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The 23-36 #Pistons will host the 21-39 New York Knicks Monday night at the Palace of Aubrun Hills. The Knicks come into the Palace losers of their last six games, while Detroit have lost their last four.

The good: The Knicks are playing just about as bad as the Pistons are of late, so this is a great chance for Detroit to get back on track.
The bad: It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the Pistons are horrible on the defensive end but when you read the statistics it makes you feel even worse. They are ranked among the league’s worst, allowing 103.7 points per game, it’s been getting worse in the past few games. Their last seven opponents have averaged 112.3 points while shooting 49.6 percent. Turrrrrrable
Isiah Thomas FurThe unknown: If there is any truth to the rumor that Isiah Thomas is in line to take Joe Dumars GM spot, than Tom Gores is a total nut. If Thomas is ever a part of this team, get ready to be a fan of the Toronto Raptors.

Pistons: Chauncey Billups (left knee surgery) is out.
Knicks: Andrea Bargnani and Kenyon Martin are out.

Stat: Detroit is 1-1 against the New York Knicks this season.
Stat: Carmelo Anthony is averaging 29.5 points against the Pistons this season.

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.

The Pistons didn’t find anyone to take what seems to be the mistake that is Josh Smith off their hands. It was reported by Grantland’s Zach Lowe that the Pistons tried to dump Smith before the deadline, but wanted more than expiring contracts in return.

They also didn’t find the right deal to send Greg Monroe elseswere even though his name was on everyone’s lips when it came to the Pistons.

Detroit didn’t have a legitimate move, so they didn’t make one at the trade deadline.

Their goal of getting into the playoffs looks bleaker and bleaker with each passing game.  Making the playoffs only to get tossed in the first round has never seem like a smart idea.  Being on the cusp of bad doesn’t help this team either since they only keep their first round pick if it’s in the top eight.

I’m not for tanking, but at this points losing isn’t going to get me as upset as it should.

What also comes into play is Joe Dumars and if he’ll have a future role with this team. The Pistons have some major things to deal with in the off-season like free agents.  Greg Monroe will be a restricted free agent and Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva will  be off the books.

Will Gores stick with Joe Dumars or will there be a new GM in town to deal with the off-season deals.

I can only hope that the lottery balls fall in Detroit’s’ favor since nothing else seems to be going as planned.

Greg Monroe and Andre DrummondFor the last six years, this phrase has defined the Pistons. Every year, fans hope things will turn around. Every year, things end about as badly as they possibly could. Just enough wins to remain out of prime draft position; just enough losses to leave everyone with the empty feeling of a completely wasted season. They luck into two top five talents in Monroe and Drummond, who slid almost miraculously in semi-consecutive drafts, but Monroe wasn’t even the best player available (Paul George went three spots later), and the questions about how the two fit together have so far been answered with a deafening silence. Coaches have been reluctant to play them very much together, and the two have demonstrated precious little compatibility in that time.

Despite moderate upsets against the Nets and Nuggets (which weren’t enough to save Maurice Cheeks’ job) and interim coach John Loyer’s first win against a depleted Spurs team that, frankly, didn’t need or want the win very much (their only able-bodied stars, Duncan and Parker, played about 20 minutes apiece), this team has proven much more in the season’s first 51 games than they possibly could in the final 31. Given owner Tom Gores’ comments that he believes the team is much better than their record (the mantra of every bad team ever), it stands to reason that the firing of head coach Maurice Cheeks might be the team’s lone trade deadline move.

The Pistons have achieved a similar level of futility in seasons’ past with far lower expectations and far more flexibility to look forward to, and they still stubbornly pursued doomed runs at hopeless playoff berths. So it stands to reason that this season will be no different. They simply don’t have the assets to be buyers at the deadline (expiring contracts just aren’t the commodities they used to be), and Joe Dumars might not even be trusted to make any personnel moves before his contract is allowed to quietly expire. That means the most likely outcome at the trade deadline is that they stand pat and hope for the best. Whether or not they succeed in their misguided attempt at a shallow playoff appearance, this outcome would fall under “the worst.”

At this point, the best case scenario for the Pistons this season is a close approximation of the 2008-2009 season where they won 39 games and were swept out of the playoffs in humiliating fashion. (If you remember, back when this fan base had standards, this season was considered a complete disaster.) It’s unrealistic to expect them to achieve their goal of threatening to win a series, or even being a dangerous playoff team. For that, they would need to secure at least a 6th seed, which looks quite unrealistic at this point. By any standard set at the start of the season, this campaign is already a failure. There simply isn’t very much to gain by staying the course.

