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There are times in a guy’s career where he gets snubbed for an All Star team a time or two due to “paying dues”, or like in the case of Andre Drummond this season, because he’s just not on a good team.  The Pistons who are currently playing at a .400 clip, are not playing poorly due to Drummond’s play on the court.  Drummond, 20, is in the top 3 among all Centers in the critical statistical categories aside from blocked shots.  Let’s take a look at the numbers:

Andre Drummond
12.6 points
12.7 rebounds
60% field goal percentage
5.2 win shares

Roy Hibbert (All Star reserve)
11.8 points
7.8 rebounds
46% field goal percentage
4.5 win shares

Joakim Noah (All Star reserve)
11.7 points
11.7 rebounds
46% field goal percentage
5.3 win shares

(Don’t get me started on Chris Bosh, even though he has filled in admirably for the Heat with Wade out for extended periods of time.)

The numbers show that Drummond is deserving to not only make the All Star team, but he would be an acceptable starter if voted in by the fans.  Drummond can partially thank the recent change by the NBA to eliminate the Center position from the balloting, so now fans are not forced to pick a Hibbert or Noah (who would be the popular choices) or like in past seasons Jamaal Magloire.

He also has his team to thank for the snub.  The collective team has not played well enough in a weak Eastern Conference to elevate themselves into the playoff conversation, let alone to be represented in the All Star Weekend events.  Sure, Drummond will play in the “Rising Stars Rookie vs. Sophomores” game.  Had he been snubbed from that game, then we really would’ve had a problem.  (I believe Kyle Singler AND Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were both snubbed)
Andre-Drummond-Pistons-vs-Bucks-12-4-2013
As a group, the coaching staff and players should look to this snub as a personal affront and should serve as a cold, hard truth about how the outside world views them.  The team is broken as a collective group, but even the stars are overlooked in favor for lesser performers.  Greg Monroe is being the ultimate team player by playing out of position and putting up with career low usage.  Andre Drummond is dunking everything in sight, to the tune of what should be an All Star reserve nomination and he has nothing to show for it.  These are our 2 building blocks and they’re in the years of their careers when showing promise for the future means that they may want to stick around for the duration of their careers… and the bunch of guys around them are playing and working as if they have no clue what they’re doing or wasting away.

Maybe Drummond will receive some recognition if Noah by chance chooses not to play (he’s been injured a little lately), but even then the damage is done and the truth is in black and white.  The Pistons are so bad, even their best players aren’t good enough for the bright lights.

Turrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrible….

The 16-22 #Pistons will host the 13-27 Utah Jazz Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit takes the floor holding a two game winning streak, while the Jazz have lost their last four games on the road.

The good: Though it took a two last second makes from Josh Smith to beat the Suns, it seems like the momentum is going Detroit’s way.
The bad: The Pistons have lost 14 of the last 15 games against Utah. Detroit hasn’t won a regular-season series against the Jazz since the 2002-03 season. Utah is just one of those teams that no matter what the Pistons do just can’t seem to beat. This however is Detroit best chance in a while for a victory against Utah, who’s just not the same team it used to be.
The unknown: Will Trey Burke (the Detroit fan favorite in the 2013 Draft) show the Pistons why they should have picked him over Caldwell-Pope?  Burke’s 13.6 points per game would rank third among rookies if he had played enough games to qualify, while his 5.6 assists would be the second-highest average. He may have started slow, but Burke sure looks like a player in this league.
Injuries: Pistons – None
Jazz: Gordon Hayward – Game Time Decision

Stat: The Jazz is 54-32 all-time against the Pistons with a 33-10 record at home and 21-22 on the road.
Stat: Greg Monroe averaged 13.5 points and 12.0 rebounds against the Jazz last season.
Stat: Brandon Jennings tied franchise records previously held by Isiah Thomas for most assists in a quarter (11) and most assists in a half (16) vs. Phoenix (1/11)

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.

I can’t blame any Pistons fan who flipped the channel Friday night in the first quarter of the Pistons 76ers game.  The Sixers burst out of the game and had Detroit up 19-2 early in the first quarter.  What looked like another disappointing loss turned out to be the Pistons first victory in seven games, as they roared back in the third quarter to top the Sixers 114-104.

