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The First Annual, once in a decade Pistonees vote has come to a close and we have tallied up the winners and are ready to open the envelopes.

Who did you vote for?

Did your pics go home with the statue?

Bennie, Jeff and yours truly announce and dissect  the award winners that you picked.

Here are your  the Pistoneee Winners.

Bennie, Jeff  and Natalie with the Pistoneee Winners – The Best of The Detroit Pistons

This is what happens when I have some time on my hands, I grade our Pistons.

Rip Hamilton

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His didn’t get consistent playing time because of injury, but Rip still has game left in him.  He’s a shooter that sometimes has very bad judgment when it comes to shot selection.  I blame some of that on the fact that he doesn’t have a “Billups like” point guard looking for him as he’s coming off screens.  He can put up 35 on any given night, but he can also go 2-for-17 another night.  He can’t create his own shot and I wish he would stop trying.

I have to give him credit for getting his teammates involved lately, but that’s not enough to give him a passing grade just yet this season.

Angry SheedGrade – Un-Sheedtastic

 

Tayshaun Prince

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As much as Pistons fans love Tayshaun Prince, he’s been fading for the past couple of seasons.  You can’t help but blame this seasons shortcomings on injury, and you can’t blame his past seasons on anything but inconsistency.  Rookie or not, Jonas Jerbko is outplaying and out hustling Tayshaun Prince this season and looking at what he’s done for Detroit this year, J.J. even outshines what Tay did all of last season for the Detroit.   And yes, the Pistons are 1-10 when Tayshaun has played this year.

Angry SheedGrade – Very Un-Sheedtastic

 

Rodney Stuckey

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Stuckey is making strides, big ones, but is he the guy to build a team around?  The jury is out on that one, but as this point the Pistons don’t have much choice in the matter, he’s their guy. He has those shining moments that make you take notice.  He can take over a game and put his team in the position to win.

He needs to work on getting his teammates more involved at times, but he seems to be working on that.  His jumpshot has improved and he’s getting more calls.   Like it or not, he turns the ball over….a lot.

He’s improved each season but,  not as fast as Pistons fans would like.  Mark my words, he’ll be an All Star soon, but how soon is good enough?

Happy SheedGrade – Potential to be a solid Stucktacular.

 

Charlie Villanueva

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Oh Charlie, I had such high hopes for you.  It’s either a huge game or a huge flop, nothing in between.  And the similarities between Charlie V. and Sheed are too close for comfort.  He’s one of the Pistons only scoring big men, we don’t need him to stand around the perimeter and jack up threes.  He hasn’t impressed me at all on court yet.

We were told he was soft and allergic to defense and grabbing boards, and I think he’s really trying to do better in that department, but he’s not solid yet.

Great guy off court, but until I see more consistency I have to be honest.

Angry SheedGrade – No post playing Un-Sheedtastic

 

Ben Wallace

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When Dumars signed Ben Wallace I didn’t think he had anything at all left in his tank. I mean did you see him play in Chicago and Cleveland?  It was quite sad.  However I was fine with the signing, who can you really get for the price of an extra value meal now days anyway?

Ben has been reborn.  As soon as he tiptoed back to the Palace, he turned into the 2003-05 Ben Wallace that we all remember.  He’s leading the team on court and showing the only presence on the defensive end that Detroit has to offer.  The flow of the games usually depends on Ben’s game.  If Ben is on, so are the Pistons.

Of course he still has a miserable foul shot, but who cares.  The no fro’ed Wallace is the only consistent part of the team all season.  He’s above and beyond what anyone could have ever dreamed.

Happy SheedGrade – A Benified Sheedtastic

 

Ben Gordon

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If Gordon didn’t get injured I’m almost positive this grade would go different.  Ben was tearing it up in the beginning of the season.  His best games came when Rip was out and he was inserted in the starting lineup.  Pistons fans saw the Gordon that Joe Dumars and the rest of the league loved, but once he turned his ankle things just haven’t been the same.

He may have come back a bit too early and re injured himself, but his shot has been nothing but streaky when he’s been out there.