Brandon Jennings Pistons vs. Magic 12-27-2013

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By bringing in Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith last summer, they certainly upgraded the talent base, but assembling a basketball team isn’t like talent soup, where the more pure talent you add the better off you are. As the Pistons have proven in both their best and worst times, chemistry is the most important ingredient. Basketball, more than any other major sport, favors the ability to field the best player and the best five man unit. This is why you can surround LeBron James with a D-League supporting cast and have a real shot at making the Finals. And why last year’s Portland Trailblazers, who had a strong starting lineup but no bench whatsoever, were significantly better than last year’s Pistons, whose second unit was almost in-arguably better than its starting lineup.

Building up the talent base was necessary, but just as necessary is that they make adjustments so that the pieces fit. Clearly the trio of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond is not working. Staggering their minutes so that only two of them are on the floor at a time is probably the best way to maximize their effectiveness, but that won’t maximize the team’s resources. And for a middle market team that has struggled as mightily as Detroit has over the past half decade, maximizing resources is absolutely essential. Debate all you want about whether or not a team can win without a superstar, but no team ever achieved any level of success in this league whose best three players couldn’t play together.

Andre Drummond NBA Detroit Pistons WallpaperGiven that Drummond is the unquestioned franchise player and Josh Smith is probably here to stay (after all, we were the high bidders for him and his value has been going nowhere but down) it just doesn’t make sense to make a long-term commitment to Greg Monroe, who hasn’t adapted well (or at all, really) to the power forward spot, a position he’s known was his future since the team drafted Drummond nearly two years ago. Any long-term commitment to Monroe at this time, even in the event that Josh Smith was somehow traded, would necessarily be based on the baseless hope that both he will suddenly, out of nowhere, with no real incentive (read: money) to do so, adapt his game to a position that obviously doesn’t suit him.

If the Pistons stand pat at the deadline, before the team can take any steps forward in July, it will first take two huge steps backwards: Greg Monroe will get a colossal pay raise, and Stuckey will be renounced– lost for nothing– in order to free up as much cap space as possible (roughly $10 million in this case). And then the only real avenue they have to fix the worst perimeter in the league will be that scant $10 million in cap space. Just for starters, this team needs a legitimate shooting guard and small forward– preferably ones who play on both ends of the court– and it’s hard to imagine $10 million luring even one starting caliber wing to Detroit. And somehow this represents this summer’s best case scenario.

If another team (say, the Washington Wizards, who have already expressed interest) extends Monroe a max offer sheet, the Pistons have three days to match it. So if that happens on the first day of free agency (and it’s likely they would want an answer sooner rather than later, so they can use that money to pursue other targets) the Pistons only have three days to convince free agents to take their $10 million before it shrivels up to a number much closer to $6 million. Perhaps there will be a new General Manager in town, and with him at least the hope of a cultural shift away from the dysfunction that has marked the last half decade, but it’s hard to imagine quality free agents jumping at the chance to sign right away with the team that’s done nothing but kill the careers of coaches and players alike over the last six years.

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Nobody can be sure what will happen or what the environment will be like, but is that a chance worth taking? If the team ends up being forced to match an offer sheet for Monroe before it can bring in any free agents, in terms of maximizing their buying power, it would make more sense to re-sign Rodney Stuckey (instead of renouncing him and losing him for nothing) and just add perimeter help via the mid-level exception. With the mid-level exception being just over $5 million, and our projected cap space after matching a max offer sheet for Monroe (and renouncing Stuckey) being just over $6 million, we would effectively be bringing Stuckey back for just a $1 million cap hit. In terms of putting a basketball team together, no matter how you value Stuckey, I don’t think you could argue that bringing him back isn’t worth sacrificing $1 million in buying power.

This isn’t to say that Stuckey would necessarily re-sign with the Pistons, and as an unrestricted free agent he has the power to sign wherever he wants. This just illustrates the position the team could very well find itself in under very realistic– perhaps even probable– circumstances. One where bringing everyone back (well, almost everyone; sorry, Charlie) and improving only via the mid-level exception (the bare minimum tool any team over the cap has at its disposal) could actually be the best achievable outcome. This possibility should scare anyone, because it means very little is likely to change. There is simply too much outside of the organization’s control to assume that they’ll be able to bring back Monroe for anything less than a max level contract, or that they’ll even have as much as $10 million to spend on perimeter help before matching his offer sheet.

