POP Season Preview: What Big Bad Boban Brings to the Bench
The Pistons had a pretty quiet off season focusing on bringing in quality depth and role players. The biggest signing in the off season, literally, was Boban Marjanovic. Boban played his first NBA season with the Spurs and now is hoping to build on his success in Detroit.
The 7’3 big man averaged about nine and a half minutes a game last season working as a back up center. In that time he averaged 5.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. What might catch Pistons fans collective attention is his free throw shooting. Boban shot better than 75% over the course of the season at he stripe last year and nearly 90% during the playoffs.
Sadly, it’s unlikely we’ll see a repeat of last year with the Pistons. I would expect Boban’s numbers to go down across the board. The main reason for that is that playing time might be harder to come by. As of now I expect Marjanovic to be the third string center, behind Andre Drummond and Aron Baynes. I wouldn’t be shocked if he eventually overtook Baynes in the rotation, at this point it’s hard to assume he’ll have consistent playing time.
Regardless of when we see Boban on the floor you can always expect to see him doing a few things well. He will always be a matchup problem, just based on his size. He can rebound and make basic post moves where he can almost always get his shot off over defenders. He is a guy you can depend on late in games, with a free throw percentage that won’t keep him off the floor.
For now, Boban is just good depth. He will allow the Pistons to overcome an injury to Aron Baynes or Andre Drummond. If he continues to flash his raw talent in practice, there is a chance he moves up the depth chart. However, at this point he is just a safety net to lengthen and strengthen the Pistons bench.