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2012 NBA Offseason: Detroit Pistons

Draft Grades, Offseason Needs, Free Agents

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Detroit Pistons (Last Year: 25-41)

Live 2012 NBA Draft Grades:

9. Andre Drummond, C, Connecticut: B+ Grade
Why not? If Andre Drummond ever figures it out, this could be one huge steal as he and Greg Monroe could be an incredible frontcourt for the future. On the flip side, Drummond could be out of the league in four years. Worth the roll of the dice at this point for Detroit.

39. Khris Middleton, F, Texas A&M: Grade C-
Injury issues held Middleton back during his junior season, but he still decided to leave school. Detroit has a wealth of small forwards now with Prince, Maggette and Daye, so I'm not sure how Middleton fits, and if he will ever make anything of himself as a pro.

44. Kim English, G, Missouri: A- Grade
I really like English as he is a versatile wing who can shoot it from deep. He should help replace what Detroit lost at the two by trading Ben Gordon.

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Natedogreat ggibbyuvycyj15 06-10-2012 10:25 am (total posts: 1)
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If Sumars were smart he would take Moultrie in a heart beat. big, long, strong with a great shot. then in the second take henry sims of GT and either Will Buford or Jared Cunningham. Either tose two or trade both and Daye for a late first rounder like Indiana and draft Royce White, then trade Prince for another late pick like GS and draft a shooting guard like Evan Fournier or Draymond as bench help like Harden is for OKC.
gregory bishop 06-06-2012 11:55 am (total posts: 1)
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Tyler Zeller @ # 9 in the draft provides some stability to the interior. Best scenario = Houston wants Zeller and will trade up for him. Detroit already has Houston's second round pick[#44} this year. Could they get both of Houston's first rounders in a trade if they gave back H's second rounder or Detroit's second pick[#39]? If so take Evan fournier with that #16 pick for when Villanueva and Gordon drop off the roster.
Tim 06-01-2012 04:58 pm (total posts: 2)
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Trade Charlie V to the Bucks for Beno Udrih and Jon Brockman, makes sense cap wise and once Charlie V moves teams he'll magically become amazing because thats what happens in Detroit
Tim 06-01-2012 04:51 pm (total posts: 2)
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take Henson or Zeller with the 1st round pick, Jae Crowder with the first second who would fill the slasher need and get rid of Charlie V no matter what, Gordon is atleast still serviceable
Dryer Sheet 05-29-2012 11:40 am (total posts: 1)
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mE, you're clearly not a Jazz fan are you? Why would anyone give up anything of significance for 3 terrible players/contracts?
mE 05-23-2012 06:08 pm (total posts: 2)
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Proposed Trade:
Detroit trades - Charlie Villanoodle, Ben Gordon, Austin Daye and 1st round pick


Utah for:
Derrick Favors and Raja Bell

That guy 05-23-2012 05:45 pm (total posts: 2)
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What if they trade Charlie V to Minnesota for Darko?
CJ 05-19-2012 09:42 pm (total posts: 3)
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Because there's a high probability of Fab Melo or Festus Ezeli being busts.

Ezeli has no shot, struggles to score on the whole, and is both injury and foul prone. Why would you gamble at #9 on that?

Melo badly needed another year of school, but due to his poor decision making skills was forced to go pro. He's not ready to play at the NBA level yet, and will be a project for the next couple years.

Not to mention both are late 1st round prospects, so Detroit could conceivably trade up from their 2nd round pick and possibly their future 2nd rounder from Houston to get one of them. Or possibly one slips to them in the 2nd round.

If the Pistons really want to gamble, I'd rather they do so on someone with real upside like Perry Jones.

I'm guessing they'll draft either Sullinger or Moultrie though, which is fine. They'll complement Monroe nicely.

Obviously if Barnes were to fall like Knight did last year, they'd have to draft him.

Then Draymond Green would be a nice 2nd round pick if he's there. As he's a local guy and could replace Jason Maxiell.
Walter 05-18-2012 02:21 am (total posts: 2)
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Mellowone, can you repeat that. I don't know what the Pistons need.
mellowone 04-27-2012 01:42 pm (total posts: 3)
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pistons need bigs,shot blockers rim protectors then why not fab melo or festus,they need atrue center space eater
mellowone 04-27-2012 01:42 pm (total posts: 3)
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pistons need bigs,shot blockers rim protectors then why not fab melo or festus,they need atrue center space eater
mellowone 04-27-2012 01:42 pm (total posts: 3)
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pistons need bigs,shot blockers rim protectors then why not fab melo or festus,they need atrue center space eater
CJ 06-25-2011 03:54 pm (total posts: 3)
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Obviously Lenny is on drugs... Biyambo is the next Saer Sene, he's almost a guaranteed bust, so glad the Pistons didn't get him. Thank you MJ! Knight is too smart to fail in the NBA, he'll be great with Monroe. The team still needs to find a superstar though. Hopefully they can clear out the crap this season (Gordon, Charlie V, Stuckey) and Hamilton can either move on, or accept his spot as a veteran role player. I doubt Detroit wins a lot of games next year, but that is a good thing, as it puts them in a good spot to land Davis, Barnes or one of the Baylor boys.
Ian 06-24-2011 04:37 am (total posts: 1)
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My entire apartment was flooded with Pistons fans chanting "Brandon Knight!" once he was available at 8. I love the pick. He is the next Rondo. The core guys were all at the palace with Joe D. hyped up for Knight. As long as Dumars starts..