It’s also unlikely to expect that the Pistons will have sign-and-trade options with either player. If Monroe signs an offer sheet with a team that’s under the cap, they will have no obligation or incentive to send assets back, and given Stuckey’s consistent inconsistency in play and health, it’s unlikely to expect the team that takes a flyer on him to send anything of value our way.

If the off-season plays out predictably, the next order of business would be trying to shop Smith, but he still won’t be in a position to succeed. Remember when we tried getting Rip Hamilton and Ben Gordon to coexist? Those contracts were pretty atrocious on their own, but having them together on the same roster made it impossible to showcase either one of them to establish any value. The end result was buying Rip’s contract out and, worse yet, mortgaging a first round pick to get rid of Gordon. That isn’t to say the situation will be quite as bad with Monroe and Smith, but you’d think this team would have learned its lesson about attaching incompatible players to rich, long-term overlapping contracts. The likelihood is just too great that the team languishes in mediocrity for the first two or three years of Monroe’s four-year extension while trying to get rid of Smith, all the while dealing with the unenviable balancing act of keeping Monroe happy while showcasing Smith.The likelihood is just too great that the team will continue to flounder, Monroe will get increasingly disgruntled, the first half of his contract will be entirely wasted, and he’ll never stick around for another extension. It’s difficult to see the upside of this plan when Monroe and Drummond have done nothing to demonstrate that the Pistons can build around them at all, let alone build a contender.

If the organization had half as much patience as they ask of their fans, they would be very active at the trade deadline. True, they don’t have the assets to be buyers, but they have a wealth of assets to be sellers. Let’s be honest: If the Pistons weren’t already attached to Greg Monroe, and he was an unrestricted free agent, they would be the last team lining up to give him a max contract. They simply don’t have the luxury of tying up all their money in incompatible post players. Being the absolute worst team in the league at scoring outside the paint, they should be much more concerned with bolstering their perimeter to balance the roster and create space for the post players they’ve already committed to.

Greg Monroe Pistons vs. Sixers

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By trading Monroe before the deadline, the team offers its trade partner a serious boost with a minimal cap hit, since Monroe is still on his rookie contract. His Bird rights also come with him, so they would have the right to match any offer sheet another team might offer him (and chances are they’ll be a team in need of post help, so he wouldn’t be just a rental anyways). And the Pistons have plenty of contracts to mix-and-match and get the best possible return; if they wait until he’s signed an extension, they’ll have to take back a lot of money. Furthermore, any team that gives up serious assets for Monroe would be making a much stronger statement in terms of their commitment to him than his current team simply holding onto him. This could go a long way towards discouraging other teams from extending him an offer sheet. Holding onto him just isn’t as strong of an endorsement, and it only makes sense that someone will put the Pistons to the test. At worst, their money is tied up for three days; at best, they’ve forced an opponent to pay top dollar for their own free agent.

Perhaps equally important, in its own way, would be cashing in on Stuckey’s contract year and shipping him to a playoff team for future assets. It would be a shame to have waited so long for him to develop (and sacrificing so much in a failed attempt to build around him) only to lose him in free agency seven wasted years later, with nothing to show for our troubles. And for what? A desperate attempt at a hollow playoff berth that’s only even within reach because the East is unbelievably bad. “Making the playoffs” can’t possibly feel like an accomplishment when you’re nowhere near .500 and make the cut purely by default. And with so little room to grow, having no first round pick, no movable assets, and just a sliver of cap space. Regardless of what General Manager inherits this team, he (or she?) will have precious little flexibility to improve things. And if you’ve been following the Pistons this season, you know that is a very bad thing.

Standing pat at the trade deadline is welcoming disaster. It virtually guarantees that the team we’ve seen on the court so far is pretty much what we’ll be looking at for the next several years. In a best case scenario, Monroe and Smith suddenly blossom into completely different players out of nowhere and for no reason. In a worst case scenario, we miss the playoffs, lose our first round pick to Charlotte, and come back to do this all over again next year. And the year after that. And the year after that.

The only way a team stays as bad as the Pistons are for as long as they’ve been is their stubborn insistence on winning as many games as humanly possible in the here and now, regardless of how low their ceiling was. And it looks like this year is shaping up to be no different. But if they have the vision (and patience) to make a few calculated subtractions in an already fruitless season, they could enter the summer with a bounty of picks and prospects (their return for Monroe and Stuckey), possibly including their own first round pick, and as much as $20 million in cap space (since they won’t have to worry about setting aside money for their own free agents). This translates to a tremendous amount of flexibility and, for the first time in a long time, hope.

