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2011 NBA Offseason: Detroit Pistons

Draft Grades, Offseason Needs, Free Agents

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Detroit Pistons (Last Year: 30-52)

2011 NBA Draft Team Grade:

I don't love Brandon Knight, but he was a solid value at No. 8 especially since the big guys Detroit reportedly coveted were off the board. I will say this though, Knight gives Detroit a potential franchise point guard which could make Rodney Stuckey expendable. Kyle Singler is a solid, solid pick at No. 33 and provides some depth at the three figuring free agent Tayshaun Prince will not be back. Vernon Macklin is a big body, but I wouldn't expect to see him make the final 15-man roster. (Team Grade: Makes sense)

Live 2011 NBA Draft Grades:

8. Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky
Pistons wanted a big like Tristan or Biyombo to put alongside Greg Monroe, but end Brandon Knight�s slide. It is a solid value and gives them a point guard of the future since I am not sure restricted free agent Rodney Stuckey is the guy. (Pick Grade: Makes sense)

33. Kyle Singler, F, Duke
The Pistons are likely losing their glue guy, Tayshaun Prince to free agency so adding a great team player like Kyle Singler in the second round is a great value. Kyle Singler knows how to win and will bust his butt at every practice which will automatically make a struggling team better. (Pick Grade: LOVE IT!)

52. Vernon Macklin, PF, Florida
The Pistons didn't grab size with their first two picks, so they chose to do so here. The only problem is that there are not a whole lot of quality big guys late in the draft, and Macklin is physical but not much more than that. (Pick Grade: Meh)

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Jefferson 01-04-2014 09:50 pm (total posts: 1)
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Your poem is full of the lightness of being and opsimitm as spring is itself. Though we are moving into fall here, I like fall a lot. I'd like it even better were it not followed by cold and snow and slush. :-(
Mr Pelicans 07-08-2013 08:54 am (total posts: 2)
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I think bill is from LA where his lakers can buy a championship...this coming from a Pelicans fan
Bill 07-06-2013 12:32 am (total posts: 3)
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The consummate dumbazz team. They have cap cash, but no one wants it!

Time to fold the Pistons, like Ford did with the Edsel!
@MM 07-01-2013 02:11 pm (total posts: 2)
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They took another roll of the dice in KCP.
MM 06-03-2013 12:16 am (total posts: 3)
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If the Pistons draft Oladipo I'm going to be very sad. That guy's ceiling is Tony Allen. He's under-sized, will struggle to score against elite NBA wings and is a bust in the making. Detroit doesn't need a defensive specialist right now.

The Pistons need to roll the dice again, like this past season, and take the 2013 Draft's Andre Drummond: Shabazz Muhammad. His stock has taken a tumble because of character concerns, although it seems the character everyone is most concerned with is Shabazz's father. The Pistons' offense is anemic and Muhammad could instantly help fix that. Classic high risk/high reward player, and much like Drummond he was at the top of early mock drafts for his class. I see a lot of Jerry Stackhouse in his game.

IF Detroit trades up for some reason, I'd love to see them get Otto Porter, but Washington would be nuts to trade away the best fit player in this draft for them.
Chris 06-01-2013 12:53 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Pistons have an interesting Offseason ahead of them. As Walter said, we have 35.2 Million to spend this year. Lets just say thats more than most teams. Plus, we have a decent first round pick. Of course being a Michigan fan, I think its entirely possible we trade down and take somebody like a Tim Hardaway to alternate at Shot with Stuckey. Also, if we trade down we could snag somebody like a Plumlee, MC-W or even like an Olynyk, Whitey or Deng for those who want a "Big Man". If we do stay where we're at, look out for a slip from somebody. Maybe Oladipo falls, but also watch out for Shabazz. I know he's not the best player to take in the Top 10, but Talent wise and Need wise he would be a great fit here, and he would definitely be a target for Knight's Assist numbers to rise.
CYnthia 12-03-2012 11:07 pm (total posts: 1)
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The following NBA teams need to be ccteraotnd:Orlando MagicLA ClippersNew Jersey NetsToronto RaptorsMemphis GrizzliesCharlotte BobcatsThat would take it down to 24 teams, so you'd have four divisions of six. I think that's perfect.
fag 10-30-2012 12:17 am (total posts: 2)
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Bill 10-30-2012 12:16 am (total posts: 2)
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Im a gay fa g
Bill 07-01-2012 06:53 pm (total posts: 3)
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Poor Chris.

He must live in that craphole.
Chris 06-29-2012 08:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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Bill........shut up.
Bill 06-29-2012 07:55 pm (total posts: 3)
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This franchise should just fold.

Monroe and Knight will leave ASAP.

