Ellenson is not expected to be in the regular rotation to begin the season, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Casey discussed his wing and big man rotation after Monday's practice and implied that Ellenson, a former first-round pick, likely won't see significant minutes. The Marquette product has struggled to find his footing in Detroit since entering the league in 2016, and he played only 10 combined minutes over the team's final three preseason contests. Expect the combination of Stanley Johnson, Glenn Robinson III and Jon Leuer to handle the bulk of the minutes at power forward when Blake Griffin rests. "With either Glenn at the four or Stanley at the four, we may give up a little rebounding but they've got to guard our guys at the other end, whether it's shooting or attacking the rim," Casey said. "We have to be versatile and be ready for today's NBA."
Ellenson recorded 11 points (4-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six rebounds, and three assists in 29 minutes during Friday's 117-93 loss to the Spurs.
Ellenson played well in a spot start at power forward with Blake Griffin (rest) receiving the night off. Through two seasons the 21-year-old forward has averaged 8.3 minutes per game in 57 appearances, but he has made strides in the G League and during the summers. As a result, it's possible this will be the first year in which Ellenson is a regular fixture in the team's rotation.
Ellenson will pick up a second straight start with Blake Griffin (rest) getting the night off. The 21-year-old big man produced just four points and two rebounds across 18 minutes during Wednesday's exhibition opener.
Ellenson produced just four points, two rebounds, and one steal in 18 minutes during Wednesday's 97-91 preseason victory over Oklahoma City.
Ellenson was moved into the starting lineup for the resting Blake Griffin but failed to deliver from both a fantasy and reality perspective. Despite being given the starting nod, things do not bode well for the third-year man out of Marquette and he will only hold value in the deepest of formats.
The Pistons surprisingly opted to keep Blake Griffin (coach's decision) sidelined for this one, which allows Ellenson to get the call with the top unit. Considering fellow big man Jon Leuer (knee) is also sidelined, Ellenson should see a significant amount of work Wednesday.
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