According to CBS Sports’ Matt Moore’s report, based on the David Aldridge article on NBA.com, the Pistons will match any offer sheet signed by Greg Monroe, even if it is the maximum dollar value applicable under the recent collective bargaining agreement.  From the report:

2. Greg Monroe, Pistons (restricted free agent after 2013-14)

The Pistons, one of the league’s bigger disappointments this season, fired coach Maurice Cheeks on Sunday off orders from owner Tom Gores. What that means for their immediate plans with Monroe are up in the air. For the moment, the Pistons remain adamant that the 23-year-old Monroe is a key part of their future, alongside second-year center Andre Drummond.

But they opted not to give Monroe an extension before last October’s deadline, though they can match any other team’s offer he’ll receive next summer. The problem, as the Pistons knew last fall, is that Monroe’s agent is David Falk. He has gotten the price he said he’d get for his clients for two decades — and he says the price for Monroe will be a max contract.

Two years ago, when a big deal for Indiana’s Roy Hibbert, a Falk client, seemed doubtful, Falk created a one-team market. Portland dropped a four-year, $58 million sheet on Indiana for Hibbert. The Pacers matched, and are no doubt happy they did, but Falk proved he can still find suitors when he has to for his guys.

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If Falk finds a team ready to give Monroe the max or something close to it, expect Detroit to match the offer sheet and worry about the money later. At worst, you’d have a 24-year-old, 6-foot-10 power forward under contract that you’d then be able to shop. The Pistons had to lose a lot to wind up with top-10 picks in three straight Drafts. Those assets mean more to them than they probably do to others.

This news should come as no surprise to Pistons fans as recently Tom Gores has reiterated his opinion to anyone and everyone who has listened, that the team has more talent than it has shown in its record.  Monroe, 23, is entering the final year of his rookie wage scale contract and the Pistons will be able to retain his exclusive rights this offseason by extending a qualifying offer to him, thus making him a restricted free agent.

It only makes sense to keep Monroe around because he is still an asset to the organization, and has proven that he can adjust his role based on what the team needs as he has suddenly slipped from the 1st option on offense to something that resembles the 2nd, 3rd or 4th option on offense depending on how the others are performing.  He is currently experiencing a career low percentage in “usage rate”, while still putting up solid offensive numbers when given a chance to play with the ball in his hands.

The Pistons are playing their first game under new Interim Head Coach John Loyer tonight at The Palace at 7:30pm, against the San Antonio Spurs.

The #Pistons did what they were supposed to do on a snowy Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills against a lesser opponent, dominate them. Detroit treated their fans to a 113 – 96 blowout against the Philadelphia 76ers, making it just the second time this season that they have strung together two consecutive home game victories.

Key Points:

  • Five Pistons in double figures and three with double-doubles. The usual suspects being Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, but Kyle Singler added another tying his career high in rebounds with 10.
  • The last time Detroit had three players with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds was Dec. 3, 1997 when Grant Hill, Bison Dele and Lindsey Hunter all reached those numbers in a 108-103 win over Phoenix.
  • Andre Drummond started the game off on a mission and really showed the league that they make a mistake no selecting him as an All-Star reserve. Drummond finished the game with 22 points on 10-if-11 shooting, with 14 boards and a ridiculous five blocked shots. Did I mention this steal for a Dummified dunk to start the second half?


  • Don’t forget Greg Monroe who also posted big number going 8-for-10 for 21 points, with 12 boards, three assists and four steals in 28 minutes.  If he ends up going at the trade deadline there will be a ton of unhappy Pistons fans out there.
  • Drummond and Monroe were a combined 18-for-21.
  • Great night for Singler to put up a good game.  Stuckey with just eight minutes on the floor scoring just one point.  Stuckey was complaining of dizziness.
  • I so want to root for Gigi Datome, but the limited minutes he does get never seem to amount to anything.  He was 0-of-4 in seven minutes on the floor.
  • Caldwell-Pope with 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting.  Looks like it’s going to take at least a full season to get his shot consistent.  I do however like what he does on the defensive end.
  • Smith, 4-of-10 for nine points and nine boards. I don’t think I’ve come across one Piston fan that can say they like him.  If you’re that fan please let me know.
  • Brandon Jennings is always looking for his shot.  He was 6-of-17 for 20 points and just four assists.
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  • Bynum, who is notorious for looking for his own, had six assists in just 22 minutes.  Brandon was on the floor for 37.
  • Kid Rock and Pistons owner Tom Gores in the house.  I’m pretty sure Gores does not own a long sleeve shirt. Despite Gores Always Sunny attire, he claims he understands this team needs time.
  • Nice to see Detroit hold a team to under 100.
  • I’m really getting to like the other Josh more and more.
  • It’s fun to watch when they play like this, isn’t it?
  • Monday in Miami should be different.

