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2016-17 Detroit Pistons Yearbook

Stan Van Gundy Head Coach/ President of Basketball Operations Stan Van Gundy has completed two seasons as president of basketball operations and head coach for the Detroit Pistons, after being named to the positions on May 14, 2014. After a 32-50 record in his first season, Van Gundy led the Pistons to a 44-38 record in 2015-16 (a 12-game improvement), leading Detroit to its first above-.500 record since 2007-08 and first postseason appearance since the 2008-09 season. It marked Van Gundy’s eighth playoff appearance in 10 seasons as a head coach and also his eighth season finishing with a better than .500 record. In addition to his coaching duties, Van Gundy oversees all aspects of the basketball operations department. The turnover of the roster he inherited leaves the team with Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as the only holdovers. During this past offseason, Van Gundy’s moves continued to address roster improvement with the acquisition of free agents Ish Smith, Jon Leuer and Boban Marjanovic and the drafting of Henry Ellenson and Michael Gbinije to help firm up the team’s bench. At the 2015-16 trade deadline, under Van Gundy’s executive leadership, the Pistons acquired versatile forward Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova. It marked two seasons in a row where Van Gundy and his management team pulled off a deal at the trade deadline where the Pistons acquired a young starter. During the 2014- 15 season, when starting point guard Jennings was lost for the season with an Achilles tendon injury in late January, Van Gundy helped to engineer a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder that brought Reggie Jackson to Detroit in exchange for D.J. Augustin, Kyle Singler and a 2019 second-round draft pick. Jackson was then signed to a multi-year deal during that offseason. Prior to the start of the 2014-15 season, Van Gundy added veteran leadership in the likes of former All-Star and NBA Champion Caron Butler and Joel Anthony, a two-time NBA Champion with the Miami Heat, and also added outside shooting with the signing of free-agent guard Jodie Meeks. During the season, he made bold roster moves which led to the team finishing with a .500 (27-27) record in its final 54 games after a 5-23 start to the season. Veteran forward Josh Smith was waived on December 22 and Anthony Tolliver was acquired from the Phoenix Suns on December 24. Van Gundy’s retooling of the Pistons’ roster continued with an active 2014-15 offseason. His roster makeover began when he pulled off a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks by acquiring veteran forward Ilyasova. He drafted University of Arizona standout forward, Stanley Johnson, eighth overall in the 2015 NBA Draft and selected Darrun Hilliard from Villanova in the second round with the 38th overall pick. He then saw the acquisition of forwards Marcus Morris and Danny Granger, and guard Reggie Bullock, from the Phoenix Suns, in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick and followed that by signing free-agent big man Aron Baynes, bolstering the team’s front-court presence. He also added depth to the backcourt by swinging a trade with the Brooklyn Nets to obtain veteran guard Steve Blake in exchange for Quincy Miller. A respected veteran in the NBA and collegiate coaching ranks, Van Gundy earned his 400th NBA career coaching win vs. Atlanta (3/31/15) and became the 10th fastest coach to 400 victories in NBA history. Under his leadership, the Pistons have set franchise records for total 3-pointers made in back-to-back seasons (703 10 Detroit Pistons 2016–17 Yearbook in 2014-15 then 740 in 2015-16), 3-point field goals made per game (9.0) in 2015-16 and 3-pointers made in a game with 17 at Cleveland (12/28/14). Van Gundy holds a career-coaching record of 447-296 (.602) in 10-plus NBA seasons. He’s taken his teams to the postseason eight times and holds a 48-43 (.527) playoff record with the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons. Prior to Detroit, he previously coached in the NBA during the 2011-12 season when he led the Magic to a 37-29 record and a fifth consecutive postseason appearance. He compiled a 259-135 (.657) regular-season record with the Magic from 2007-12 and captured three consecutive Southeast Division titles from 2007-10. During the 2010-11 season, Orlando finished 52-30 (.634), good for second place in the Southeast Division and fourth-best in the Eastern Conference. The Magic surpassed the 50-win plateau for the fourth consecutive season, setting a new franchise record. Van Gundy became the second-fastest active NBA coach to 300 career wins and the seventh-fastest all-time on December 25, 2010 vs. Boston. He also coached in his 500th career game on March 16 at Milwaukee and had the sixth-most wins in NBA history through 500 contests. In 2009-10, Van Gundy guided the Magic to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight time, after compiling a 59-23 (.720) regular season record. It was the second-best mark in the NBA, and Orlando captured the Southeast Division title for the third consecutive season. Van Gundy was named head coach of the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the second time in his career and guided the East to a 141-139 win at the 2010 NBA All- Star Game in Dallas, TX. He coached in his 400th regular season game on February 7 at Boston and ranked third among active head coaches for most victories after 400 career games (257 wins). He was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Coach of the Month in October/November 2009 and again in April 2010. During the 2008-09 campaign, Van Gundy guided the Magic through a memorable playoff run, capped off with the 2009 Eastern Conference title and the franchise’s second trip to the NBA Finals. During the regular season, Orlando posted a 59-23 (.720) record and captured the Southeast Division title. It was the team’s second consecutive division crown and its fourth overall. In 2007-08, his first season with Orlando, Van Gundy led the Magic to a 52-30 (.634) record and the Southeast Division championship. It was the team’s first division crown since 1995- 96. Orlando also advanced past the opening round of the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 1996, defeating Toronto, 4-1. Van Gundy served as head coach of the Miami Heat for twoplus seasons from 2003-05, posting a regular season record of 112-73 and a postseason mark of 17-11. Despite a rash of injuries and a tough schedule, which saw the Heat drop their first seven games, Van Gundy righted the ship and led Miami to a 42-40 record during his first season as head coach in 2003-04. They became just the fourth team since the NBA went to its current playoff format in 1983-84, to reach the playoffs after starting the season with at least seven consecutive losses. The 42 wins was a 17-win improvement from the previous season, the secondbest turnaround in franchise history and the fourth-best in the NBA from 2002-03 to 2003-04. Van Gundy earned NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for March 2004, after leading the Heat to an Eastern Conference-best 12-3 mark during the month. Miami finished the regular season by going 17-4 over its final 21 games, finished second in the Atlantic Division and earned homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Leadership


2016-17 Detroit Pistons Yearbook
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