Knight/Stuckey/Daye/Jerebko/Monroe with Wallace/Gordon/Bynum/Villanueva as his main guys off the bench, I will be happy. **** Rip. Get his ass off of this team. I won't miss Tayshaun "I'm not happy so my defensive ability will disappear" Prince either.

At one point of time, I loved Prince and Rip, but they have no place in Detroit any longer. They've handled the rebuilding process like spoiled children, and that is not what Detroit is about.

As far as a coach goes, it has to be either Woodson or Laimbeer. We can't employ another career assistant.

We won't win a division with this team, but we're on the right path. Monroe/Knight/Jerebko will all be with the team for a long time.
Dan 06-23-2011 09:44 pm (total posts: 1)
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I like the pick. Knight is likely to have a more positive impact on the court then Biyombo or Thompson....the players the Pistons expected to be available at 8. It's all good.

2011-12 Season Summary:
The former Eastern Conference power Detroit Pistons missed out on the playoffs for a third straight season. Coincidentally enough, that streak started when general manager Joe Dumars wasted his abundant cap space by overpaying Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva to long-term deals. The franchise is still in recovery mode from those signings and doesn't figure to make any major moves this offseason.

The most significant takeaways from this past year was the development of second-year big man Greg Monroe and play of rookie point guard Brandon Knight. By nearly averaging a double-double a night, Monroe made strides toward becoming a very good NBA center, which every team covets nowadays. Knight immediately stepped into the starting point guard role and showed enough promise to be labeled as the point guard of the future.

Monroe's emergence in the middle was sorely needed in a very underwhelming Pistons frontcourt. Jason Maxiell and Ben Wallace provided some toughness and physicality, but offered very little offensive production. Jonas Jerebko was effective coming off the bench after missing all of the 2010-11 season due to injury. Villanueva continues to be a major free agent bust, as he was bothered by ankle injury, but even when he was healthy, he found himself locked to the bench.

Knight's instant impact at the point allowed head coach Lawrence Frank to play Rodney Stuckey as his more natural off-guard position and bring Ben Gordon off the bench. It was an undersized trio that struggled to defend bigger shooting guards, but brought some solid scoring punch to help make up for Detroit's offensively-challenged front line - minus Monroe, of course.

Tayshaun Prince was typical Tayshaun Prince; a glue-guy leader, who can contribute a little bit in every aspect of the game, but isn't going to take over. Third-year pro Austin Daye actually took a step back and doesn't appear to be a piece of the long-term puzzle for the Pistons.

C: Greg Monroe/*Vernon Macklin

PF: #Jason Maxiell/Jonas Jerebko/Charlie Villanueva

SF: Tayshaun Prince/Corey Maggette/Austin Daye

SG: Rodney Stuckey

PG: Brandon Knight/Will Bynum/*Walker Russell

NBA Free Agents:

#PF-Jason Maxiell (PO)

C-Ben Wallace (UFA)

SF-Damian Wilkins (UFA)

*C-Vernon Macklin (RFA)

*PG-Walker Russell (RFA)

Offseason Transactions:

The Pistons acquire SF Corey Maggette from the Bobcats for SG Ben Gordon and 2013 lottery protected first-round pick.

2012-13 Team Salary: Approximately $58.3 million

NBA Offseason Needs:

1. Frontcourt Complement for Monroe: Detroit needs to find an upgrade from the Jason Maxiell/Ben Wallace combination that started 53 games alongside Greg Monroe in the frontcourt. Charlie Villanueva has been a massive bust since coming to Detroit, while Jonas Jerebko is best suited providing some energy off the bench. With little flexibility in free agency, look for the Pistons to address this need with their first-round draft pick.

2. Slasher: Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey are capable of getting to the rim, but Ben Gordon relies more on his outside shot. Meanwhile, Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye can't really break a defender down in iso situations. The Pistons would be wise to find an athletic wing who attack the tin and create in one-on-one situations.

3. Bench Scoring: Gordon, and to a lesser extent Jerebko, are the only real bench scorers Detroit has on its roster. Villanueva can get buckets as well when he is actually on the floor, but the Pistons finished 27th in the league in scoring, partially due to their poor point production from their reserves.

4. Find a Sucker: If I were Joe Dumars, I would hope to find some trade partner to take Villanueva and/or Gordon. Villanueva is owed more than $8 million dollars this season and has a player option worth almost $8.6 million for next season - he would be idiotic to turn that down. Gordon will make $12.4 million in 2012-13 and has a $13.2 player option for 2013-14. Those two guys and the cap space they take up are part of the reason Detroit is sort of in a holding pattern for another two years.

If the Pistons can find a suitor to take either guy and get an expiring contract in return, it would accelerate the revamping of their team. It certainly won't be an easy task getting another team to take either guy and his bloated contract though. Detroit also still has its one-time amnesty option, and Villanueva would certainly be a candidate for that.

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