Key Points:

  • The first six or so minutes of this game could have driven loyal Pistons fans to drink giving how Detroit has played since they took down the Pacers on their home court.
  • Credit Josh Smith for turning his game around giving Detroit a lift and putting up a stat line that was needed and unexpected at the same time. Josh led the Pistons with 22 points (on cough….) 8-of-23 shooting  with 13 boards, seven assists, four steals and five blocked shots.  One of those blocks was a ridiculous two-handed denial.  Not saying things have turned around, but it’s nice to see a balanced line from Josh. He’s always going to shoot first, and a ton of them are going to be cringe worthy, but some nights he puts the team in a position to win.  I guess that’s all you can ask from him.

smithJosh Smith when asked about if it was easier playing a little power forward during the game.
“Yeah, because the majority of the time, the guy that you’re guarding is around the rim as opposed to having to having to guard a spot-up jump shooter that you have to be a little closer to him. I just wanted to be active, fly all over the place, and set the mark on what we needed to do to win.”

  • Seven Pistons in double figures.
  • Great game for Will Bynum who was a +20 going 6-of-11 for 16 points, eight boards and three assists in 34 minutes. Can’t however let the five turnovers slide.
  • 18 turnovers on the night for Detroit.
  • Bless Chauncey Billups, his only basket was a much-needed triple.  He played just 7:23.
  • Detroit with a better 42.6% percent on the night.
  • A Pistons 15-2 run put them over the top in the third.
  • Kyle Singler with 16 points, eight boards, three assists a steal and blocked shot.  I wouldn’t be surprised that if there were a lineup change, it would be a swap of Singler for Pope.
  • Stuckey still struggling with his shoulder, played just three first half minutes.
  • Big Andre Drummond with another double-double. Dre scored 11 with 12 boards and a staggering 6 blocked shots.  Are you voting for him in for the All-Star game?
Andre Drummond Pistons vs Sixers

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  • Greg Monroe, who’s been the talk of trade rumors of late, added another double-double on the season. Monroe scored 15 with 10 boards and a steal.
  • A bounce back for Brandon Jennings who has really been struggling to score. Brandon with 19 points on 4-of-10 shooting, with six assists, three boards and two steals in 28 minutes.

Highlights via NBA.com


  • Detroit won the board war 62-42.
  • The Sixers scored 64 of their points in the paint to 50 for Detroit.
  • Detroit led by just two late in the fourth quarter 100-98, but pulled away scoring five in a row and never looked back.
  • Caldwell-Pope with 12 points going 2-of-4 from downtown, with seven boards, and three steals in 30 minutes.
  • Saturday night for a second game of a back-to-back against the Suns will be a tall task for Detroit.

The 10-12 #Pistons are in New Orleans for a second game of a back-to-back against the 9-10 Pelicans. The Pistons, who lost both contests to the Pelicans last season, would love to extend their four-game road winning streak especially after the horrible showing against the Timberwolves on their home court Tuesday night.

The good: The Pelicans will be without two of their big names in Tyreke Evans and Anthony Davis.
The Pistons have outscored opponents by an average of 11.5 points during their road winning streak.
The bad: Detroit game up a season-high 121 points and recorded a season-low four steals Tuesday night.

 caldwell-popeKentavious Caldwell-Pope “We have to go back to the drawing board, we have a game tomorrow so we have to get ready for that one, We have to just let this one go and get ready for the next game.”

The unknown: Can Chauncey Billups shake off the rush on his shot after his injury?  Can Gigi Datome ever consistently make a shot with the role he’s been thrown into?
Injury Report: Rodney Stuckey is listed as questionable, while Bynum is still listed as doubtful with his left adductor strain.

Andre Drummond Cartoon QuoteStat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 62.7%
Fact: Andre Drummond needs one steal for his 100th career steal.
Link: Andre Drummond rands 3rd on ESPN’s 25 and Under NBA Rankings behind Anthony Davis and Paul George.

Tip off is at 8:00 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.

