The Tolliver Effect: Returning vet ready to lead a new Pistons team

AUBURN HILLS – The Pistons had a relatively stable off-season, returning three starters and six of the top nine in minutes played in 2016-17. Compare that to the team pegged as Cleveland’s top challenger in the East, the Boston Celtics, who return only two of their top seven in minutes played. Another way to drive home the transitory nature of NBA rosters: Anthony Tolliver spent just one season away from…

September 19, 2017
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Bradley already showing signs of emerging as a Pistons leader

September 18, 2017

AUBURN HILLS – If it seemed like Avery Bradley was strangely upbeat for a player who’d just been traded by the East’s No. 1 seed to a team that had finished outside the playoff field at his July introduction to Pistons fans, there’s a reason for that. More than one, actually. First, Bradley had been forewarned by the Celtics that their free-agent agreement with Gordon Hayward could quite possibly trigger…

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Detroit Pistons and Platinum Equity Announce Mutli-Year Corporate Partnership

September 18, 2017

The Detroit Pistons and Platinum Equity today announced a multi-year corporate partnership that will include representation of the Platinum Equity logo on the basketball court at the new Little Caesars Arena and presence across Detroit Pistons social media platforms. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Platinum Equity joins a growing list of corporate sponsors signing on to join the Pistons basketball club in its move to downtown Detroit, including…

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Hard-charging Galloway eager to be pushed by SVG and help Pistons win

September 18, 2017

AUBURN HILLS – Yes, Langston Galloway was named for Langston Hughes. His mother chose it and plastered her son’s bedroom walls with Hughes’ poetry. Yes, “Dreams” was among them. Which helps explain why Galloway came out of St. Joseph’s in 2014 as a four-year starter – 132 out of 133 career games – who’d averaged in double figures every season and went undrafted yet wasn’t tempted by lucrative offers to…

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A more attuned Drummond key in pushing Pistons up NBA’s competitive ladder

September 15, 2017

(Editor’s note: Pistons.com today concludes a five-part series looking at the biggest questions looming over the Pistons as they prepare for training camp to open this month. Today’s question: Can Andre Drummond take the next step from fringe All-Star to become a dominant big man and the anchor of a playoff team at age 24?) Reggie Jackson’s health, Stanley Johnson’s development and a wholly expected boost to their 3-point shooting…

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A leaner, wiser Stanley Johnson ready to seize greater Pistons opportunity

September 15, 2017

AUBURN HILLS – Stanley Johnson is still surrounded by the same force field of confidence that accompanied him to the NBA, but there’s something a little different – a little wiser, a little more contemplative – about him now. He senses the same about his newly constituted team, which returns several key figures but has changed just enough over the off-season to recast the chemistry. “To come back here and…

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More, better 3-point shooting key to unlocking improved Pistons offense

September 14, 2017

(Editor’s note: Pistons.com today continues a five-part series looking at the biggest questions looming over the Pistons as they prepare for training camp to open this month. Today’s question: How much offensive improvement can the Pistons make after finishing 25th in rating last year and worse than that in 3-point shooting?) Becoming a better 3-point shooting team isn’t exactly as simple as amassing better 3-point shooters. But it’s a pretty…

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An open SVG heads to camp determined to find right Pistons lineup mix

September 13, 2017

(Editor’s note: Pistons.com today continues a five-part series looking at the biggest questions looming over the Pistons as they prepare for training camp to open this month. Today’s question: How successfully will Stan Van Gundy be able to implement his plan to go deeper into his bench and use players that produce matchup advantages?) He admits it goes against his past and probably against his instincts. But Stan Van Gundy…

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A fully healthy Jackson gives Pistons a chance to press reset button

September 12, 2017

(Editor’s note: Pistons.com today continues a five-part series looking at the biggest questions looming over the Pistons as they prepare for training camp to open this month. Today’s question: Will Reggie Jackson be the player he was before being shut down with an injured knee early last season and never recovering his form upon his return?) Remember the first day of training camp last season, media day, when Stan Van…

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Coming up to a crossroads season, Johnson in line for bigger Pistons role

(Editor’s note: Pistons.com today starts a five-part series looking at the biggest questions looming over the Pistons as they prepare for training camp to open this month. Today’s question: Is Stanley Johnson poised to pick up where his rookie season left off and play starter’s minutes?) Stanley Johnson was the top rookie in Orlando’s Summer League two years ago and scored 26 points against Indiana in 2015’s first preseason game….

September 11, 2017
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