Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy is working at molding his team into a defensive force.
It doesn’t take much analysis to come to the conclusion that Van Gundy is dedicated to the defensive side of the ball this year.
Yesterday I wrote about Van Gundy’s desire to see Andre Drummond become a defensive force like Los Angeles Clippers’ center DeAndre Jordan.
Now, Van Gundy is raising expectations for Stanley Johnson on defense.
“I think now we have a chance to become an elite defensive team and Stanley’s a huge part of that,” Van Gundy told Keith Langlois of NBA.com.
“And then I think it’s for him to really find his offensive game and it takes some guys some time.”
Johnson’s build suggests that he can be a defensive stalwart in the NBA considering his height, build and footwork.
Van Gundy wants to see him take the next step in his defensive development.
“Whether he’s starting or coming off the bench, his primary role will be to guard the best forward or a big two guard every night,” Van Gundy said.
“Avery (Bradley) will take on the challenge of guarding the best guard every night and then Andre (Drummond) will take on more responsibility as a defender and that’s our way to becoming an elite defensive team.”
Pistons Expected To Pick Up Option on Reggie Bullock
According to the Detroit News’ Rod Beard, the Pistons are expected to pick up a $2.5 million team-option on shooting guard Reggie Bullock.
Bullock had a solid 2017-2018 campaign, ranking 2nd in the league in 3-point shooting, shooting 44.5% behind the arc and 53.6% from the field while averaging 11.5 points per game.
Pistons Hire Dwane Casey, Sign Him to 5-Year Pact
Casey, 61, owns a 373-307 career record in parts of nine seasons with Toronto and Minnesota, and was fired last month after leading the Raptors to a 59-23 regular season record, and a #1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Pistons Likely To Hire Dwane Casey
The Detroit Pistons are closing in on their next head coach, as the team is likely to name former Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey to take the helm in Detroit, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Earlier on Tuesday, Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein, who had interviews for the Pistons job, announced that he is choosing to stay at Michigan, pulling out of consideration for the Pistons gig.
Casey met with team owner Tom Gores on Tuesday and an announcement seems imminent.
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