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Boban Marjanovic
Boban Marjanovic
Position: C
Born: 08/15/88
Height: 7-3 / 2.21
Weight:271 lbs. / 122.9 kg.
Salary: $5,628,000
When he became a free agent last summer, Boban Marjanovic’s first choice was to stay in San Antonio. So coach Gregg Popovich sat the 7-foot-3 Serbian down for a math lesson. “He’s such a good kid, at some point I had to work to get him to understand that $21 million was different than $3 million,” Popovich said. “I said, ‘Get your ass out of here. Go. You’ve got to do it.’ But he felt bad.”
“He’s unstoppable down low,” Van Gundy said. “I don’t think anybody has an answer to that. And he will be even better when we just get him to play and stuff.” The 290-pound Marjanovic – third on the Pistons’ depth chart at center – is already impressing Van Gundy with his low-post play and ability to run the court. “A guy his size, he works extremely hard,” Van Gundy said. “All of these hours on the court take a toll and so, after a while it makes it tough on him. But once he gets established in the half-court, there’s not a good way to play him. There’s just not.
He said last season he didn’t know much about Drummond’s game, but when he got to work alongside Drummond in the practice gym, it was apparent that the All-Star center was good — and still developing his game heading into his fifth season. “I didn’t follow him a lot. He’s young but very athletic,” Marjanovic said. “He’s a good guy and loves to work. It’s important for this sport if you love to work. He’s huge and can be a (better) player.”
His offensive efficiency and raw talent made him attractive to the Pistons. He could assume backup duties in 2017-18 should the 6-foot-10, 260-pound Aron Baynes exercise a player option in his contract and enter free agency. Sounds like he’s already impressing Drummond. “Boban is a hell of a player,” Drummond said. “He’s been a huge addition for us, and he’s definitely going to be a big help for us throughout this season as well.” Better than what you thought? “Absolutely.”
Van Gundy never sets a wins total goal at the start of a season, putting his faith in the day-to-day process that carries a team through the 82-game grind. He expects his best Pistons team yet – one with a young nucleus that returns intact since the February trade-deadline deal for Tobias Harris and one with a bolstered bench thanks to the free-agent acquisitions of Ish Smith, Jon Leuer and Boban Marjanovic. “I think we can be a better team, but I think there’s a lot of teams in the East getting better. I think the East got a lot better last year. I think it’s going to get better again and it’s going to be harder. We’ve got to control what we can control, which is being as good as we can be. I’m optimistic about the year, but I’m also realistic about the fact that we’re going to have to be better. We can’t be where we were last year.”
Baynes will go back to his normal position in the post when he comes to training camp this month. It could be his last season with the Pistons. He’s under contract to make $6.5 million this year and has an early termination option on his contract for 2017-18. Because the Pistons might not have enough money to keep the veteran center if he were to exercise his option and become a free agent, the team went out and signed 7-foot-3 Boban Marjanovic as insurance.