Detroit Pistons Depth Chart 2019 Pistons Depth Chart

26-30, 9th in East Central

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12:30 am GMT, 2/23

The Pistons made major changes late last season to rework their looks upfront. The team traded Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris for the rights to Blake Griffin. Griffin is a compliment to Andre Drummond. This is a similar approach the team took a few years ago when running the Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe combination. This experiment would slowly fizzle out and would cause the team to feature one of these two on the court at a time. The Griffin addition does not hold these same conditions. Griffin can work outside the post, so Drummond can still call this region home. Griffin excels in driving and shifty movements to get open shots. The Stanley Johnson experiment continues to unfold. Johnson spent much of the last two seasons going against the grain to obtain playing time. The management team worked him through summer leagues, off the bench, and starting roles. He sees a heavy amount of court time no matter where he enters the lineup, but a pairing with Griffin and Drummond should severely limit his amount of time needed in paint support. The team will also look to emerge a point guard competition between Reggie Bullock and Ish Smith. The two will share starts and minutes, a move both seem to have been comforted by last season.

Offense Depth Chart

Point Guard PG
Shooting Guard SG
Power Forward PF
Power Forward PF
Point Guard PG
Shooting Guard SG

Top 3 Pistons Depth Chart Questions

A: Can the back-up big men answer the bell?

Q: Drummond and Griffin are usage freaks. Both get busy on the defensive and offensive ends, lending a high level of conditioning needed for top performance. Their relief options include Zaza Pachulia, Henry Ellenson, and Jon Leuer. Pachulia was a character signing more than he is constant player. He might see 10-15 minutes per contest, while Leuer and Ellenson will be the extended relief options. Leuer has proven an effective contributor off the bench, while Ellenson is still trying to find his way.

Q: What will the team do with Henry Ellenson?

A: The team has placed their faith in Ellenson on many different occasions and he has been hit or miss. Some of his game scores make him look like one of the league's top forwards, while others fail to recognize his presence on a given night. His off-season work has placed heavy constraint on finding the areas of his game that are lacking and drilling them through and through. It may be time to cut ties will this young talent if it doesn't pay dividends in 2018-19.

Q: How will the team increase their shooting percentages?

A: This Pistons roster is limited in their range. Kennard is a pure shooter that ranks near the top of the league in field goal percentage, but this is his only element of contribution. Reggie Bullock isn't as consistent as Kennard, but he also isn't afraid to put the ball on the court. There has to be some trade off between the two to keep a shooter in the lineup, no matter the combination of players or in-game situation.