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Pistons Links: Stanley Johnson misses out on All-Rookie team; more second round draft tryout bodies

Stanley Johnson says eat your veggies, and eat some of the other lesser NBA rookies while you're at it.

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2016 Offseason Preview: Detroit Pistons -- RealGM

Of their own free agents, Steve Blake could be back, but the Pistons won't extend very far to retain him. They may also look to go younger at the backup position through the Draft or by going for a free agent. Several affordable options like Ramon Sessions, Brian Roberts or Ish Smith could make sense.

lt has been mentioned before in DBB comments that Ish Smith would look pretty stellar in a Detroit uni. He would. He's quick as a bean (the quick beans) and has developed a respectable long range shot. After bouncing around the league and then last season seemingly being a steadying force for the Sixers (if that's even possible on a 10-win NBA team), he's really prime for a nice contract  -- say, three years in Detroit?

To add to the roster, the Pistons would like to add better depth behind Caldwell-Pope, with Meeks being unreliable, and more shooting around Drummond. This could be achieved by signing a veteran like Eric Gordon, Kevin Martin, or Wayne Ellington. None of those players would break the bank and would all benefit from coming off the bench in a lesser role than they've held previously to help them navigate through a long season.

With Reggie Bullock and Darrun Hillard very likely to be on the roster, not sure there's much of a need for yet another guard. I'd like to see Jodie Meeks get one more crack at it  -- or at least get a crack at staying healthy!

Pistons' Stanley Johnson misses out on NBA All-Rookie team's last spot -- MLive

We may or may not have some added chatter about this voting development on a DBB post quite soon.

Detroit Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson finished 13th in the NBA All-Rookie voting, three places shy of cracking the second team, the last of four players who finished within eight points of each other for the final spot.

The second team included Miami's Justise Winslow (151), Los Angeles Lakers' D'Angelo Russell (142), Denver's Emmanuel Mudiay (140), Indiana's Myles Turner (139) and Sacramento's Willie Cauley-Stein (50).

Charlotte's Frank Kaminsky (47), Miami's Josh Richardson (47) and Johnson (42) were the next three highest vote-getters, followed by a big dropoff to Utah's Trey Lyles (26) and Chicago's Bobby Portis (13).

Detroit Pistons bring in 6 for predraft workouts -- Detroit Free Press

MSU forward/center Matt Costello, former Duke Blue Devil guard Rasheed Sulaimon and Tulsa four-year combo guard Shaq Harrison are the notables.

Random stat: Shaq Harrison's 3-point percentage never reached 30 percent during his college career. Not sure how serious Detroit is with Harrison -- maybe they should go more in the direction of Australian guard (and core DBB writer) Ben Quagliata. I don't have his exact basketball stats in front of me (I'm not so certain who does), but something tells me he can help Detroit in the long range shooting department.


Nothing has changed all that much, folks -- stick to eating your veggies and life shouldn't get worse.