The arrival of head coach Dwane Casey brings in a new mindset and also a new play style to the Detroit Pistons, who struck gold by hiring the Coach of the Year after he was fired by the Toronto Raptors after being swept in the playoffs.
Luke Kennard is one of the players looking forward to playing in Casey's offense, which should make the most of shooters like him who can spread the floor with a silky-smooth touch from distance.
“One hundred percent,” Kennard told Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. “It’s a thing where the floor is really spaced out.”
“We have set plays, but most of the time he just wants us to run and play to our strengths. He wants us to play off the dribble and just move the ball, play smooth. I love that kind of feel and that kind of offense. I really do.”
Casey will employ a spread-out look with this Pistons team, making use of talents like Kennard and Reggie Bullock, who can shoot the ball at a high clip.
Kennard still doesn’t know if he will start or come off the bench, but Casey has kept his expectations of him rather simple.
“Shooting the ball, honestly. Just shooting the ball and making plays, too,” said Kennard. “He wants me to get in the paint and make plays for other guys, using my passing ability as well as my shooting ability to take us to another level. It’s been good, the way he’s envisioned myself playing in this system and I feel confident about it.”
The post-Stan Van Gundy era Pistons should be a different sight than the last few years, hopefully making use of their resources in better ways under this new coaching staff.