The Detroit Pistons have serious depth at their two forward positions.
Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock provide two complementary skill sets at the small forward spot with Johnson being more a defensive ace, while Bullock provides a capable scoring threat with a quick and deadly shooting stroke. Tobias Harris, Detroit’s expected starting power forward heading into the season, is one of, if not the best scorers on the Pistons. Jon Leuer, currently being paid over $10 million a year by the Pistons, is slotted to be a key figure of Detroit’s bench. Then there’s 2016 first round pick Henry Ellenson. At just 20 years old, many view Ellenson has a player that could play a big factor into Detroit’s future. But, there is also one other player that has a case when it comes down to who should be apart of the forward rotation.
Anthony Tolliver has been providing a huge help for the Pistons throughout their first four preseason games. The 32-year old Creighton product is averaging 13 points per game on 72.7 percent shooting from the field and a flaming 57.1 percent from the three-point line. In both games the Pistons have won in the preseason, Tolliver has played. In both games they’ve lost, Tolliver did not play.
Brought in as a veteran to help the team mainly in the locker room, it appears many have overlooked what Tolliver is still capable of on the court. He can score, space the floor, and plays hard on defense. Those qualities will have Stan Van Gundy contemplating Tolliver’s role on the roster.
Detroit has one preseason game left, tonight in Milwaukee against the Bucks. With Stanley Johnson out due to back tightness, Tolliver may have another chance to prove he belongs in Stan Van Gundy’s rotation. As of now, it would be hard to keep him and his fiery shooting off the court.
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