AUBURN HILLS – And so it’s about at this point every summer – after the draft, after the dam bursts on free agency, after the flurry of trades engaged in by teams left with needs not met by those first two windows of opportunity – when I am inevitably asked, in various ways and countless
AUBURN HILLS – A quick scan of the transactions summary suggests the Pistons accomplished what was arguably Stan Van Gundy’s most critical off-season goal: improved 3-point shooting. Avery Bradley and Langston Galloway each shot 39 percent from the 3-point arc last season, which would have tied for best mark on the Pistons. Luke Kennard hit
Questions about the backcourt – Avery Bradley’s likelihood of staying with the Pistons beyond this season and Reggie Jackson’s likelihood of returning to form – top the agenda in the latest edition of Pistons Mailbag. Adam (St. Petersburg, Fla.): Is it the Pistons’ intent to re-sign Avery Bradley next year? Langlois: That’s a safe assumption.
AUBURN HILLS – Since the NBA went to a 13-man active list during the lockout season of 2011-12 and kept it when coaches strongly endorsed the idea, Pistons coaches have rarely had to agonize over the identity of the two inactives for each game. There have almost always been young second-round picks like Spencer Dinwiddie,
AUBURN HILLS – It wasn’t easy to see a path that led Reggie Bullock back to the Pistons, but he suspected there would be one. “I was actually confident in returning,” Bullock said after re-upping last week as the Pistons put the finishing touches on their roster with him and another familiar face, Anthony Tolliver.
AUBURN HILLS – The Pistons upgraded at shooting guard by any reasonable assessment in adding Avery Bradley, an elite defender who shot 39 percent from the 3-point line and averaged 16.2 points despite playing alongside ball-dominant Isaiah Thomas in Boston. They’ve upgraded even more significantly at the other backcourt spot – without making any roster
AUBURN HILLS – It took Avery Bradley less time than contained in one NBA 24-second possession to dispel any fears Pistons fans might have had about the attitude he’ll carry with him to his new home. “I told my wife the other day, it’s perfect timing. I feel like we’re rebuilding our team and the
AUBURN HILLS – Stan Van Gundy is among the majority of coaches when it comes to managing his rotation. But he’s trying to push himself into the minority. That’s the perception, at least, gleaned from his response to a question posed earlier this week in a discussion about the merits of newly signed center Eric
Anything happen since our last Mailbag? Why, yes, yes it did. On with Mailbag… Kevin (Farmington Hills, Mich.): I’m flummoxed. Can you please give us a rational explanation on why Aron Baynes signed – for less money than he turned down – with Boston after all the hoopla on why he left Detroit. Langlois: Good
Galloway: 14.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg with a true shooting percentage of .510. By that measure – and, yes, statistics don’t paint a complete picture – Caldwell-Pope and Galloway are virtually the same player. True, Caldwell-Pope played 33.3 minutes a game to Galloway’s 20.2 and it’s always possible, likely even, that a player’s per-minute