The 6-20 Pistons are in New Jersey for the first game of a home and home against the 8-18 Nets. Detroit would love to add another W in their win column and make it three in a row. New Jersey on the other hand has lost three in a row, but just beat the Pistons a week ago. The Nets haven’t won since.
- The good: Looks like Will Bynum, Ben Gordon and the masked Brandon Knight will be ready to play today. In other news, it looks like Walker Russell has got himself a guaranteed contract.
- The bad: The Pistons aren’t exactly lighting teams on fire on the road.
- Who to watch: Deron Williams, and all the other Williams’ that NJ has on their squad. Greg Monroe…do I have to even keep saying that?
- The unknown: With Knight, Bynum and Gordon set to return I’m curious to see how those minutes will be distributed. Especially with the job Walker Russell was doing while they were out.
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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.
Earlier today, Rodney Stuckey and the Detroit Pistons agreed to a 3 year, 25 million dollar deal to bring the 4 year guard back to Detroit. The roster is now coming back together, and showing some semblance of a legitimate NBA roster (by legitimate I mean that all of the positions and appropriate depth are starting to fill out).
Kris Humphries (PF-UFA), most recently of the New Jersey Nets, should be a guy that Joe Dumars pursues next to fill out the front court. Humphries, 26, is a guy who, aside from his television exploits with former wife Kim Kardashian, personifies the “Going to work” mentality that a lot fans of love about the Pistons.
In 74 games last year with the Nets (44 as a starter), Humphries shot 53% from the field, and averaged 10.4 rebounds and 10 points per night. If you’re going to push to play Greg Monroe at the 5, even though he’s not a true center, you could do a lot worse than Kris Humphries alongside him as the starting power forward. Humphries is not great on the block as a defender, but he is an excellent defensive and offensive rebounder and knows how to put the ball in the basket on putbacks.
There hasn’t been a lot of talk about Humphries, outside of his failed marriage that I mentioned earlier. It is likely that he’ll find a new team, as the New Jersey Nets look to continue to clear cap space for a run at Dwight Howard next offseason. I think it’s reasonable to expect a guy like Humphries will take the full mid-level exception, and he’s a guy that it would be worth signing to that kind of a deal. Somewhere in the 4 year, 22 million dollar range will lock him up through the early portion of his prime, and will allow him to hit the market again ready to sign for a much larger deal in the middle of his prime.
Obviously, this is a bit of forward thinking but look at how the roster shakes out with a potential Humphries signing:
Don’t kill me for slotting Jerebko so far out in the rotation, this rotation should show who I would have as the “odd man out” with the team still having their amnesty clause to use until the start of the next NBA season (Villanueva). I think Jerebko is kind of limited due to his slight frame against PF, and his foot speed to guard SF. I think his hustle and work ethic will push Villanueva out, but I don’t think he’s deserving of a starting spot in the league until he fills out and becomes a true PF.
I think what you see with that starting lineup is a team that could push for a playoff spot, solely based on its depth. That lineup makes the Pistons one of the deeper teams in the lower seeded playoff teams, and it’s a lineup that could make some noise as Brandon Knight improves and Rodney Stuckey evolves into his more natural shooting guard slot. This also is a roster that doesn’t have too many bad contracts for the talent, aside from Tayshaun and depending on how Stuckey plays with his new deal.
What do you guys think? It’s pretty obvious that the Pistons need 1 more big man. Maxiell is a little played out, and it’s hard to count on Ben Wallace for anything more than being a mentor to Greg Monroe at this point in his career. Am I way off base?
Greg Monroe won the matchup of the night by scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against Derrick Favors, the first big man taken in the 2010 NBA Draft. The rest of the Pistons took advantage of a very bad Nets team by getting off to good starts of both halves on their way to a 92-82 win. The loss gives the Nets 24 road losses to go with 3 road wins, and it moves the Pistons to 2 games over .500 at home, 13-11.
The Pistons backcourt had issues keeping track of Anthony Morrow, he went off for 22 points and was 1 of only 2 Nets players to score in double figures on the night. Former centerpiece of the Jason Kidd trade Devin Harris contributed 13 assists in the losing effort.
Let’s look at some highlights:
- Tayshaun Prince had the most complete stat line of the night as he finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
- New Jersey’s “putback king” Kris Humphries scored 6 points and had 9 rebounds off the bench for the Nets in the loss.
- CV still isn’t right after his ankle tweak from a couple games ago – he only played 10 minutes and contributed 1 foul, and 1 turnover.
- The player of the night had to be Greg Monroe – it didn’t matter who he was matched up against, he outhustled (5 offensive rebounds), he d’d up (2 blocks), and moved his feet (only 2 fouls in 42 minutes).
- Rodney Stuckey missed the game due to his right shoulder injury – get well soon, Stuck.
- Richard Hamilton was deactivated
- Johan Petro played well off the bench – 6 points and 6 rebounds with 1 block in 10 minutes. I wouldn’t mind him being on the team if the Carmelo trade were still to happen.
- Hopefully with his night tonight, Greg Monroe has cemented it in to Coach Kuester’s head that he needs to start 100% of the time whether Ben Wallace is healthy or not.
Highlights of the game via NBA.com
Now that’s a Bynumite killer crossover! (via NBA.com)
Tune in tonight as the Pistons take on Scott Skiles and the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee.