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The 22-30 #Pistons will host the 23-30 Charlotte Bobcats at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit is within a half-game of the Bobcats for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference when they take the court on Tuesday night in their first game of a home-and-home with the Bobcats.

The good: Andre Drummond’s spectacular performance in Friday night’s Rising Star game. Drummond is playing some very good basketball of late scoring in double figures in a career-high eight straight games, averaging 15.8 points and 15.0 rebounds while shooting 67.1 percent from the field.
The bad: Despite the Pistons play of late their loss to the Cavaliers was a little disheartening.
The unknown: Will the Pistons make a move before the trade deadline? Some say that Monroe and Stuckey deals seem very plausible.
Injuries: Pistons: Josh Harrellson (knee) out.
Bobcats: Brendan Haywood and Jeffery Taylor out.

Charlotte Bobcats and Detroit Pistons Stats

Via Pistons.com

Stat: Detroit has won eight of the last 10 games against Charlotte.
Stat: Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 26 points in the loss on 12/20. Kemba Walker scored 34 points to lead the Bobcats to the 116-106 win.

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

Peyton Siva ToonThe newest #DetroitPistons guard Peyton Siva is tooned. The Pistons second round draft pick officially signed his contract on Monday. A spot on the roster became available for Peyton with the Brandon Jennings trade.

Siva showed plenty of potential with his play in summer league while making himself some new fans in Detroit.

Follow Detroit Pistons on TwitterMake sure you follow @PeypeySiva3 on twitter and welcome him to Detroit.

You may not have been stoke about Dumars passing on Trey Burke, but don’t count out Kentavious, an athletic wing that can knock down shots, something Detroit sorely need.

Complimenting his first round pick Dumars went with Tony Mitchell of North Texas State with the 37th pick. At 6-foot-8¾ and 236 pounds with a 38-inch vertical leap Mitchell was viewed as a lottery pick when the college season started, but he had a sophomore season that set him back.

“From a talent standpoint, this is somebody who could very well be the best athlete in the entire draft,” Pistons assistant general manager George David said. Via Pistons.com

Louisville vs South Florida by by Tim GirtonThe Pistons finished the night by drafting Peyton Siva a point guard of Louisville’s NCAA championship team, with the 56th pick. Siva, a three-year starter, averaged 10 points, 5.7 assists and 2.2 steals a game for the Cardinals in 2012-13.

This pick may say two things, Detroit is hell bent on making Brandon Knight their point guard and their probably not going to re-sign Jose Calderon.

You’ll get to see both of them soon during the Pistons Summer league play in Orlando that starts on July 7th. Siva will play point guard, Caldwell-Pope likely will be the shooting guard, though the Pistons expect second-year player Kim English to be in Orlando, as well. Khris Middleton will be the small forward with Mitchell at power forward and Andre Drummond at center.

Say what you will about the Joe’s picks this year, but he had ‘stones passing up Burke, and finishing the draft the way he did.  He knows his job is on the line so maybe he’s got more up his sleeve.

I’m sure you’re just like me and you’re shocked that Detroit Passed on Trey Burke and picked Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who wasn’t even a dot on most Pistons fans radar.

At this point, what is Joe Dumars thinking?

More to come ….

From Draft Express

Caldwell-Pope posted fairly high usage numbers, as his 17.6 possessions per-game ranks fifth in this group (third among high-major conference SGs), and is a reflection of just how heavily Georgia relied on his ability to put the ball in the basket last season.

His play-type usage doesn’t really stand out from the crowd, as he did a little bit of everything last season, but his 5.1 combined pick and roll and isolation possessions per-game does set him apart from McLemore and Oladipo, as he used more than twice as many possessions creating his own shot in the half court than any guard projected to be selected in the first round.

Caldwell-Pope’s biggest weapon when he looked to score was his pull-up jump shot. With nearly three-quarters of his shot attempts coming from the perimeter in the half court, roughly half of which were off the bounce, he scored a second ranked 1.118 points per-shot as a pull-up jump shooter, an impressive mark relative to his average 1.066 points per-shot in catch and shoot situations.

If Caldwell-Pope has a weakness on paper, it is his average finishing ability relative to his peer group. A 55.6% shooter in transition and 53.7% shooter at the rim in half court situations, he hovers right around the mean in both categories. Turning the ball over on a sample second ranked 10.6% of his possessions, Caldwell-Pope’s low turnover rate certainly helped compensate for his issues around the rim last season.

It’s time (for me anyway) to start thinking about the Pistons again.  I hate to say it but I’m extremely underwhelmed by this draft class.  It’s not as if someone Detroit drafts at 8 will help this team, but I just don’t see a blatant superstar in the bunch regardless of the draft position.

Would I be stoked if Detroit had the #1 pick this season…no.  Why? Because as a Pistons fan I’d have this thought in my head, “It figures Detroit would get the #1 pick this year.”

