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.”
In studying how NBA teams were put together, Van Gundy kept coming back to the fact that for most teams, more than half of players were drafted by another team. “There tends to be an opinion that we just know the NBA players and I don’t think we really watch them as closely as we need to and those are huge decisions,” he said. “You don’t want to make a mistake in the draft, but the way it’s set up now, if you make a mistake in the draft at least it’s low cost. If you’re going to go out and spend $14 million a year, $15 million a year on a guy and you make a mistake, now you’re really hurting. So I just want to weight it a little bit more.”