After each game this Pistons fan would to tell herself, “it’s ok things will get better.” And after each game of telling myself that, I looked into the mirror and realized how unrealistic and idiotic I was being.

I no longer utter those words to myself. Why? Because this team is a train wreck.Fennis Dembo

I’ve watched them through the teal years. I’ve watched the selection of Mateen Cleaves, Rodney White and Darko. I watched Fennis Dembo and William Bedford ride the bench, and even cheered for Pepe Sanchez when he got garbage minutes. And for some reason I have a maroon Stacey Augmon Pistons jersey.

So why after being so positive though all of my years as a fan has it come to this?

Andre Drummond NBA Detroit Pistons WallpaperBecause this year was supposed to be different. This was the year they were supposed to turned the corner after being in limbo for more years than I care to remember.  They have a superstar in Andre Drummond, but the pieces around him don’t fit the puzzle. This team is broken and I blame the one person I always gave a pass to.

In Joe Dumars I don’t trust…anymore.

In Joe Dumars I don't Trust

How do I loathe thee…let me count the ways.

  • Allen Iverson
  • Michael Curry
  • John Kuester
  • Keeping the Championship team together too long
  • Ben Gordon
  • Charlie Villanueva
  • Austin Daye
  • Rip Hamilton’s extended stay
  • A player mutiny
  • Jason Maxiell’s extended stay with a healthy payday

I can go on and on, but I won’t. It’s been said enough times by most of you. So now what?

Bless Joe D, he’ll still always be one of my favorite players of all time, and I thank him for the many years of happiness on court and off with the Pistons.


He brought us championships as a player and a GM,  but he also had many gifts fall in his lap like Greg Monroe, Andre Drummand and even Ben Wallace. They need a fresh start.

Tom Gores at The Palace

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I’m also not putting all the blame on Dumars, he had issues when he couldn’t do much during the sale of the team.  And I’ve seen enough of Tom Gores to know that he could care less about this basketball team.

You can spend hours of time and possibly your sanity on the trade machine, but things like that just never seem to work out.  Pistons fans are in a tough spot. You wish for a trade that may help this team in the future, but you’re afraid of the outcome of the trade.  It’s also terrible to think that this team miss out on anything before the deadline.

And do you trust that freed up cap space can be used wisely?

Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon

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I also can understand many of you who at this point would rather see this team tank for a pick then have them slide into the playoffs in the awful Eastern Conference only to get dismantled in the first round.

I don’t know why, but at times I feel the need to apologize myself for this mess to someone who cared more than all of us put together. Sorry Bill.

Bill Davidson

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So now we just sit back and watch this team that isn’t gelling get hammered by teams at the bottom of the barrel. But guess what…this team is the bottom of the barrel.

They need help, or a miracle.

The 3-5 #Pistons are in Los Angeles to take on the 4-7 Lakers Sunday night. Detroit will try to end their West coast trip with a win in LA against a struggling Lakers team that has dropped their last two games.

  • The good:This could be just the kind of game that the Pistons need, the Lakers give up an average of 104 per game, ranking near the bottom (as does Detroit) of the league. If Andre, Greg and Josh Smith have halfway decent games Detroit is sure to come out of this game with a victory.
  • The bad:Detroit has lost seven of the last eight games against the Lakers, but this Lakers team hasn’t been able to get things together without Kobe Bryant. The Pistons aren’t exactly sparkling on the defensive end giving up and average of 110 points on their four game losing streak.
  • The unknown:The question that many Pistons fans have been asking is how the minutes are getting divided up. Jonas seems to be buried, Datome is barely getting any playing time and most would like to see more KCP, especially after his solid performance against the Kings. The biggest questions is will we see Pistons owner Tom Gores court side in LA and will he be dancing after a Pistons victory?

Tom Gores DanceTip off is at 9:30 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.

What a night!  The Palace was rocking from the opening introductions to the final tip as the Pistons beat the Washington Wizards 113-102.  Much was said about the Pistons this offseason – the expectations are high from everyone after the signing of Josh Smith, the surprise play of Andre Drummond last year, and Greg Monroe’s continuing maturation into one of the game’s best big men, and last night all 3 showed flashes of what people have been so excited about all offseason.

