- Little Caesars Arena
|0||C||6' 11"||279||08/10/1993 (26)||6|
|7||C||7' 1"||221||02/25/1997 (22)||2|
|27||C||6' 11"||270||02/10/1984 (35)||15|
|23||PF||6' 10"||250||03/16/1989 (30)||8|
|35||PF||6' 10"||214||09/27/1995 (23)||2|
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|12||PG||6' 1"||170||11/01/1990 (28)||4|
|19||SF||6' 8"||205||06/10/1997 (22)||0|
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|21||SG||6' 7"||213||11/10/1991 (27)||5|
Last season, Detroit Pistons power forward Blake Griffin dealt with a knee injury that limited his availability at the end of the season and the beginning of the playoffs, which led Griffin to have knee surgery in the offseason. The surgery wasn't expected to keep Griffin out of any offseason activities, and Tuesday's announcement that he's resumed light basketball activities keeps Griffin on track to be a full go for the 2019-2020 season. Knee injuries are definitely something to be concerned over, but as long as Griffin is able to take the court when the season opens, his usage on this Pistons team will make him a strong fantasy basketball option next season. There's injury risk, but Griffin's upside is undeniable.
The Detroit Pistons have signed veteran power forward Markieff Morris. The Pistons starting frontcourt of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond is due to take up most of the minutes there, however, Morris should fill in across the forward/center lines throughout the year. He used to play a little bit of small forward and could potentially fill-in there too when Detroit wants to go massive. Morris took a step back last season as a neck injury cut into his year and possibly hampered his play but could be due for a bounce-back if fully healthy. He's not someone to target in most fantasy drafts and should be an occasional streamer at best.
With John Wall expected to miss most of the season and Tomas Satoransky heading to Chicago, the Washington Wizards had a hole to fill at point guard. Theyll fill it with free agent guard Ish Smith, who played 56 games off the bench for the Pistons last year, averaging 8.9 points per game and 3.6 assists while shooting just 32.6 percent from three. Smiths an unexciting option and even in a bigger role, hes not expected to do too much statistically. The last time Smith was the starter for most of a season was the 2015-2016 campaign, when he averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 assists, and 4.0 rebounds. Those are decent numbers and make Smith someone worth a late round fantasy pick, but his shooting struggles mean that hell hurt you in certain fantasy builds.
Free agent shooting guard Wayne Ellington has agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with the New York Knicks. Ellington bounced around last season after being traded to Phoenix then bought out and signing with the Detroit Pistons. Ellington provides invaluable three-point shooting, but his role is yet to be determined with the new-look Knicks. Still, wherever Ellington lands, he has been able to carve out a role as a three-point specialist. The same can be said in fantasy, as he does not offer much outside of threes.
Detroit Pistons shooting guard/small forward Luke Kennard shifted back to the bench on Monday in the Game 4 loss to the Bucks. Kennard chipped in 11 points on 5-for-11 shooting and added two steals with a block in 32 minutes of action. Kennard was one of the few bright spots this postseason for the Pistons, averaging 15.0 points and 4.0 rebounds on 48.9 percent shooting from the floor in the four games and is definitely going to be a late-round pick in all formats next season, with some great promise for the young shooter.