Happy SheedAngry SheedGrade: ½ Sheedtastic

 

Jason Maxiell

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I went from being a huge Maxiell fan to constantly doubting myself wannabe Maxiell fan.  So what happened to the man I once called the Putback King? Didn’t he have some spectacular blocks that gave us so much hope?

Maxiell went from being a zero to a hero then right back to a zero again.  He shows flashes of the player we thought he would be….but they have never amounted into anything other than a flash here or there.

If he doesn’t come through soon, I’m going to have to give up on Maxiell and his horrible contract. Sorry Maxi, please prove me wrong.

Angry SheedGrade – A non Baby Eating Un-Sheedtastic

 

Will Bynum

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Bynumite is not his name, it an adjective used when he’s well….Bynumite.    He’s surprised a lot of people this season and last, but we haven’t had enough of his this season for his game to be useful to the team.  He’s a spark plug when he’s on court, he gets the ball where it needs to be, and yes he sometimes is guilty of trying to do things himself, but do you blame him when he’s got the explosiveness to fly by just about anyone facing him and then dunk on a 7 footer?

The Pistons need Bynum healthy.

Happy SheedGrade- A Bynumite Sheedtastic

 

Jonas Jerebko

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Who would of thought that this Jonas brother like Jonas would do more than have the young ladies swooning.  I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only on who said….Dumars just drafted a Swedish guy nobody heard of.

Boy what a pleasant surprise.

The injuries opened the door for Jerebko and he made sure it’s not going to close any time soon.  He’ll hustle, scrap, scrape, steal, rebound, tip and dunk his way up and down the court every minute he’s standing on it.  He’s been asked to guard the leagues best and he’s been up to the challenge.

Does he make rookie mistakes?  Sometimes, but his heart and hustle make up for them.

Throw in his very gelled, never  a hair out of place look and he makes the grade.

Happy SheedGrade – Swedetastic

 

Austin Daye

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The very tall, very thin, very Tayshaun like Austin Day hasn’t had a ton of time on court this season, but he done well when he’s called upon.  He’s not afraid to take the big shot, and he’s been known to make a three here and there.  He can play 4 positions on the floor and at 6’11 is the second tallest player on the team,  tallest if you don’t count Kwame.

He’s had his moments, and in fact I would like to see more of him.

Happy SheedGrade – Sheedtastic

 

Chris Wilcox

I was hoping this Chris Wilcox would be the Chris Wilcox that used to wear yellow and green for Seattle.  Remember that guy, he used to be a Piston killer.  Instead we got the Chris that mainly rides the pine and has a killer quarter or two when he finally gets on court.

Angry SheedGrade – Un-Sheedtastic

 

Chucky Atkins

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A little more PG Chucky and a little less taking shot Chucky.  Yes he’s made a few big shots this season, and he did come up huge when the Pistons were on that winning streak early in the season, but I would rather he him deferring to the guys on court that don’t need Just for Men.

Angry SheedGrade – Almost-tastic

 

Kwame Brown

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Bless his heart he tries, but the hands will never catch up to the pass.  Great guy, but he’ll never be more than what he is.

Angry SheedGrade – Un-Sheedtastic

 

DaJuan Summers

What happened to the rookie that was touted as the one that was truly NBA ready?  DaJuan can’t get playing time and when he does, he’s unable to keep it.  I see potential, but I’m not willing to watch him play through his mistakes right now.  Have we not suffered enough this season?

Grade – Un-SheedtasticAngry Sheed

 

John Kuester

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The only coach that would have us, has done a admirable job.  Yes we went through a miserable 13 game losing streak, but I don’t blame that purely him.  Heck, he had this team winning with Chucky Atkins at starting point guard and three all stars sitting with injuries.

When he can get this bunch to play a full 48, he’ll be a winner in my book.

Angry SheedGrade – Record Don’t Lie Un-Sheedtastic

 

 

 

Arnie Kandor and Mike Abdenour Cartoon

Special recognition goes to Mike Abdenaur and Arnie Kandor, who have to be as overworked as ever infusing the fountain of youth serum to Ben Wallace while trying to heal ankles with voodoo.

