Today we are going to be looking at how the Pistons have been performing up to now and how they can improve in the second half of the season. Before we start to review, I would like to remind you that we will be starting the Pistons Week in Review on Saturday, March 3 and adding a new post every Saturday until the end of the season. To stay updated on future posts, follow my Twitter here and like my Facebook page here.
First Half Review
The Pistons are 28-29 at the break but are 6-3 since acquiring Blake Griffin. I think the deal they made to get Griffin was worth it and might be the deciding factor as to whether they make the playoffs or not. I think the Pistons can easily be a 6 seed if they keep playing like they have been lately, but they can’t lose games to bad teams. I also think there are a few pieces they could add to make the team more prepared for a playoff push.
Ways to Improve
I think the Pistons should sign a backup center to give Andre Drummond some rest. The only other centers listed on NBA.com’s Pistons roster are Jon Leuer and Eric Morland. They are both listed as forward centers, and Leuer is out for the season. Also, Morland averages just 1.5 points and 3.5 rebounds a game. I’m not saying the Pistons have to trade away key assets to get a backup center, but if they can sign a free agent for a cheap price, or trade away unwanted players or picks (which should only be second rounders), they could make sure Andre gets the rest he needs to play extra games if they make the playoffs.
I also think the Pistons should trade away some of their guards. Once again according to NBA.com’s Pistons roster, the Pistons have 8 guards. I don’t see how they could get all of those players in games consistently, and they could potentially get some good items back for trading away useless players. Obviously, they shouldn’t trade away their best guards like Reggie Jackson, Ish Smith, or Luke Kennard, but they could trade away Dwight Buycks or Reggie Hearn.
This will conclude the Pistons Mid-Season Review, and I hope you will read the Pistons Week in Review when it starts. Also, vote down in the poll whether you think the Pistons are going to make the playoffs or not. Thank you!
Monday the Pistons and Clippers made a huge trade that put a lot of people in disbelief. Today we are going to be reviewing it for both teams and previewing the future lineup for both of these teams. To stay updated on future posts, you can like my facebook page here and follow my Twitter here.
Players the Pistons Received
The Pistons received 2 decent players and a superstar in Blake Griffin. One of the 2 other players were Brice Johnson, who averages just 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game, but only gets 4.2 minutes a game. The other was Willie Reed, who is more experienced. He averages 12 minutes a game in his career and 5 points a game. Blake Griffin’s stats are very good. Although his career has been filled with injury, in the games he plays, he averages 21.6 points a game, 9.3 rebounds, and 0.6 blocks a game.
Players the Clippers Received
The cost for the Pistons in getting such a huge player was harsh. The Pistons gave up small forward Tobias Harris, shooting guard Avery Bradley, and center Boban Marjanovic. The Clippers will also receive the Pistons first rounder and second rounder in the 2018 draft. Tobias Harris is a player that averages 14 points a game in his career and was having a breakout year averaging 18 this year. Avery Bradley is a defense-first shooting guard that averaged 15 points this year for the Pistons, and 1 steal a game. And Boban Marjanovic is a 7 foot 3 center who doesn’t get much playing time but could be like Yao Ming if he got enough experience.
Who Won the Trade?
I think the Clippers won this trade based on the past stats of the players involved but that the Pistons might win it if Blake Griffin stays healthy and has a good pairing with Andre Drummond. The Clippers got 2 good players and the Pistons only got 1, but the impact of taking 2 starters out of the Pistons lineup could be damaging, or not matter. I think Reggie Bullock will become the starting small forward and Luke Kennard will be the shooting guard. I also think the Pistons should get a veteran shooting guard to help Luke Kennard out because both him and Langston Galloway are fairly young.
The NBA free agency period started today, and already some big deals have happened around the league. Last night there were two big deals just before free agency started. Here are some of the deals that have happened so far.
Paul George to OKC
Last night just before the free agency started, the Pacers traded the 27-year-old forward who was interested in playing for the Lakers and joining them next year in free agency. The Thunder gave up Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Last year Russell Westbrook was the best player in the league because he had to do everything for the Thunder, so it will be interesting to see how the Thunder performs this year with 2 superstars.
Steph Curry Gets a Huge Contract
The Warriors locked Steph Curry up for years to come with a 5 year, $201 million contract. Curry will stay on a Golden State team that will be hard to beat with four superstars. But will the team face some trouble next year with a Rockets team that has added Chris Paul and a Thunder team that added George?
Langston Galloway Signs With the Pistons
The 25-year-old Shooting Guard will sign with Detroit for a 3-year deal worth $21 million. He has averaged 8.7 points and 2.2 assists per game in his career. This could mean that the Pistons are willing to let Kentavious Caldwell-Pope go this offseason.
Blake Griffin to Stay With the Clippers
The 28-year-old Power Forward has agreed to a 5 year, $173 million deal with the Clippers. The team could still potentially be a playoff contender next year if Patrick Beverley is a good replacement for Chris Paul. The Clippers still have DeAndre Jordan and Griffin, so they could be a sleeper team next year.
Yesterday, the Clippers moved on from one of the best passing point guards of all time. Chris Paul was traded to the Rockets for Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hillard, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Wiltjer, a top 3 protected 2018 first round pick and $661 thousand. Who gets the better end of this deal?
The Clippers get 7 players with an average age of 26, with a good chance for some of them to develop (like Sam Dekker) and some of them who are already established NBA players (like Lou Williams and Patrick Beverly). Meanwhile, the Rockets give up 7 players, a first-rounder and $660,000 to get a 32-year-old point guard who has been scoring fewer points and getting fewer assists than earlier in his Clippers career. The Clippers are the clear winners in this trade because they get players they can trade on later if they want to rebuild around one superstar, or they can try to trade for the best team next year depending on whether or not Blake Griffen leaves in free-agency.
The Clippers are the clear winners in this trade because they get players they can trade later if they want to rebuild around one superstar, or they can try to trade for the best team next year depending on whether or not their remaining star, Blake Griffin, leaves in free-agency.