Watching the Pistons in Tuesday night’s game at the Palace of Auburn Hills against the Minnesota Timberswolves, you’d bet all the money you had that this team could never have beaten the NBA Champs a week earlier.  Detroit looked terrible against a mediocre Minnesota team losing, 121-94 on their home court.

Key Points:

  • Brandon Jennings led the way for Detroit with 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting with six assists on the night. The scoring numbers are good and his assists keep growing, but it Jennings doesn’t start playing better defense and stop turning the ball over this team is in for some serious ups and downs. The Timberwolves back-court made Brandon look like a high school player scoring on him with ease.  He finished the game with six of the Pistons 20 turnovers.
  • Kevin Love and Minnesota’s center Pekovic  out-shined the Pistons Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.  Love was outstanding scoring 26 with 16 boards and seven assists.
  • Minnesota just played harder going to the line 33 times to the Pistons 16 foul attempts.  I will however say that the refs were a little biased toward the visiting team.
  • Best part of the game for a Pistons fan was this behind the back assist from Brandon Jennings to a trailing Andre Drummond for the Dunk.


  • This team need to work on their defense more than Gigi needs a shave and a haircut.
  • Speaking of Datome, he missed all of his six shots he attempted in garbage time.  He may never get going if he doesn’t get consistent minutes.  You can’t ask someone who’s never been in the NBA to hit his shots at a drop of a hat.  If he could do that he would have been a NBA player a long time ago.
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a career-high 16 points and grabbed four boards.  He’s improving every game he’s out there.
  • Never thought I’d say this but, this team misses Rodney Stuckey who’s still sidelined with an injury.
  • Chauncey Billups finally returned, but was just 2-of-7 for seven points in 18 minutes.
  • Josh Smith put up 17 on 7-of-14 shooting making just one of this five three-point attempts.
  • The Timberwolves led by as much as 30.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • Andre Drummond’s streak of six straight games with six or more offensive rebounds ended.  He finished the game with eight boards, eight points and two blocked shots.
  • I’m ready to wash this one away, but that all depends on what they do against the Pelicans on Wednesday night.

It was a Sunday matinée in Brooklyn as the #Pistons beat the Nets 109-97.  The star of the show was Rodney Stuckey, who has had the best start to a season of his career. Stuckey, who’s leading the league in points off the bench,  scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half, leading the Pistons to their best half this season.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons outscored the Nets 65-46 after trailing at halftime.
  • Take note: When Joe Johnson starts hitting his shot, double team him. Johnson couldn’t seem to miss scoring a game high 34 points while going 8-for-10 from downtown.
  • The Andre Drummond show is becoming a hit in the league.  Dre was a point shy of his 8th straight double-double. Did you know he’s added a freakishly good hook shot to his repertoire?  You can see his tools coming together better each game.  He finished with nine points and 10 boards in 27 minutes on the floor.
  • The Nets went to the foul Andre and send him to the line strategy I’m sure issued by “assistant coach” Lawrence Frank.  That’s the one department that Andre needs to improve on drastically.
  • They were actually fun to watch on Sunday, especially after being at the game and watching them lose one they really should have won on Friday night.
  • Give credit to the Pistons for sticking with this one. They trailed by 12 late in the second quarter before cutting their halftime deficit to seven points.
  • Brandon Jennings, who’s had trouble of late with his shot, put up a  double-double with 14 points and 10 assists. This was one of the most intelligent games I’ve seen him play in a Pistons uniform.  He didn’t force shots and he ran the offense well.
  • Solid double-double for Greg Monroe with 18 points and 11 boards.  With Lopez on the bench for the Net, Greg dominated down low.  Add the hustle and a couple of sweet and 1′s to Moose’s highlight reel this season.
  • Yes Rodney Stuckey has been brilliant. Whatever he’s taking or doing, he’s making a case for a nice contract and upping his trade value.  Rodney with a season high 27 with 6 assists, 4 boards and two steals.
Rodney Stuckey- Pistons-vs-Nets-11-24-2013

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  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s struggles with his shot continue. He was 2-of-10 for five points on the night.
  • Shouldn’t they at least see what Datome can do? He’s not going to score by leaving him on the bench and giving him a minute or two here and there.
  • Charlie Villanueva sighting. CV31 with eight points, two blocked shots, and three boards in 12 minutes.
  • Josh Harrelleson has played himself in the rotation and is doing a heck of a job in limited stints on the floor.
  • Josh Smith got his starting job back after missing practice, but his shot still isn’t there. He went 4-of-9 shooting for 12 points.
  • Highlights Via NBA.com


  • 56 points in the paint for Detroit and just 26 for the Nets.
  • Busy week for Detroit starts Monday at the Palace against the Bucks.

