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The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club will honor and retire jerseys for Ben Wallace and Chauncey Billups during the 2015-16 season. Wallace will be honored during a halftime ceremony on Saturday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m. when the Pistons host the Golden State Warriors at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Billups will be honored during a halftime ceremony on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. when Detroit squares off against the Denver Nuggets at The Palace.

“Our franchise has an extraordinary history and it’s important that we recognize the players who not only achieved great things, but also helped define what it means to be a Piston,” said Pistons Owner Tom Gores. “Chauncey Billups and Ben Wallace are legends in Detroit and we are excited to honor their success.”

Gores said Wallace and Billups both embodied the spirit and determination of the Detroit community.

“While we celebrate their individual accomplishments, it was their selflessness that helped make them so special,” said Gores. “They showed up every day willing to work and sacrifice for the good of the team. They put winning above all else and in the process inspired a generation of Pistons fans.”

Wallace, acquired by Detroit from the Orlando Magic in 2000, spent nine seasons with the Pistons collecting NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors four times (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006) and was named a NBA All-Star four times (2003-06). Wallace was an All-NBA Second Team selection three times (2003, 2004, 2006), All-NBA Third Team selection twice (2002 and 2005) and an NBA All-Defensive First Team selection five times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006). During his first stint with Detroit (2000-06), the Pistons made the playoffs in five of the seven years, winning Eastern Conference Championships in 2004 and 2005 and the NBA Championship in 2004. Wallace is the franchise’s all-time leader in regular-season and playoff blocks (1,486 and 215, respectively) and ranks first among Pistons’ all-time playoff leaders in rebounds (1,237). He holds franchise single-game records for blocks in a game (10 – twice), defensive rebounds in a quarter (10) and blocks in a quarter (6). In 655 games with the Pistons, Wallace averaged 6.6 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.5 assists in 32.6 minutes per game.

“We celebrated many great accomplishments during my years in Detroit and to be recognized for my contributions in this way, I’m honored,” said Wallace. “I look forward to sharing this experience with all the fans who supported me throughout my years as a Piston.”

Wallace, a 6’9, 240-pound center went undrafted in the 1996 NBA Draft and spent time with Washington, Orlando, Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland. Wallace recorded 10,482 rebounds during his career, becoming one of only 37 players and the only undrafted player (Moses Malone was drafted in the 1974 American Basketball Association Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers in the ABA Dispersal Draft in 1976) in NBA history to record 10,000 rebounds. He is also one of only 10 players in NBA history to record 10,000 rebounds and 2,000 blocks and is the shortest player at 6’9 to record 2,000 career blocks. Overall, in 1,088 career NBA games, Wallace averaged 5.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.3 assists in 29.5 minutes per game.

Acquired as a free agent in 2002, Billups’ eight-year career in Detroit was highlighted by back-to-back Eastern Conference Championships and two NBA Finals appearances in 2004 and 2005. He was named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player during the Pistons NBA Championship season in 2003-04 when he averaged 21.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists in five games vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. The Denver, CO native was named an NBA All-Star three times with Detroit, All-NBA Second Team (2006), All-NBA Third Team (2007) and All-NBA Defensive Second Team (2005, 2006). In 482 games with the Pistons, Billups averaged 16.5 points, 6.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 31.6 minutes per game.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Detroit Pistons organization in this manner,” said Billups. “This is a franchise with great history and tradition. To be recognized amongst the all-time great players in team history is special and I look forward to celebrating the achievements, memories and great times we shared together.”

Billups, a 6’3, 210-pound guard, nicknamed “Mr. Big Shot” for his knack of hitting big shots in close games during his playing days, was drafted with the third overall pick by the Boston Celtics in the 1997 NBA Draft. During his 17 seasons in the NBA, he spent time with Boston, Toronto, Denver, Minnesota, Detroit, New York and L.A. Clippers, and collected five All-Star appearances. He was also awarded the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2008, the NBA Sportsmanship Award in 2009 and the NBA Teammate of the Year Award in 2009. Overall, Billups played in 1,043 career NBA games and averaged 15.2 points, 5.4 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 steals in 31.6 minutes per game.

