Stan Van Gundy Ready To Shake Things Up

DECEMBER 19, 11:42am: While Van Gundy and the Pistons may shake things up at some point, it doesn’t appear it will happen tonight. The Detroit head coach told reporters today that there will be no lineup changes for Monday’s game, per Keith Langlois of Pistons.com (Twitter link).

DECEMBER 18, 9:44pm: A lineup change could be coming as early as Monday for the Pistons, coach Stan Van Gundy told the media after his team was blown out on consecutive nights this weekend. Van Gundy has been exasperated by his team’s inconsistent play and the return of point guard Reggie Jackson from knee tendinitis has only led to more choppy performances. “There’s no question we’ve not been as good,” Van Gundy said. “We’ve played eight games, seven of them against teams below .500, and we’re 3-5. So there’s no question we’re not as good as we were before. That’s just a fact. Now, is that all on him? No. No, we have a lot of guys not playing as well.”

While Van Gundy didn’t elaborate on the potential lineup change, he really has only two viable options:

  • He could reinsert Ish Smith, who started while Jackson was rehabbing his knee, at point guard. Van Gundy isn’t sure if that’s the answer. “Even before Reggie came back, that starting lineup with Ish was outscored by opponents, too,” he said. “Not by as much, but outscored by opponents. So that has not been as good a lineup. We were surviving basically because our bench was coming in and outplaying people.”
  • He could move power forward Jon Leuer into the starting five and have either Marcus Morris or Tobias Harris come off the bench. Leuer has arguably been the Pistons’ most consistent player, averaging career highs in points (10.8) and rebounds (6.4). However, Leuer missed the 105-90 loss to the Pacers on Saturday with back spasms.

It’s clear that Van Gundy doesn’t intend to sit back and wait for the team to come around. “We’ve definitely gotta look at some things, lineup and rotation-wise,” he said. “That unit is clearly not working. At least not right now. “

Van Gundy also criticized his team for playing too selfishly in recent outings, with players more concerned about getting shots than getting back on defense. The players held a team meeting after the Indiana game to address that, as well as other issues.

“We’ve got guys upset they’re not touching the ball, and everything else, so they’re not as engaged in the game on the defensive end of the floor,” he said. “There’s all kinds of things that have to go into the game, and the ball has to move. There has to be an unselfish offense, and a committed defense, and the last two nights, there have been neither.”

Detroit is still just one game under .500 and one of many Eastern Conference clubs trying to find a way to go on a hot streak. But heightened expectations for the Pistons, who made the playoffs last season, have led to frustration over their mediocre play through 29 games. What changes should Van Gundy make to get his team going? Take to the comments section and give us your input.

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10 thoughts on “Stan Van Gundy Ready To Shake Things Up

  1. Trade for a star without giving up drummond, jackson or future 1st round picks

    Not much to play with but can happen

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    • your not getting a star player without at least 1 and most likely 2-3 future 1st rd picks buddy. keep dreaming though

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      • Agreed. Without giving up multiple picks, the Pistons then have to deal some combination of Stanley Johnson/Hillard/Morris/Harris/Caldwell-Pope

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  2. I have a good deal of respect for Van Gundy’s coaching ability. That said I do not believe pick and roles with Jackson or Drummond is the answer! In my opinion Tobias Harris is under used at what he does best which is taking it to the hole. He is not a great 3 shooter but under the current set up he is called to be that, doesn’t fit! Lauer should start and be 3 threat along with KCP and Jackson, who is too selfish at this point. I see him as the type of player that keeps running ntotals of assists and points in his head rather that the game score!! Norm

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  3. MiggyCabby24

    They need a guy that commands double teams, and can get his own offense. Harris and Morris are good players, but they can’t be counted on to get a basket when they need one. Jackson you would think might be the guy, but he’s streaky and coming off the DL. They need a big time scorer, and I don’t know where or how they get one.

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  4. I agree and I don’t think Jackson is that guy. If they call more plays for Tobias it would at least let it be known if he can command extra coverage/
    Norm

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  5. theres only one move to starters that makes sense. move jon luer to starting pf and marcus morris to backup sf. i would start playing henry ellinson at backup pf. stanley ish and bynes to finish off bench minutes. the team plays better defense when luer is at pf, and morris can be the scoring option off the bench.

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    • DJ

      If Ellensen can drain 3s like last game in garbage time, that is certainly a thought worth entertaining!

      Concur wholly with Morris off bench!

      Norm

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  6. Charles

    They should have Tobias Harris come off the bench and move jon louwr to the starting lineup

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    • Charles,
      So you think Morris is a better all around player than Tobias? OR, you think Tobias would give the second unit more oomph? Seems consensus here that Jon L should start!

      Ish was doing better job than Jackson is, but maybe Jackson needs more condition??
      Norm

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