|Team Ranking||PTS/G||OPP PTS/G|
|Central Division||102.0 (3rd)||101.4 (3rd)|
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Jackson is nursing some knee tendinitis and will be limited during training camp, Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Jackson won't be held out of camp drills entirely, with Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy clarifying that the point guard will simply just practice once per day. It's likely that the Pistons are just resting Jackson for maintenance purposes rather than expressing legitimate concern about his injury, so expect him to be ready to take on a full workload by the time the season arrives. Jackson should once again serve as the Pistons' top scorer in 2016-17 after averaging a team-leading 18.8 points per game last season.
Hilliard (back) will be restricted to one practice per day during training camp, Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports.
By all indications, Hilliard has fully recovered from the lower-back strain that ailed him for much of the summer, so the Pistons are just exercising some caution by limiting his practice time. He's still expected to suit up during preseason games and open the regular season as an available option off the bench. While coach Stan Van Gundy has mentioned a desire to get more minutes from his bench this season, it appears as though Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock would be first in line to see their respective roles expand.
It appears that Brown's familiarity with coach Stan Van Gundy's offense is conferring him the early advantage in the job battle, but he's far from a safe bet to keep McCallum at bay. Both players are on non-guaranteed contracts, so the roster spot will likely come down to whichever point guard performs better during camp.
Hilliard suggested earlier this week that he's fully recovered from the lower-back injury that limited him for much of July and August, Pistons.com's Keith Langlois reports. "I think it helped my body. It helped my mind, for sure," Hilliard said, in reference to the time off he had to recover from the injury.
Hilliard had been dealing with chronic pain in his lumbar region heading into the summer and was ultimately diagnosed with a small fracture in his lower back. The injury prevented him from picking up some meaningful devleopment time in summer league, but with a strong training camp, Hilliard can put himself in contention for a larger role off the bench in 2016-17 after he saw only sparse minutes as a rookie. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy has stated a desire to reduce the minutes loads for starting wings Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris this season, potentially paving the way for Hilliard, Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock to see more time.
Jovanovic signed a contract with the
After leaving USC early as a junior, Jovanovic went undrafted in June, but was able to latch on with Lakers' summer league team. He didn't provide much production during that time, however, averaging 2.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in under seven minutes per game. Despite that underwhelming showing, the 6-foot-11 big man will get a token shot at a roster spot with the Pistons, but it's highly likely he's just being evaluated for a spot with the team's D-League affiliate in Grand Rapids.
|2015-16 Team Leaders|
|PPG||Reggie Jackson , PG||18.8|
|RPG||Andre Drummond , C||14.8|
|APG||Reggie Jackson , PG||6.2|
|FG%||Andre Drummond , C||52.1|
|FT%||Reggie Jackson , PG||86.4|
|3P%||Marcus Morris , PF||36.2|
|BLOCKS||Andre Drummond , C||112|
|STEALS||Andre Drummond , C||119|
|MPG||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope , SG||36.7|
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