Besides, who would want to play in that craphole of a city?
HiMyNameIs 06-29-2012 05:24 pm (total posts: 1)
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Why does everyone act like if Drummond doesnt reach his full potential he will be a complete bust? Just off his size strength wing span and athletisizm he will stick around in the league for years to come. His floor is probably somewhere around DeAndrea Jordan not Kwama Brown(and even Browns managed to stick around the league for along time) The kid should be going into his freshman season as he finished high school in 3 yrs, if he had stayed the course im bettin he'd be a top3 pick next yr
DaBone Wash DC 06-26-2012 09:54 pm (total posts: 1)
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How in the heck does drafting a 6'3"' SG make up for not getting a big man in the 1st round? Did I miss something?
Jay 06-11-2012 01:55 pm (total posts: 1)
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I think Sullinger would be a nice addition to this team.

2010-11 Season Summary:
You know what is not a good sign for your team? When the veterans stage a walkout on their head coach. That is what happened this past season for Detroit and first-year head coach John Kuester after he benched long-time Piston Richard Hamilton. As a result, inner turmoil tore through the team as they suffered through another miserable season.

Hamilton, Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva ate up almost half of Detroit's salary cap but failed to live up to their value. Hamilton posted his lowest scoring total since his rookie season while Gordon and Villanueva both averaged around 11 points per game which is a career low for both players. With all three guys under contract for two more years, their inability to carry their weight has put the Pistons and general manager Joe Dumars in a rough spot.

With Jonas Jerebko missing the entire season due to an Achilles injury, Austin Daye failing to capitalize on his opportunity in his second season, and the point guard situation still in limbo despite Rodney Stuckey leading the team in scoring; Detroit struggled to find consistency with their lineup, having at least 11 players start double-digit games.

There were some positives amid the madness. Tayshaun Prince continued on with his steady career and was the only Piston to start every game he played in. Greg Monroe showed improvement during the season averaging around 13 points and 9.5 rebounds per game over the final month and a half of the season, and became an integral part of the Pistons while also giving them a low-post scoring option. Tracy McGrady revived his career in Detroit as he was able to stay healthy and prove he still has some gas left in the tank.

2011-12 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Greg Monroe/Ben Wallace/Jason Maxiell/Vernon Macklin

PF: ^Jonas Jerebko/Charlie Villanueva

SF: Austin Daye/Kyle Singler

SG: Richard Hamilton/Ben Gordon/Terrico White

PG: #Rodney Stuckey/Will Bynum/Brandon Knight

NBA Free Agents:

SF-Tayshaun Prince (UFA)

G/F-Tracy McGrady (UFA)

PF-Chris Wilcox (UFA)

SF-DaJuan Summers (UFA)

#PG-Rodney Stuckey (RFA)

^F-Jonas Jerebko (RFA)

2010-11 Team Salary: Approximately $48.3 million

NBA Offseason Needs:

1. Unity: It is an interesting debate as to whether John Kuester or the players are to blame for the mutiny that occurred this past season. Whichever side you take, all indications are pointing toward Kuester returning for his second season despite the team walking out on him in practice and laughing at him after he got ejected from a game.

Whoever ends up being the head coach for next season needs to build a unity with this roster. More segregation and disrespect for authority will only set this franchise back, and Joe Dumars needs to hope Kuester can find a common ground with his players and that the veterans on the roster can better adapt to his coaching. If not, Kuester will likely get the boot and a more player-friendly coach will need to be brought in since it would be too difficult for the Pistons to undergo a major roster change.

2. Small Forward: One would assume that unrestricted free agent Tayshaun Prince will be moving on with his career after eight seasons in Detroit. The Pistons do not seem to be moving in the right direction as a team, and Prince should be sought after by several title contending teams this offseason. The Pistons will need to pursue a replacement since Austin Daye does not seem ready to assume the starting role.

3. Another Big: While Greg Monroe seems to have a bright future ahead of him, Detroit is still lacking a lot of size inside. Chris Wilcox is a free agent, Ben Wallace is likely entering his final year as a pro, and Jason Maxiell is an undersized, overpaid role player. Jonas Jerebko's return should improve the play at power forward, but the Pistons could still use a defensive presence in the middle especially since opponents shot 48.6 percent versus them which is the highest percentage allowed by any team in the league.

4. Point Guard: The jury is still out on whether or not Rodney Stuckey is the long-term solution at the point. Like most, I have always been of the mindset that he is more of a combo guard than true floor leader. Plus, he is also a restricted free agent this offseason and Detroit might have to let him walk rather than pony up a long-term extension to keep him around. Will Bynum is a solid backup but should not be getting major minutes. If Stuckey returns for one more season, this will not be an immediate need, but the Pistons should be on the look out for an upgrade if the opportunity arises.

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