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It’s been well stated by just about anyone who follows the Detroit Pistons that Andre Drummond got a raw deal when it came to the NBA All-Star game.  He was clearly better all season than the reserves that were picked in front of him.

Did the team he plays for and their record play a part in the selection process? Probably, but that doesn’t mean it was fair.

Dunkin' DrummondWell Mr. Drummond made sure that he made a statement on All-Star Friday night during the NBA Rising Stars Challenge with a record 25 rebounds, and adding 30 points while leading Team Hill to a 142-136 victory over Team Webber on Friday night and winning the MVP award..

Dre just didn’t care, he went after everything and that was evident from the start. Besides making a statement with the rebounding record, Andre dunked everything in sight.

To just anyone that follows the Pistons it’s what we expected from a young man that we hope this team will be built around in the future, but does that mean the NBA and the average fan took notice on Valentines day?

I think so.


Andre is everyone’s fantasy come true.  I can confirm that he’s put my Fantasy Basketball team in first place with his stats, but more importantly he’s putting my Pistons on the map with is extraordinary play.  And I’m pretty sure he went out of his way to prove his point.

The good thing for Andre is that he did two things.  He avoided the ridiculous 2014 All-Star uniforms, while proving he’s got what it takes to be the next NBA Super Star even if he plays for the Detroit Pistons.

All Hail the MVP!

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The NBA shouldn’t’ make a mistake like this again….but they will.

 

 

After squandering their cap space in the summer of ‘09 on two of the worst contracts of the past decade, Joe Dumars has begun to embrace the tried and true approach to rebuilding a team in the NBA – keep payroll flexibility, acquire lottery picks, don’t miss on those picks. But Dumars must also properly and proactively evaluate the talent on his own roster. His most important evaluation this season, is Brandon Knight.

Knight won’t turn 21 for another month. Although he showed flashes last year, he raised many doubts as to what his future ceiling may actually be. Certainly rushing to judgement on a young point guard is senseless. But this is precisely why Dumars must soon identify whether Knight will ever be capable of dominating games. If Knight is not destined to be a difference maker, then his trade value will never be higher than it is right now. He has the perfect combination of an appealing trade piece: a cheap contract, talent, and youth.

To win in this league today, you need a core unit of 3 elite level players. Greg Monroe looks close to getting there. Andre Drummond is capable of getting there. Beyond that, no one on this roster projects to coming close, meaning they should all be expendable with the ultimate goal of finding that 3rd piece. The 1st round pick sent to Charlotte in the Ben Gordon trade leaves the Pistons with one fewer coveted asset to build with. But it also gave them the cap flexibility to facilitate trades. Detroit may not be able to attract a high level free agent on the open market. But they can trade for one looking for a new deal like the 76ers did with Andrew Bynum and the Rockets with James Harden.

Dumars will likely be patient with Knight and hold onto him at least until his rookie deal expires. Patience is defensible. Though it’s fair to wonder how much of it Tom Gores will have. Brandon Knight is most likely destined to be a solid scoring guard who will have a long and productive career. That’s not a bad outcome for the 8th pick in the draft, but it won’t be enough to get Detroit back in The Finals. And really, isn’t that all that matters?

The Pistons All-Star Break Breakdown Podcast.

Need4Sheed PodcastDanny and I are back with a new episode of the Need4Sheed.com com Detroit Pistons Podcast. Fresh from the All-Star Break we break down the weekend, Greg Monroe’s performance, the dunk contest, the sale of the team, the Kuester situation, and our biggest disappointments of the season.

Danny also make a very BOLD prediction that may have you thinking he’s either a genius or just nuts.

Take a listen and by all means give us your feedback and questions for the next show.

New Need4Sheed.com Detroit Pistons Podcast – All-Star Break Breakdown

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The Pistons finally broke whatever curse that the Pacers had on them Wednesday night at the Palace in their 109-115 overtime victory. Despite shooting over 65% in the first half and looking better than they have looked in quite some time, Detroit managed to let the Pacers back in the game late in the forth quarter. You could say this one went into overtime because of the two not foul calls on the last play that Danny Granger looked like he committed on Tayshaun Prince.