The #Pistons lost another to the Hawks Friday night 96-89 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. As if two losses in a row to the Atlanta Hawks didn’t hurt Detroit enough we find out there is a little added early drama to start the lackluster season. Josh Smith came off the bench for the first time since  2005. Smith didn’t come off the bench because his shot wasn’t hitting, even though it’s not. Cheeks sat the Pistons star free agent signing because he skipped practice.

Smith skipped Thursday’s practice after Wednesday night’s game in Atlanta.

Maurice Cheeks: “I called a practice and he didn’t get back to practice.”

Cheeks said he decided to practice on the team flight back from Atlanta and when Smith didn’t return, Cheeks made the call minutes before Friday night’s game when he informed the team.

“He just didn’t get back,” Cheeks said when asked what was the reason Smith gave for not making practice. Via The Detroit News

Key Points:

  • Smith sure could have used some practice he couldn’t’ hit a shot Friday night going 0-for-7 in 19:32 on the floor. Not a great way to start your tenure with a new team. It reminds me of a certain someone who decided to skip a Thanksgiving practice when he got traded to Detroit. Wasn’t necessarily stoked at the Smith signing and this doesn’t help matters.
  • Smith hasn’t went scoreless since December of 2004.
  • Kyle Singler starter in place of Smith and scored a game hight 22 points.
  • Once again Jeff Teague did all the right things for the Hawks.  When Brandon Jennings picked his pocket and when the other way for an easy layup the 6″2 Teague hustled back and blocked his shot. That pretty much put the game away for the Hawks. Atlanta led 92-89 at that point and Detroit didn’t score the rest of the way.
  • For as bad as Detroit played, they were in that game until the final two minutes.
  • Despite Brandon Jennings 14 assists on the night he was brutal in the final minutes of the game. He was just 1-of-6 in the final eight minutes of the game. He finished with eight points.
  • It’s getting pretty scary, we know they are having huge issues on the defensive end and now they’re so called sharp shooters can’t score.
  • Kentavous Caldwell-Pope was just 4-of-14 for nine points, and three boards.  He had a few nice defensive plays on the night and finished with 4 steals.
  • There was a two-minute Jerebko sighting.
  • Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe each had a double-double.
  • Why aren’t they running more plays for Monroe and Drummond in the paint.  They should be targeting them early and getting the bulk of their points from the big guys since no one else can seem to hit their shots.
  • Drummond with another huge game. Dre scored 15 on 6-of-7 shooting for 15 points and 16 boards.  Add the two blocked shots and we have an All-Star on our hands.
  • Josh Harrellson is proving he should get more minutes.  He scored seven on 3-of-3 shooting with five boards in just 11:13 on the floor.
  • Singler with hustle out of the gate scoring a career high 22 points with three boards, a steal and a blocked shot.
Kyle Singler Pistons-vs-Hawks-Nov-2013

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  • Stuckey won’t let up! Rodney with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting with five boards and an assist in 30:48. Where has this Stuckey been?
  • Monore with 11 points and 11 boards.

Highlights via NBA.com


  • It’s one thing to be in almost every game that they play, but they have got to find out what they need to do to win them.
  • Let’s see what they can do Sunday in Brooklyn.

The 4-6 #Pistons are in Atlanta Wednesday night to play their first game of a home-and-home with the 6-5 Hawks. This will be Josh Smith’s first return to Atlanta after spending his entire career with the team before signing with Detroit as a free agent this summer.