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  • Rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope showed flashes of why the Pistons thought so highly of him in the draft – he finished with 9 points in 27 minutes, but he showed that he’s going to do what it takes to make Piston fans accept him with his hard nosed perimeter D (2 steals), and his aggressive cuts to the basket for easy dunks and layups.
  • Josh Smith is a box score filler, and last night didn’t disappoint: 19 points (3-7 from 3), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block.
  • Chauncey Billups received the largest ovation of the night during pre-game introductions, and Natalie was there to capture it.
  • The Wizards and their fans are as excited about their young backcourt, as we are about Monroe and Drummond.  Bradley Beal and John Wall combined for 39 points on 14-49 shooting, with Wall finishing with 11 assists.
  • Trevor Ariza was hot from 3 in the first half and ended up leading all scorers with 28 points (6-11 from 3)
  • Did anyone else notice the emotion from Greg Monroe last night?  Monroe dominated on the offensive end which lead to several trips to the foul line (15 attempts) to go along with dunks and layups finished with mean mugging and primal screams.
  • The movement on the offensive end was impressive – all of the Pistons that played came out with high energy and they played well as a team.
  • Coach Cheeks did what Lawrence Frank couldn’t do, he won his first game as Coach of the Pistons.
  • With Stuckey out for the foreseeable future until likely Friday’s game against Memphis (thanks pistonsfan101), and Brandon Jennings out another week or two with a fractured jaw, the backcourt rotation of Bynum, KCP, Billups, and Kyle Singler stepped up with big numbers and solid defense on the young Wizards backcourt.
  • Who else heard the MVP chants by the crowd when Billups was announced with the starters?
  • Andre Drummond is going to earn the mantle of “Putback King” from Natalie after several emphatic dunks off of teammate misses.

You watch these guys all preseason and you think to yourself, “well, they’re only playing preseason.  Let’s see what they do in the regular season”, and you expect them to come out a little flat with Coach Cheeks’ new rotation.  With Siva, Mitchell and Datome all relegated to “new guy” minutes, Coach Cheeks leaned heavily on Monroe and Smith to play extended minutes, and he counted on Chauncey to get 31 minutes out of his weary legs.

Aside from the 18 turnovers, the Pistons looked great on both ends of the floor.  With both teams being teams that love to run in the open court, the score was not surprising.  The score was as close as it was thanks to solid 3 point shooting by the Wizards, which counted for approximately 30% of their points for the night.

Next up the Pistons travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies and familiar face, Tayshaun Prince.  The Grizzlies have a new coach as well, but still retain many of the pieces that lead them to deep playoff runs the last 2 seasons.  They will need to count on big games from Josh Smith, Billups and Bynum as reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph will match up well with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.  Should be a good early test for the young Pistons squad.

The #Pistons will open up the season Wednesday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills against the Washington Wizards. Detroit, with new head coach Maurice Cheeks will start this 2013-14 season with high hopes as they try to make the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.

  • The good: New blood, old blood, and new beginnings.
  • The bad: Brandon Jennings and Rodney Stuckey are out tonight.
  • The unknown: Will Chauncey Billups applause shake the rafters of Palace?  Who will be the last starter announced by Mason in pre-game introductions?
  • The known: Sheed is back!  Rasheed Wallace will return to the Pistons’ bench this year as a member of Maurice Cheeks’ staff.

The Starting Lineup:

  • PG: Will Bynum (7th year; Georgia Tech)
  • SG: Chauncey Billups (17th year; Colorado)
  • SF: Josh Smith (10th year; Oak Hill Academy)
  • PF: Greg Monroe (4th year; Georgetown)
  • C: Andre Drummond (2nd year; Connecticut)

Best of the rest:

SG/SF: #25 – Kyle Singler (2nd year; Duke)
SG: #5 – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Rookie; Georgia)
PG: #34 – Peyton Siva (Rookie; Louisville)
PF: #9 -Tony Mitchell (Rookie; North Texas)
SF/PF: #33 – Jonas Jerebko (4th year:;Sweden)
C: #55 – Josh Harrellson (3rd year; Kentucky)
SG: #13 – Luigi Datome (Rookie; Italy)
PF: #31 – Charlie Villanueva (9th year; Connecticut)
OUT – PG/SG: #3 – Rodney Stuckey (7th year; Eastern Washington)
OUT – PG: #7 – Brandon Jennings (5th year; Italy)

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 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.

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Here’s to a great 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?