Here’s Michigan Live reporting on the Detroit Pistons point guards, who did something impressive yesterday against the Minnesota Timberwolves:

No turnovers for Pistons point guards vs Timberwolves

It wasn’t really perfect. There just weren’t any imperfections in the category reserved for imperfections.

Reggie Jackson played 28 minutes and Spencer Dinwiddie 20 minutes for the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. The two point guards combined for 24 points and seven assists.

And they did not commit a turnover, which was central to the Pistons’ 96-86 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

It was the first turnover-free game by Pistons point guards this season.

Pistons visit Warriors tonight

Here’s the Detroit News reporting on the 5-1 Pistons, who visit the 7-0 Golden State Warriors tonight:

After the Pistons had their best quarter, a 41-11 advantage in taking a comeback win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night, their thoughts quickly turned to the next challenge.

In a difficult back-to-back situation, the Pistons get a shot at the defending-champion Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on Monday night. Following their 120-103 victory over the Blazers for a 5-1 start — their best since 2007-08, they’ll have a true measuring-stick game to gauge where they stand with their hot start.

Golden State is the NBA’s lone unbeaten team left at 7-0, coming off a 103-94 victory over Sacramento on Saturday night.

Here’s Michigan Live reporting on a big Pistons comeback win that featured monster performances from point guard Reggie Jackson and center Andre Drummond:

Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson go wild, Pistons now 5-1

What will be remembered back home as a Detroit Pistons comeback not soon to be forgotten is simply a meltdown here.

The Portland Trail Blazers had no answers in a fourth quarter when they were outscored 41-11 and lost 120-103 to the Pistons, so it is to be expected they had few answers afterward.

“Well, it was a shame we threw away three good quarters of basketball but Detroit obviously outplayed us in the fourth quarter,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Their defense picked up and we had a lot of turnovers that either they caused, or were self-inflicted.

“Hand it to them, being down … they kept playing and obviously we didn’t handle it very well. We’ve got to learn from it and move on.”

Andre Drummond had 29 points and 27 rebounds, and Reggie Jackson scored 26 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter for Detroit.

Jodie Meeks out 12-16 weeks after foot surgery

The Detroit Pistons announced today that guard Jodie Meeks underwent a surgical procedure last evening to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Meeks is expected to miss the next 12-16 weeks and will be re-evaluated throughout the rehabilitation process.

New Pistons help out on Day 1

It’s a long season, and nobody should jump to any wild conclusions at the start for the season. Certainly not after just one day of games.

But it was certainly a good start for the Pistons, who won on the road against the Hawks last night. And some key new Detroit squad members played a big role in the victory.

More here: New Pistons players step up in NBA opening night win.

SVG sounds off

You don’t want Stan Van Gundy mad at you.

Why? Not sure, exactly. Let’s not worry about that right now. Just stay focused on the topic: A mad SVG.

Is he very mad? Not particular. Just a little.

Here’s why: Stan Van Gundy no fan of back-to-back NBA games


Pistons wave Danny Granger

Pistons wave Danny Granger

The Detroit Pistons have requested waivers on forward Danny Granger, who used to have serious NBA game but is now mostly an afterthought. Injuries messed him up.

Granger, 32, was acquired from the Phoenix Suns along with Marcus Morris and Reggie Bullock on July 9, 2015, in exchange for a 2020 second round draft selection.

The 10-year NBA veteran, who has appeared in 586 regular season games (431 starts) with the Indiana Pacers (2005-14), Los Angeles Clippers (2013-14) and Miami HEAT (2014-15), owns averages of 16.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 31.5 minutes per game.

The Detroit Pistons have exercised team options on the contracts of guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and forward Reggie Bullock.

