|Team Ranking||PTS/G||OPP PTS/G|
|Central Division||101.3 (5th)||102.5 (2nd)|
Wed Mar 22
|L 117 - 95||at CHI|
Fri Mar 24
|L 115 - 87||at ORL|
Mon Mar 27
|L 109 - 95||at NY|
Tue Mar 28
|L 97 - 96||MIA|
Thu Mar 30
|W 90 - 89||BKN|
Fri Mar 31
|L 108 - 105||at MIL|
Wed Apr 5
|L 105 - 102||TOR|
Fri Apr 7
|W 114 - 109||at HOU|
Sun Apr 9
|W 103 - 90||at MEM|
Mon Apr 10
|L 105 - 101||WAS|
Wed Apr 12
|L 113 - 109||at ORL|
Caldwell-Pope's suspension stems from his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence back in March. A restricted free agent this offseason, Caldwell-Pope is expected to garner significant interest around the league, but the Pistons ultimately reserve the right to match any offer he receives. Despite the lottery selection of fellow sharpshooter Luke Kennard on Thursday, it's anticipated that Detroit will exercise its right to keep KCP, even though he'll now be forced to sit out the first couple games next season. Just 24 years old, Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 three-pointers on 35 percent shooting from deep last season.
Kennard is great shooter and gives the Pistons a weapon off the bench that should help improve their 28th overall three-point percentage from last season. While Caldwell-Pope is still expected to start, if Kennard can produce at a high-level, it may lead the Pistons to some difficult decisions next offseason when KCP will be a restricted free agent.
Kennard was a breakout star during his sophomore season at Duke, leading the team with 19.5 points per game. He's not the most athletic prospect in the draft -- although his footwork is bar none -- but the 6-6 guard gives the Pistons a solid three point shooter (43.8 percent), which they surely need of after finishing No. 28 in the league in three-point percentage last season. While it's unlikely Kennard will start over Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the rookie should provide a giant scoring spark off the bench.
Drummond (nose) has been cleared to start working on his conditioning but hasn't participated in any contact drills since his sinus surgery, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Drummond underwent surgery to repair a deviated septum -- an injury he suffered in college -- in early May. It's seemingly still healing, considering the lack of contact work. There's currently no timetable for a return to full basketball activity, though it's probably safe to assume that he'll be good to go for training camp.
Baynes revealed Monday that he would decline his $6.5 million player option for 2017-18 and become an unrestricted free agent in July, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
The Pistons began planning for Baynes' departure last summer, when the club signed Boban Marjanovic to a three-year, $21 million contract. Marjanovic primarily worked as the third-string center until the final few games of the season, when Baynes was phased out of the rotation as the Pistons looked to assess their longer-term assets. Baynes, who averaged 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game over 75 appearances last season, isn't likely to find a starting role no matter where he lands, but he should see a decent spike in salary given the rising cap and weak market for reserve centers.
|2016-17 Team Leaders|
|PPG||Tobias Harris , SF||16.1|
|RPG||Andre Drummond , C||13.8|
|APG||Ish Smith , PG||5.2|
|FG%||Andre Drummond , C||53|
|FT%||Tobias Harris , SF||84.1|
|3P%||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope , SG||35|
|BLOCKS||Andre Drummond , C||89|
|STEALS||Andre Drummond , C||124|
|MPG||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope , SG||33.3|
|Full Team Statistics|