It’s the cynic in me, but that’s just the way I think.

I’m hoping for the best as I’m sure most NBA fans are when it’s time for their team to step up to the podium, but I’m not counting on much this season.I will however be at the Pistons Draft party tonight at the Palace to watch the pick live and listen to what Dumars and they new Piston have to say.  I’ll make sure I tweet out the goodies, so follow me @Need4Sheed_com if you don’t already.

Who’s on your wish list?

“Mo Cheeks has emerged as the strong frontrunner to become the Detroit Pistons’ head coach, on a contract could begin soon, league sources said.
Maurice Cheeks has been a part of Scott Brooks’ Oklahoma City staff for four seasons. Detroit’s ownership and management reached a consensus on Cheeks as their choice, league sources said.
Cheeks was a finalist for the job along with another ex-Portland Trail Blazers coach, Nate McMillan.” Via Yahoo Sports

Some of you may remember Cheeks as the head coach of the Philladelphia 76ers for “05 to “08 and some of you, like myself remember him as a heck of a point guard in the NBA.  Cheeks was a late second round pick who played 15 years in the league. Cheeks ranks fifth all-time in steals and tenth all-time in assists. When he retired  in 1993, Cheeks was the NBA all-time leader in steals and ranked fifth all-time in assists.  He averaged 11.7 points per game in his 15 season.

As an NBA assistant coach under Larry Brown he helped lead the his Sixers to the NBA Finals in 2001.

As a NBA head coach he didn’t have much success, missing the playoffs in his first two seasons and leaving the Sixers with a losing record.

So what’s so great about the Cheeks eminent hire?  He’ll help Brandon Knight become a PG.

Will he turn this team around?  Not with the roster that’s in place.

Should Pistons fans be excited? I’m not, but a coach alone isn’t the thing that is going to catapult this team into contention.

Next step for Detroit is roster moves (if any) and the NBA Draft.

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?

Yes, I said it and don’t you forget it.  Andre Drummond will erase Darko Milicic from the minds of Pistons fans.

Andre DrummondHe hasn’t played a single official NBA game, but by the looks of things “Andre The Giant” is going to make every team that passed him up cringe when they go up against him.

If you’re like me you enjoy the preseason to get a chance to see what the new kids on the block can do.  Drummond has done nothing but impress in my eyes.  Take for instance Friday night’s game against the Hawks when he went up against one of my favorite non Pistons Al Horford.  Al tried take advantage of Andre, but when Horford when up for his shot, Drummond swatted it away like it was nothing more than his little sister trowing a wiffle ball his way.

Drummond played  just 16.5 minutes per game in the preseason, but still managed to average 9 points, 5.9 rebounds per game and 1.4 blocked shots.

He’s going to have to work on his foul trouble and will have to put in more work at the line that all of the Pistons combined, but right now the sky is the limit for Drummond.

I made a bet that’s a sure lock about Andre.  I said he’d be starting by January, but right now I think it may be much sooner than that.  Even this quote from Lawrence Frank seems to confirm it.

Angry Cartoon Lawrence FrankLawrence Frank: “People say development — well that means playing time, to me development is always based on merit because the worst thing – you can look at it with a exception of a couple guys — guys who don’t get it based on merit, it usually doesn’t play out real well for them. Guys that get it based on merit, they understand the process. To me, whether you are young or old, it has to be based on merit.”

“He is a sponge,” Frank added. “He soaks it all up. It is one of his greatest traits. He is a very, very willing learner. He is a fun guy to coach.”

“He is still 19 and still a rookie, but he is picking up everything they are trying to help him (with),” Monroe said. “You can never put expectations on an unknown. It’s not like this is a guy who has played for two years. This is a guy without any kind of NBA action, so everything that happens is kind of going to be a surprise. I am interested to see how he does. Obviously, I hope he does well because he can help our team out a whole lot.”

Is Andre going to help erase the black mark on his GM career that is the Human Victory Cigar Darko Milicic? Yes, but there will always be those people what said that Drummond fell to the Pistons. You know and I know that he did, but at this point we shouldn’t really care because he’s going to be putting up numbers for the red, blue and white.

If you’re not convinced that Drummond is going to do great things, just check out the great highlight mix made by DJxNVxME

Yes…can you believe that the Pistons finally got their Center?  When David Stern called Andre Drummond’s name as the Pistons #9 pick in the draft the crowd at The Palace of Auburn Hills went wild, myself included.

Who would believe that Drummond would actually drop to nine?

Joe Dumars was interview before Drummond got on the call and was interviewed by George Blaha and Greg Kelser.  I was in the front row and when Joe Dumars came up on stage someone in the crowd shouted “you lucky bastard” in which Joe Dumars responded “yes, yes I am.”  Priceless!

Here is the audio of our newest Piston CENTER Andre Drummond.