In two seasons with the Pistons, Caldwell-Pope has appeared in 162 games (123 starts) averaging 9.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in 25.7 minutes per game. He led the team in 3-pointers made (153), total minutes (2,587) and minutes per game (31.5) last season. Caldwell-Pope was named to the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star 2015. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard was selected by Detroit in the first round (#8 overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft.

Bullock was acquired by Detroit on July 9 from the Phoenix Suns. He appeared in six preseason games with the Pistons and averaged 10.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 19.3 minutes per game. Drafted by the Clippers with the 25th overall selection in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, Bullock owns career averages of 2.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 9.3 minutes in 79 games.

Pistons waive Ryan Boatright

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has requested waivers on guard Ryan Boatright.

A 6’0”, 170-pound guard, Boatright went undrafted out of Connecticut in the 2015 NBA Draft and signed with the Pistons on October 23. In four preseason games with the Brooklyn Nets, Boatright averaged 4.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 13.9 minutes per game.

The Detroit Pistons have requested waivers on forward Cartier Martin, guard/forward Adonis Thomas and center Jordan Bachynski.

Martin signed with the Pistons as a free agent on August 18, 2014. In 23 games with Detroit, he averaged 1.6 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 8.6 minutes per game. In 243 career NBA games (15 starts) with Charlotte, Golden State, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago and Detroit, Martin has averages of 5.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 13.8 minutes per game. The 6-foot-7, 220 pound forward played professionally in Turkey (2007-08), Italy (2009) and China (2011-12) and also played in the NBA Development League with the Iowa Energy (2008-09), (2009-10), (2012). Martin went undrafted in the 2007 NBA Draft out of Kansas State University.

Thomas was signed on July 23, 2015 after spending last season with the Grand Rapids Drive, the Pistons’ NBA Development League affiliate. In one preseason game with the Pistons, he recorded two points and one assist in 10 minutes. Thomas spent two seasons in the D-League, where he averaged 18.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 85 games with the Grand Rapids Drive and the Springfield Armor. He’s seen action in six career NBA games with Orlando and Philadelphia during the 2013-14 season and averaged 2.3 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists.

Bachynski was signed to the training camp roster on September 28. In two preseason games, he totaled six points and one rebound in six minutes. The 7-foot-2, 248-pound center split time last season between the Westchester Knicks of the NBA’s Developmental League and Eskisehir Basket of the Turkish Basketball League. Bachynski played collegiately at Arizona State and went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Here’s Michigan Live reporting on what is fortunately a fairly minor Pistons injury:

Small, nagging injuries have been a recurring theme for the Detroit Pistons in the precursor to the regular season.

Well, they’re apparently not over.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was ruled day-to-day by the team Wednesday with a sore left foot after exiting in the first quarter of Detroit’s 99-94 preseason loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

The Pistons’ starting shooting guard limped off the court with 1:59 remaining never to return. X-rays came back negative, confirming no break in the bone, and head coach Stan Van Gundy said he’ll undergo an MRI on Thursday.

Here’s the Detroit Free Press with an update on the Pistons, whose roster includes an intriguing rookie that has a shot at starting but for now appears likely to come off the bench as a reserve:

Stanley Johnson may come off bench for Pistons

The starting lineup you see tonight against the Charlotte Hornets — with Ersan Ilyasova and Marcus Morris at the forward spots — likely is the grouping that coach Stan Van Gundy will roll with when the Detroit Pistons open the regular season Tuesday at the Atlanta Hawks.

That means the people’s champion — rookie small forward Stanley Johnson — probably will start the season coming off the bench.

Van Gundy cited veteran presence and size as part of his reasoning for going with the 6-10 Ilyasova and 6-9 Morris.

Here’s the Detroit Free Press reporting on a player who is trying to solidify himself in the league, and currently making the most of preseason:

Barring something unforeseen, Reggie Bullock will be on the Detroit Pistons’ opening-night roster.

Bullock has scored a knockout against the competition in the fight for a roster spot.

He has played so well that he could be part of the team’s plans past this season.

