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 Interested in 76ers’ Markelle Fultz
Detroit is reportedly eyeing a young point guard in preparation for the potential departure of Reggie Jackson via free agency following next season.
The report pointed out that in order to take on Fultz, the Pistons would have to move money around to avoid the luxury tax.
Pistons’ Ish Smith Out with Adductor Tear
After around 2 weeks, Smith will be re-evaluated, the team announced.
Smith has posted 9.2 ppg and 3.0 apg for Detroit this season.
Pistons’ Reggie Jackson Says Teams Takes Andre Drummond for Granted
Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson is heaping praise on his teammate, big man Andre Drummond, who he feels that the team often times takes for granted.
“I’d be lying if I said we didn’t [take Drummond for granted],” Jackson said, according to Vince Ellis of Detroit Free Press. “I think a lot of times we rely on him heavily for rebounds. On some nights when we get outrebounded, we’re solely looking for him to do it and not necessarily always helping him.”
“When you get a guy who over the last few years get around 14, 15 (rebounds per game), unfortunately it’s hard not to take him for granted, but we definitely appreciate him being the best (rebounder).”
Drummond is having a solid season, posting 18.9 points, 16.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
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