Key Points:

  • Somethings got to give, Rip on the bench again in street clothes.
  • Tayshaun Prince looked like an all-star, leading the Pistons with 25 points on 11-for-16 shooting in 29 minutes on the floor. A double-double for Prince adding 11 boards and 2 assists in one of those games that Tay just takes over.

Tayshaun Prince: “I was very surprised, I felt the contact, not just before I shot, but once I shot, too. I was also surprised at the reaction he gave me. But we kept our heads in it in overtime. (Rodney) Stuckey played well for us in overtime, attacking the rim, then (Ben Gordon) hit some tough shots for us, too.”

Tayshaun Prince

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  • One of the better performances from Rodney Stuckey since he missed those games after the hard check by Melo against the Nuggets. Rodney scored 18 points with 6 assists in 28 minutes.
  • Congrats to Tracy McGrady who scored his 18,000th career point against the Pacers. He finished the game with 15 points, 4 assists and 5 boards in 29 minutes on the floor.
  • The dunktastic highlights via Pistons.com

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  • 56 points in the paint for Detroit and Indiana.
  • Ben Gordon playing like that guy we remember from the Bulls. Ben scored 16 points on 8-for-14 shooting in 30 minutes and put up the Pistons first four points in OT. Did I mention a sweet reverse circus shot?

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  • So what’s up with Josh McRoberts and his jams, great highlight all night from the Pacer.
  • Roy Hibbert got whatever he wanted all night long with a game high 29 for Indiana.
  • The Pistons led by as much as 12 in this one.
  • For all the dysfunction surrounding the team, they played just like one (a team) on Wednesday night.
  • Sometimes you just have to take a guy out when he’s letting the other team back in. Bynum scored 5 on 2-for-7 shooting with 7 assists in 17 minutes.
  • How about Chris Wilcox’s one handed alley-oop dunk from Charlie V! Chris with 12 points and 6 boards in 15 minutes on the floor.
  • Greg Monroe with 13 points on 6-for-10 shooting with 4 boards and 2 blocked shots. Can’t say enough about his game.
  • Don’t forget to watch Monroe in the All-Star Rookie/Sophomore game.
  • How do you shoot so well and have to go into OT?
  • The win gained the Pistons a full game in the playoff run.  The Pistons are 4 back from Indian for last spot in the East.
  • The sale and the deadline is looming so enjoy the All-Star break Pistons fans and hope for something when it’s over.

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SwedetasticI just wanted to remind everyone that Jonas Jerebko will be playing in the Rookie – Sophomore game Tonight (Friday) in Dallas.   I’m expecting a ton of Swedetastic highlights from Jonas.  I have a feeling he won’t disappoint.

Tip is at 9:00 PM EST on TNT, but if you want some inside info, @Ludiker a member of Team Need4Sheed is at the game tonight and promised us the scoop on what Jonas is doing in Dallas.  Make sure you are following @Ludiker and expect some live Tweeting during the game.

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Rasheed Wallace Trick Shot VideoIf you don’t know already, TNT and the NBA have added H-O-R-S-E to their All Star Weekend festivities and if Rasheed Wallace isn’t in the contest it will truly be a sham.

If these aren’t H-O-R-S-E skills, I don’t know what are.

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The NBA announced today that Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey has been selected as one of 18 players to participate in the 2009 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam being held on Friday, Feb. 13 in Phoenix during NBA All-Star 2009.

Stuckey will anchor the backcourt of the Sophomore Team that also includes Houston’s Aaron Brooks and Luis Scola, New York’s Wilson Chandler, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Jeff Green, Atlanta’s Al Horford, L.A. Clippers’ Al Thornton and Philadelphia’s Thaddeus Young.