The Pistonees - The Detroit Pistons Awards

Bennie and Jeff had a brilliant idea to hand out Pistoneees. What are Pistoneees? Well they are the Pistons Decade awards voted on by you …the people.

Listen to the Nominations and then make your final decisions and vote.

Vote – The Best of The Detroit Pistons Decade

Bennie and Jeff with the Pistoneees – The Best of The Detroit Pistons

Like Bennie and Jeff mentioned, we will be announcing the awards later in the week, so get to voting.
I will put up a link to this post at the top of the page for easy access to voting.

Who is most deserving of a Pistoneee? You decide!

The Pistons looked good for about 3 quarters last night against the Spurs, but a fourth quarter collapse made their now 11 game slide inevitable. Even Rip Hamilton’s’ game high 29 points was not enough as the Pistons lose another to the Spurs 92-112.

Key Points:

  • Jason Maxiell, who didn’t play a minute in the Pistons lost to Dallas, started in place of Jonas Jerebko and finished with 5 points, 2 steals and 7 boards . I for one was surprised with the change.
  • Nice to see McDyess smiling again, even if it’s not with The Pistons.
  • Rodney Stuckey, who finished with 13 points, 4 boards and 0 assists in 24 minutes. Stuckey tweaked his knee early in the game and didn’t play much of the fourth. No word yet on his status.
  • Rip Hamilton led Detroit with 29 points om 12-22 shooting with 2 assists a steal and one board.

Rip

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  • Recap with Greg and George

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  • Tayshaun still looks hurt, but he did have a nice block.
  • 14 for Charlie V in 23 minutes.
  • The final score didn’t really tell the tale of this game, Detroit really did have a chance until mid fourth quarter.  I knew it was over after a really bad Ben Gordon turnover with about 6 minutes to go.
  • Seriously, when is Ben Gordon going to get his groove back? 4-for-12 shooting with 11 points and 5 turnovers. Not good, not good at all.
  • I have to cut the recap short for this one, but feel free to add more in the comments.
  • Where is the D?  The Spurs shot 58% for the night.
  • Ok, can we really (seriously) start talking about tanking yet?
  • I will leave you with the NBA.com low lights.

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Despite not having four key players suit up for the Pistons, a 40 point game from Carmelo Anthony and Mr. Big Shot on the other side of the court, the Pistons gutted out a 99-101 win.

Key Points:

  • No Will Bynum, Ben Gordon, Tayshaun Prince or Rip Hamilton.
  • Chucky Atkins playing like mad – his shot may have been off a bit, but he made some great plays in a ton of time on the floor because of Pistons injuries. Atkins finished with 9 points, 2 steals, 3 assists and 2 boards in 35 minutes.
  • The Need4Swede name change could possibly happen. We get hustle, rebounds, reverse layups, plus an and-one thunder jam over Afflalo. What can’t he do?
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  • Jonas finished with 12 points, 8 boards and a steal.
  • Board war won again 43-37.
  • 17 lead changes with 14 ties in the thriller.
  • 11 turnovers for Detroit and 40 points in the paint.
  • Austin Daye is not afraid to take big shots. Day had 7 points on 3-for-6 shooting with an assist and a board in 22 minutes.
  • How about Charlie Villanueva stepping up BIG time, the man was playing both ends of the floor. CV31 finished with 27 points, a blocked shot, 5 assists and 5 boards in 35 minutes off the bench.

