Stanley Johnson and Glenn Robinson III to get major minutes
With the Detroit Pistons set to usher in the Dwane Casey era this upcoming season, a host of changes in the team’s rotation is to be expected. According to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, the small forward spot will be one of the most highly-contested positions for the Pistons.
“The most interesting training camp battle promises to be at small forward between Stanley Johnson and free agent acquisition Glenn Robinson III, ” writes Ellis.
Incoming fourth-year stud Stanley Johnson is currently the resident starter at the three for the Pistons. However, Ellis believes that newcomer Glenn Robinson III, who is currently on a two-year, $8.3 million deal, intends to give Johnson a run for his money.
Although Robinson is expected to be the backup, as he was during his time with the Indian Pacers, he will surely still require heavy minutes. This is perhaps why Ellis is keen on the idea of having both players on the court at the same time.
“The players project to receive major minutes and an avenue to playing both simultaneously has come into focus, ” Ellis adds.
Let’s not forget about another SF, Reggie Bullock, who was particularly useful in the second half of last season after the Blake Griffin trade. Like Johnson, he too is on the final year of his contract, and will use this season to try and up his stock value.
New head coach Dwane Casey will need to find a way to convert this dilemma into a strength for his side, and if anybody can do it, it’s the reigning NBA Coach of the Year.