The Detroit Pistons should re-sign forward Anthony Tolliver

Detroit Pistons Anthony Tolliver. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Detroit Pistons Anthony Tolliver. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) /
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Anthony Tolliver was one of the more consistent players that the Detroit Pistons had all of last season. It’s very important that a deal is done to re-sign Tolliver so he doesn’t become a free agent.

Anthony Tolliver played a pivotal role for the Detroit Pistons during the 2017-2018 season. He quietly had one of the better seasons of his career during his second term with Detroit.

Anthony Tolliver by the numbers

Tolliver averaged 8.9 points per game last season in just over 22 minutes per night. He shot 46 percent from field, the highest field goal percentage of his career.

Tolliver also shot 43 percent from three-point range, another career high. He had 5.3 win shares, by far the highest of his career.

It’s quite amazing that a player at Tolliver’s age (33) can drastically improve multiple facets of their game to be such a key contributor.

Tolliver’s role with the Detroit Pistons

Anthony Tolliver’s role was much different this past season than it was during his first go-round with the Pistons. He became the go-to guy on their second unit.

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The Pistons ranked 20th in bench points per game in the NBA last season. He played so well in a reserve role that he was placed in the starting lineup for a string of games. Tolliver ended up with 14 starts during the season.

It’s hard to deny that he was one of their three best players during the home stretch of the season when Reggie Jackson was still hurt and it was the post-Blake Griffin trade.

Tolliver’s game is very admirable. He moves well without the ball and gets easy baskets at the rim even though he’s known as a three-point specialist. He plays with a ton of energy and effort on the defensive end of the floor and makes the extra pass when needed.

Tolliver can be a vocal guy on the floor at times as well. He did a great job stepping up as a leader on the second unit when there seemed to be a lack of identity with that group all season.

Detroit needs to re-sign Tolliver

Tolliver was one of the only decent role players that the Detroit Pistons had last season. He made $3.2 million last season and that would be an ideal price to bring him back on.

As an aging veteran looking for a role on a team, that should benefit both parties.

Considering his efficient season, it’s even more important that the Detroit Pistons get a deal done with Anthony Tolliver.