The Pistons face a Nov. 2 deadline to pick up Bullock’s $2.2-million option for the 2016-17 season, and a person with firsthand knowledge of the team’s thought process told the Free Press this past week the move is under serious consideration.

Rebounding is a concern for Pistons

Here’s the Detroit Free Press reporting on the Pistons, who may need some help grabbing the basketball after it flies off the rim:

Rebounding is a major concern with the Detroit Pistons.

Namely, who is going to help Andre Drummond corral missed shots?

Ersan Ilyasova showed Thursday night he might answer the call.

He was one of the few Pistons to play well in a 93-83 exhibition loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

He scored 15 points and did his part on the glass with seven rebounds — four on offense.

Pistons waive Eric Griffin

Pistons waive Eric Griffin

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club has requested waivers on forward Eric Griffin.

He was signed to the training camp roster on September 28 and played for the Texas Legends of the NBA’s Developmental League last season. In 49 games, he averaged 19.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.4 blocks in 35.2 minutes. The Orlando native played collegiately at Campbell University and went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Stanley Johnson scores 26 points in NBA preseason debut

Here’s Michigan Live reporting on Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson, who absolutely has our attention:

Stanley Johnson scores 26 points in NBA preseason debut

The Detroit Pistons withstood a first-quarter flurry from Paul George, got Andre Drummond some work in the post and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope returned to his shooting form.

And then there was the debut of Stanley Johnson.

The highly-touted first-round pick out of Arizona scored 26 points in his debut off the bench Tuesday in the Pistons’ 115-112 preseason loss to the Indiana Pacers at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Johnson played 34 minutes, finished 8 of 17 from the floor and made three of his six 3-point attempts.

Steve Blake suffers concussion

Detroit Pistons guard Steve Blake was diagnosed with a concussion, suffered in practice on Wednesday.

Blake will undergo the NBA’s mandatory Return-to-Participation Exertion Protocol until he is deemed symptom free. No timetable has been set for his return.

Anthony Tolliver will keep firing 3-pointers

Here’s Michigan Live with insight on Anthony Tolliver, a Piston who, when in doubt, is going to shoot a three-pointer:

Anthony Tolliver will keep firing 3-pointers

More than half of his career field-goal attempts have been 3-pointers, and the uptick over his last two seasons — with Charlotte two years ago, and Phoenix and Detroit last year — has been stark.

In those two analytics-friendly seasons, 89 percent of Tolliver’s attempts were either 3-pointers or within 3 feet of the rim.

A heavy majority of those, 537 of 700, or 76.7 percent of all his field-goal attempts, were 3-pointers. He made 38.7 percent.

He is a 35.6-percent shooter on 3-pointers in his seven NBA seasons, including 36.0 last year in 52 games with Detroit.

That is why, even when the Pistons are faced with some of the bigger power forwards in the league, Tolliver believes he can help to wear them down by forcing defenders to account for broad patches of floor, then sprinting to the other end to buzz around bigger players and combat size with activity and havoc.

Stanley Johnson does not look like a rookie, says coach

There’s been a lot of buzz on Detroit Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson. He’s got our attention. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is singing early praises about him as well. Here’s the Detroit Free Press reporting:

Stanley Johnson does not look like a rookie, says coach

“He looks like he’s been out here before,” coach Stan Van Gundy said Wednesday after the first practice of Day 2. “He doesn’t look like a lost rookie at all. He looks like he knows what he’s doing, and he’s ready to play.”

Van Gundy was asked to expound on his comments after Tuesday’s first practice, when he called Johnson “one of the better players” during light scrimmaging.

“He’s physically strong enough obviously to play, which helps him be able to play right away,” Van Gundy said. “He is a smart guy, and he’s also got a great mental toughness. Not a lot of stuff fazes him.”

Van Gundy also elaborated on areas where Johnson has excelled.

“He did a real good job, as he did today, taking the ball to the basket,” Van Gundy said. “I thought he did a real good job of that, getting up and down the floor. Competes hard physically. Still got to do a better job on the defensive end.”

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