  • The good: Look for Josh Smith to have something to prove in Atlanta. When he was with Atlanta Josh helped lead his team into the playoffs on multiple occasions and holds plenty of franchise records. To make matters worse, Smith claims they did very little to resign him.
  • The bad: The Pistons have lost nine straight on the road to Atlanta. The fact the Detroit is still vulnerable on the defensive end, giving up the most point per game in the leagued doesn’t help the matter. All Horford and the rest of this teammates will be sure to exploit the Pistons D if they don’t buckle down. Al Horford averaged 21.0 points and 15.7 rebounds against the Pistons last season.
  • The unknown:It’s still not known if Chauncey Billups or Will Bynum will be back, they are each listed as day-to-day.

Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 67.4%
Fact: Josh Smith became the first Pistons’ player to record 20-plus points, eight rebounds, seven assists, five steals and four blocks when he recorded 21 points, eight rebounds,seven assists, five steals and four blocks at Sacramento on 11/15.

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

It’s tough for most #Pistons fans when Detroit heads off on their Western trips. It means long nights of games starting at 10 or later and finishing when most would be asleep. I’m happy to say I deiced to save myself of a lethargic Wednesday by turning this one off and going to bed after the Warriors had built a 19-point lead to close the first quarter.

Thinking maybe they made a game of it I turned on the TV when I woke up and fired up the Tivo. I had made the correct decision to go to sleep, that game ended as awful as it started. The Warrior made the Pistons look like an over-matched D-League team in their 113-95 victory on their home court.

So if you did as I did and decided this one was too later for you, you made a great decision.

Key Points:

  • It had to be embarrassing for the Pistons, Golden State just kept knocking down shots. It was so bad the Cheeks tried whatever he could to swing the game the Pistons way.
  • You know it started bad if Cheeks put in Caldwell-Pope and Tony Mitchell to try to get things going.

Maurice Cheeks “I was a little disappointed in our effort. You can’t get down 20, 25 points” – it was 19 after a quarter and ballooned to 29 late in the third quarter – “and be happy with the effort.” Of the use of multiple players and starting the second half with Smith and Billups on the bench, Cheeks denied he was sending messages. “I just wanted to change some things up. It wasn’t about their effort. I just wanted to try to get something a little different.” Via Pistons.com

  • Don’t think that this was just a game of three-point shots for the Warriors. The Pistons gave up a ton of easy baskets in the paint, 54 points to be exact.
  • Note to self and fellow Pistons fans. It’s great to watch games like this when you can hit the fast forward and double speed button. It lessons the pain.
  • Gigi got some time scoring 10 and knocking down a couple of three-pointers.  Detroit is in desperate need of outside shooting, hopefully he can help.
  • In case you’re wondering the Pistons Andre Drummond is the fifth best center in the league and has one of the best shooting percentages. Andre led the Pistons with 16 points and 14 boards in the loss.
Greg Monroe Pistons vs Warriors

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  • Greg Monroe continues to play well and clearly been this teams best player since the season started. Monroe scored 15 with 5 boards, and two steals in 30 minutes on the floor.
  • Detroit on a four game losing streak going into Sacramento.
  • It’s great that the Pistons are scoring, but they wont win many games if they can’t hold teams below 100 points.
  • Golden State shot 50% from downtown and 60% on the night.
  • Josh Smith 18 minutes with two points on 1-of-6 shooting.
  • Caldwell-Pope 4-of-11 for nine points.  You can see he’s go a nice game, I’m just not sure if he’s ready yet.
  • The Warriors biggest lead was 29 points.
  • I suggest you don’t watch the low-lights.
  • I’m doing a mind erase on this one and hoping that two days rest with help the Pistons get their third win in Sacramento on Friday.

The 1-1 Pistons host the 0-2 Boston Celtics Sunday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Boston would like to  avoid losing their first three games for the second time in three seasons, while Detroit would love to get a win after the though overtime loss against the Grizzlies.

  • The good: The great start to the season by Rodney Stuckey and the possible return of Brandon Jennings with mask.
  • The bad: This Celtics team is a different one, bad for them good for Detroit.
  • The unknown: Will this be the first (good kind) of blowout for The Motor City?

This will be a debut of the Pistons new alternative Motor City jerseys.Detroit Pistons Alt Jersey

You can still get in the door to watch opening night festivities. Tickets as low as $12 with no ticket fees! Offer code: gopistons

Tip off is at 6:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.