Jeff Bower Rumors
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is looking for a few big men who can shoot. That’s why he and general manager Jeff Bowers are in Spain looking at Mario Hezonja (6-foot-8) and Kristaps Porzingis (7-1). Both have the ability to shoot from the outside. The downside is both are immature and lack NBA bodies to survive an 82-game season. But the Pistons are looking for a boost to their 3-point shooting, which ranked 17th in percentage (34.4). Van Gundy said he wanted the team to shoot at least 36 percent.
Bower was pleased with the way the Drive’s on-court operation mirrored that of Stan Van Gundy’s with the Pistons. “I thought that was a strength going into the year, and it’s a strength as we wrap up,” he said. “Our comfort level with knowing what, for example, Quincy Miller would find when he got here (Grand Rapids) was very high.”
“We knew that, in a group of guys who were free agents, John was a guy we wanted,” Van Gundy said. “Again, (general manager Jeff Bower) was looking at some trade possibilities … a couple of them could have materialized, but it would have meant us taking on money for next year, which we weren’t willing to do. And trades for guys at the end of their contracts didn’t materialize.”
The Pistons beefed-up front office includes four full-time NBA scouts. They’re spread out across the country and Van Gundy estimates that they scout – not just watch, but study and file reports on – 85 to 90 percent of all NBA games. General manager Jeff Bower says that by mid-December, those scouts had filed 6,000 scouting reports. “I get a call on a player, I can go right to his report card and see my weekly grades from the scouting staff,” Bower said. “Week by week, you can read the narrative and pull it all together to see if he’s going up, if he’s going down, why he’s been out, why all of a sudden his minutes have increased. But you don’t have information like that if you’re not following it every day and every game and every week. That’s where the day-to-day compounding of information comes in really having value.”