Detroit Pistons Review: Embrace The Tank!

Welcome back to another Detroit Pistons Review, where we look at the past week of action from the team and highlight how they can become better. Today, we will talk about why the Pistons season is already over and why the playoffs do not matter to this team. To stay updated on future posts, follow my Twitter here and like my Facebook page here. You can view all of my Detroit Pistons Reviews here.

Better 2 Games

Since the last post came out on Tuesday, there are only 2 games to talk about in this post. They lost in the closing seconds to the Raptors, and then yesterday they won by 16 against the Bulls. But despite better showings in these two games, I don’t think that the Pistons are going to make the playoffs this year or really even compete for a spot. The reason why is because I think the Pistons are going to tank for the rest of the season.

Why the Pistons Should Tank

The Pistons should tank because they can potentially get a good draft pick in June, and there is no way they are going to win a series against the Celtic, Raptors, or Cavaliers. And those 3 teams would be one of the teams the Pistons played if they did make the playoffs. The one problem could be that I believe that Stan Van Gundy is the right coach for the Pistons, but Tom Gores might not:

Detroit Pistons Review“This business is about winning games and we haven’t been doing enough of that. At the end of the season, we’ll sit down and talk and he’s got to make a decision about the best way to go for the organization.”

 

I think firing SVG would be a big mistake for this organization and that there wouldn’t be anyone that could replace him and make the team better.

Detroit Pistons Review: 2018 Free Agency

Another reason the Pistons should tank is that I think there would be some free agents that see what the Pistons are trying to accomplish and see Blake, Andre, and Reggie. A small forward or shooting guard star could make this team so much better, and I think the Pistons might have to throw some extra money at someone this summer to try and make their starting lineup better.

Thank you for reading this post about the Detroit Pistons. I will be live-blogging the Selection Show tomorrow and the NCAA Tournament polls will also start tomorrow after the show.

Detroit Pistons Review: Second Half Starting

Detroit Pistons Review

Welcome to the first post of the weekly Detroit Pistons Review this year. Sorry, this post came out late, but remember that this series will be posted every Saturday. Also, the History of the Tigers series will be starting back up this Friday. To stay updated on future posts, please follow my Twitter here and like my Facebook page here.

Embarrassing Performances

Since the All-star break ended, the Pistons are 1-6. This should not be how a team with two star players and a balanced lineup at the rest of the positions should be playing. Even without Reggie Jackson, the Pistons should not be losing so many games. Also, they do not seem to compete at all anymore. They lost to the Cavs by 22, Raptors by 29, Hornets by 16, and Celtics by 12. The Pistons are now 5 games out of the playoffs when they should be moving closer to getting in them. I think that the players are getting tired so I have a few ideas to make them a healthier team.

Ways to Get Better

I am still going to say what I said in my Pistons Mid-Season review where I said that they should sign a center to back up Drummond. But I also think that the Pistons should move Reggie Bullock over to small forward, and move James Ennis to the bench, and find a new shooting guard instead of Langston Galloway. Galloway only averages 6 points a game, and the Pistons need a good player to model Luke Kennard. I don’t think that Galloway is that guy.

Unfortunately, if the Pistons do want to get rid of Galloway they can’t cut him. He has a contract of $6 million, and they would have to pay him that money if they cut him. Instead, they can try and trade him next year when the season starts and see if they can get a better shooting guard. This isn’t an immediate plan, but it is something that I think will help the Pistons a lot.

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Pistons Mid-Season Review

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!

The Huge Blake Griffin Trade Analyzed

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.

Are the Pistons for Real? And Other NBA Surprises This Season

The NBA season has been on since October 17, and already there have been some surprises. From the Pistons at one point being 14-6 and second in the Eastern Conference, beating teams like the Celtics, to Golden State losing to the Kings (yes you read that right), to Lonzo Ball being among the worst in field goal percentage through the start of their career in NBA history.

Later this week/weekend there will be a post about Detroit City F.C. and why the MLS does not appeal to me or many people who support DCFC, the team that plays in the NPSL and will be very angry if Detroit gets an MLS team. To stay updated on posts, like my facebook here and follow my twitter here. Thank you.

