|Team Ranking||PTS/G||OPP PTS/G|
|Central Division||102.0 (3rd)||101.4 (3rd)|
Fri Apr 1
|L 98 - 89||DAL|
Sat Apr 2
|W 94 - 90||at CHI|
Tue Apr 5
|L 107 - 89||at MIA|
Wed Apr 6
|W 108 - 104||at ORL|
Fri Apr 8
|W 112 - 99||WAS|
Tue Apr 12
|L 99 - 93||MIA|
Wed Apr 13
|W 112 - 110||at CLE|
Sun Apr 17
|L 106 - 101||at CLE|
Wed Apr 20
|L 107 - 90||at CLE|
Fri Apr 22
|L 101 - 91||CLE|
Sun Apr 24
|L 100 - 98||CLE|
Ellenson signed a rookie contract with the Pistons on Tuesday, MLive.com's David Mayo reports.
Ellenson, the No. 18 overall pick in the June draft, concluded a five-game stint in the Orlando Summer League earlier this month, during which he averaged 12.4 points (on 31% shooting from the field) and 7.4 rebounds in 29.4 minutes per game. The Pistons selected Ellenson with the belief that he'll eventually develop into a prototypical stretch four, but because his stroke from downtown remains fairly inconsistent, it's unlikely that he'll be a regular in the rotation as a rookie. With Marcus Morris, Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer all capable of manning the power forward spot, Ellenson figures to instead spend significant time honing his craft in the D-League this season.
Coach Stan Van Gundy said last Friday that Hilliard (back) is a couple weeks away from resuming basketball activities, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Hilliard suffered a back injury in late June that prevented him from suiting up in the Orlando Summer League, and he's still trying to recover from the setback. The Pistons appear confident that he'll be healthy for training camp, but missing out on summer league play certainly hurts the second-year wing after he was limited to just 38 regular-season appearances as a rookie.
Coach Stan Van Gundy said Friday that Brown could remain on the roster as the
Brown is under contract for $1.01 million in 2016-17, but his deal won't become fully guaranteed until January, giving the Pistons some flexibility in the event they have interest in a free agent point guard available for the veteran's minimum. In the event nobody on the open market stands out, it appears the Pistons are comfortable proceeding with Brown as their third point guard behind Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith. Brown averaged 14.2 points (on 53.1% shooting from the floor), 3.6 steals, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30.2 minutes per game across his five summer league appearances.
Like Baynes, Marjanovic began his career with the Spurs before joining the Pistons, but the 7-foot-3 Serbian is still a relative NBA neophyte compared to Baynes, who was serviceable while stepping in at center last season when franchise cornerstone Andre Drummond needed a breather, averaging 6.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game. While Marjanovic was more productive of the two on a per-minute basis in 2015-16, Baynes isn't on the trade block and should enter the coming campaign second on the Pistons' depth chart. Rather than challenging Baynes for playing time this season, Marjanovic's signing instead looks to be a hedge by the Pistons against Baynes opting out of his contract for 2017-18 and becoming a free agent next summer, which seems like a virtual certainty.
Hilliard ended up missing the summer league with the injury, but the encouraging medical results suggest that he shouldn't be too limited during his offseason preparation. The 23-year-old wing will look to etch out a bigger role for the
|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|
|Full Team Statistics|
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