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  • Charlie Villanueva Post game interview NBA.com
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  • Huge three for Charlie V followed by another three from rookie DaJuan Summers…it was huge in the fourth.
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  • DaJuan Summers picking the pocket of Carmelo Anthony, had to make him smile more than it did Pistons fans. And we were smiling.
  • Hard to not root for Mr. Big Shot.
  • Another Wilcox DNP.
  • Seeing the ball in Chauncey Billups’ hands for the last shot was scary, but Detroit’s D cut off his three and bothered his layup to preserve a Pistons win.
  • Kwame Brown probably playing the best basketball he’s played in quite some time. He has been solid in his role as a Piston.
  • Pistons hustle all through the game was a pleasure to watch. Gone are the mailing it in days and I love it…win or lose.
  • Chucky Atkins tweaks his ankle too? Now Mike Abdenour and Arnie Kander are going to have to suit up.
  • Ben Wallace was simply amazing, key plays with minutes left from Ben Wallace won this game. My goodness the man grabbed 16 boards with 7 points, 3 steals and a blocked shots in 35 min. Can he be considered for the most improved player? If not we need to name an award after the man…Fro-less of the year?
  • Back to Back games….skeleton crew, four game winning streak, HUGE!
  • Rodney Stuckey has been turning games around when he needs to lately. He started hot and finished with 25 points, 3 assists and 2 steals.
  • So many guys stepped up in this it was amazing. You can say everyone who played, contributed big in their own way.
  • 40 points from Melo, great game Chauncey (21) and the Pistons still pull it out.
  • What is going to happen to this team when Tay and Rip are back?
  • Someone give John Kuester a hug or a cookie for me, the man is making a team of rookies and vets look like All-Stars.
  • What a win, that’s 7 straight games over the Nuggets.
  • Highlights of the Game via NBA.com
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  • If you saw this one and are a Pistons fan…you’re smiling right now. Feel free to comment away.

Thanks to a clutch basket at the end of the game from Rodney Stuckey the  Pistons beat their former teammate Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers 90-86.

Rodney played great all night and poured in 27 points to lead all scorers.

  • Rodney Stuckey Post Game Interview

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  • Solid play from Kwame Brown and Chucky Atkins.
  • 12 turnovers – it’s getting better.
  • 11 points for LIEverson on 3-for-10 shooting.   I said before the game that if he got more than 12 I would be disappointed.
  • The Need4Sweed indeed…. Jonas with 17 second half points.
  • Rodney Stuckey and Jonas Jerebko highlights.

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  • No Ben Gordon, who sat out nursing his ankle.
  • Will Bynum seems to have sprained his other ankle playing just 18 minutes in the win.
  • What do we have to do to get Rodney more time at the 2 when everyone is healthy?
  • I’m leaving the rest of the recap to you, Need4Sheed has been bitten by the flu bug, so please feel free to fill in where I left off.
  • Highlights of the Game NBA.com

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As always, The Detroit Pistons 2009-2010 Detroit Pistons Introductions followed by a very heartfelt dedication to Pistons owner and Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame Bill Davidson.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFy6h2KlDag

Ben Wallace with a HUGE ovation and being there I can tell you that he had to have felt the love in the building.  Ben Gordon, who started in place of the injured Richard Hamilton got a nice ovation, but overall I was impressed by the love for Will Bynum….BYNUMITE.

No Sheed, no post intro dance, that I missed.

PISTONS WAIVE DERON WASHINGTON

Roster Now Stands At 14

“Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that the club has requested waivers on guard/forward Deron Washington.  He averaged 3.3 points, 0.6 rebounds and 6.4 minutes in seven preseason games.

Washington was drafted by Detroit with the 59th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.  He played on the Pistons’ summer league teams each of the last two years and averaged 14.8 points and 7.0 rebounds in 27 games for Hapoel Holon of the Greek League in 2008-09.” Via Pistons.com

The Pistons’ updated 2009-10 roster is a follows:

17           G      Chucky Atkins                       
38           C      Kwame Brown                       
12           G      Will Bynum                              
5             F      Austin Daye                           
7             G      Ben Gordon                             
32           G      Richard Hamilton       
33           F      Jonas Jerebko 
54           F      Jason Maxiell            
22           F      Tayshaun Prince   
3            G      Rodney Stuckey         
35           F      DaJuan Summers       
31        F/C      Charlie Villanueva       
6             C      Ben Wallace   
9          F/C      Chris Wilcox      
                

Could the current configuration of  this Pistons team be a stepping stone to future championships (EFC’s and the NBA)  like in 2001?  Well we do have Chucky Atkins and Ben Wallace back so who knows.

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On another note, those may be the best highlights I have ever seen from Jon Barry, someone needs to let him know.