished with five points, two rebounds, one assists and one steal.
February 5, 2020, 6:25 pmMarkieff MorrisPF, Detroit Pistons
Markieff Morris will miss Wednesday’s tilt vs. the Suns as he continues to recover from a body illness.
Wednesday will mark Morris’ third straight absence. There has been a lot of speculation revolving around the veterans on the Pistons and Morris has drawn interest from several contenders. Continue to monitor the wire as the deadline approaches. Christian Wood, Sekou Doumbouya and Thon Maker will continue to see more minutes on Wednesday with Morris sidelined.
Source: Rod Beard on Twitter
February 3, 2020, 11:57 pmSekou DoumbouyaPF, Detroit Pistons
Sekou Doumbouya may have shot 2-for-5 from deep on Monday, but he missed all 10 of his 2-point shots on his way to a six-point, seven-rebound, one-assist, two-steal performance in 26 minutes.
It's a tough reminder that even though exciting young players like Doumbouya might be getting big minutes and usage, they can still be a detriment to fantasy teams. He had three turnovers in addition to the inefficiency in this one. Better days are certainly ahead for the relatively raw rookie. And it's not just rookies that can sink your field goal percentage as Reggie Jackson reminded us on Monday with his 1-for-16 shooting display.
February 2, 2020, 3:29 pmSekou DoumbouyaPF, Detroit Pistons
Sekou Doumbouya returned to the starting lineup on Sunday after getting a DNP-CD on Friday, notching 17 points, five rebounds and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
Dwane Casey said that Doumbouya sat on Friday just to give him time to take a breath, and it was clear that Doumbouya was starting to get a bit overwhelmed in the midst of his slump. It looked to have done the trick for one day at least, and though Christian Wood is still the better stash among Detroit frontcourt players, there's a not-insignificant chance that Doumbouya becomes a difference-maker down the stretch.
January 31, 2020, 10:03 pmSekou DoumbouyaPF, Detroit Pistons
Sekou Doumbouya was not used in Friday's game as the Raptors soundly beat the Pistons in Detroit.
Coach Dwane Casey has been know to do this and unless an injury update pops up, we don't really know why he didn't play tonight. He was a hot pickup when Blake Griffin went down indefinitely, but his performances have not warranted fantasy ownership so far this season. He's sitting outside the top-300 on the season in 22 games.