Thomas, Brown carry resumes that give them a shot to scrap for minutes as rookies

June 22, 2018

AUBURN HILLS – For all the elation in Ed Stefanski’s eyes as he talked about a draft that produced Khyri Thomas and Bruce Brown despite taking only the 42nd pick into the night, it’s probably fair to guess the Pistons aren’t penciling either one into Dwane Casey’s rotation just yet. That’s the reality of being picked 38th and 42nd. “They’re going to have to show they’re good enough to get…

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Pistons double up, come out of draft night with Thomas, Brown to bolster wing depth

June 22, 2018

AUBURN HILLS – The Pistons went into Thursday’s draft with the No. 42 pick and came out of it with two versatile wings many thought would be picked in the first round. Take a bow, Ed Stefanski. The cost to get the No. 38 pick from Philadelphia was two future second-round picks, the Pistons using that spot to draft Khyri Thomas of Creighton, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year…

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Detroit Pistons Acquire Draft Rights to Khyri Thomas and Select Bruce Brown Jr. in the 2018 Draft

June 22, 2018

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ­– The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club has acquired the draft rights to Khyri Thomas, 38th overall, from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for two future second-round picks and selected Bruce Brown Jr. with the 42nd pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.    Thomas, 6-3, 210 from Creighton University, averaged 15.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals last season as a junior.  He…

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Casey checked every box for Tom Gores – and Gores conducted a thorough inventory

June 21, 2018

DETROIT – Tom Gores didn’t enlist Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson to pick their next coach. But he did solicit their ideas about the qualities they believed would give their next coach the best chance to succeed. And that might have been as important as anything else in the process that wound up delivering Dwane Casey to the Pistons. “I did consult with them, (though) they weren’t making…

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Casey comes out swinging: ‘We’re not 2 or 3 years away. We want to win now’

June 20, 2018

DETROIT – If you expected Dwane Casey to tamp down expectations at his public unveiling, you guessed wrong. Like, you were off by a mile. “Our time is now,” he said, ticking off the marquee names of the roster – Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson. “I’m not afraid to say it. We’re not developing. We’re not two or three years away. We want to win now.” If Casey’s introductory…

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Pistons Mailbag – June 20, 2018

June 20, 2018

What will Dwane Casey’s impact be on the Pistons roster and what can the front office do this off-season to improve it are among the hot topics in this week’s edition of Pistons Mailbag. Ken (Dharamsala, India): How do you think Dwane Casey will handle Stanley Johnson? Johnson has great athleticism and he is a tough man in the paint defensively. If he could only hit the ground with a…

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For locals Maten, Matthews, it comes full circle with a final Pistons workout

June 19, 2018

AUBURN HILLS – In another year or two, the prospects the Pistons bring to town for draft workouts will have no memory of their 2004 NBA championship or even the run of six consecutive conference finals made by the Goin’ to Work gang. So Yante Maten and E.C. Matthews, among the presumed last group of six worked out by the Pistons in advance of Thursday’s draft, are an endangered species….

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Second-Round Candidate: Malik Newman

June 18, 2018

ID CARD: 6-foot-3¼ guard, Kansas, sophomore, 21 years old DRAFT RANGE: Ranked 47th by ESPN.com; 54th by SI.com; unranked by NBA.com SCOUTS LOVE: Shooting range and speed in transition are Newman’s best traits. A five-star recruit generally regarded as a top-10 player in his class, Newman stayed home in 2015 to attend Mississippi State. While he enjoyed relative success for a freshman – Newman averaged 11.3 points in 28 minutes…

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Second-Round Candidate: Landry Shamet

June 15, 2018

ID CARD: 6-foot-5¼ point guard, Wichita State, sophomore, 21 years old DRAFT RANGE: Ranked 49th by ESPN.com; 50th by SI.com; 11th among guards by NBA.com SCOUTS LOVE: His 3-point shot is Shamet’s carrying tool. His agent calls him the best shooter in the draft and Shamet exudes boundless confidence in his shooting ability. As the rare top-100 recruit to Wichita State, Shamet was on track to contribute behind the Fred…

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