James Harden is This Year’s Russell Westbrook

Last year, Russell Westbrook took a team to the playoffs that for the first time in his career didn’t have Kevin Durant, and averaged a triple-double per game, the first person to do that since Oscar Robinson. Harden isn’t averaging a triple-double, but he is leading the league in PPG with 32, and assists per game with 9.8. However, Westbrook led the Thunder to 6th in the Western Conference in the regular season last year. Harden has his team in first place. This could be due to the fact that the Rockets have CP3, who is another superstar. The Thunder didn’t have any better than average players beside Westbrook.

Lonzo Ball’s Historically Low Field Goal %, And His Dad’s Crazy Caims

Lonzo Ball may have 2 triple doubles and be playing better than critics expected, but you can’t ignore the fact that he is only shooting 31%, and 25% on 3 pointers. Not only that, Lavar is wrong but won’t admit it. It is too hard to talk about the Balls without mentioning him so here are some of the things he has said his son would do.

“Put Steph Curry on UCLA and put my boy on Golden State and watch what happens.” As much as I hate the Warriors and their players, I have to say that if this happened, the Warriors might not win a title, and UCLA may have made it to the Final Four. Lonzo Ball is not as good as Steph Curry and that’s true whether you like or dislike either of them.

“It’s already a done deal. I got the trophy already.” That is what Lavar said about whether Lonzo would win Rookie of the Year this year. Well, Jayson Tatum is playing well better than Lonzo is right now, so I wouldn’t count on it.

The Pistons Are in 4th

Even though they were in 2nd place earlier in the season, they have now dropped behind Cleveland and Toronto. But as long as they stay where they are now, they will have homecourt advantage in the playoffs for the first round. One of the key reasons why the Pistons are doing better than last season is Andre Drummound’s free thow percentage. He is shooting 62% from the line, compared to just 38% last year. Another reason why is Avery Bradley. He is averaging 15 PPG, where KCP was averaging 13 PPG last year. Obviously KCP is gone, but the Pistons found a good replacement for him.

Warriors Not as Hot?

And finally, the Warriors aren’t playing as well as last year. They are behind the Rockets in the Western Conference standings, and Steph Curry is out with a right ankle injury. He will be re evaluated in 2 weeks. There is nothing to worry about if you are a Warriors fan, I just wanted to point out that they are not playing as well as last year.

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Why the Pistons Will Get a High Seed In the Playoffs Next Year

The Pistons had a very disappointing season last year. They were supposed to get a high seed in the playoffs, and they missed the playoffs, getting 10th in the Eastern Conference. Lots of teams have upgraded this offseason, but this is why the Pistons will still get a high seed in the playoffs in 2018.

They Made Smart Upgrades

The Pistons have gotten a lot of new players this offseason, but they are all because of smart signings or trades. They acquired Avery Bradley from the Celtics for Marcus Morris, and they got a second round draft pick for 2019. They also signed Langston Galloway and Anthony Tolliver. These are smart signings that are good because they didn’t give up anyone big.

Stan Van Gundy is a Good Coach

Stan Van Gundy has a .587 win percentage in the NBA, and he has made the NBA Finals. This is good experience for a coach. He is also in his 4th season as the Pistons coach, and he is getting used to coaching for this organization. They should do better under the experienced coach this season.

The Pistons will probably get the 4th or 5th seed in the Eastern Conference this year, and they will win a series in the playoffs. The better they do, the more interest people will have in playing for them next year.

Pistons Trade for Avery Bradley

The Detroit Pistons have a new shooting guard after they traded with the Boston Celtics for Avery Bradley and a 2019 second round pick. The Pistons gave the Celtics Marcus Morris in return for Bradley. This created enough salary-cap space for the Celtics to sign Gordon Hayward. With the Pistons trading away Morris, it looks like their starting small forward will now be Stanley Johnson. The Pistons also announced that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is now an unrestricted free agent, as the Pistons don’t need him now that they have Bradley.  Bradley averaged 16.3 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game last season for the Celtics.

Here is the Pistons projected starting lineup:

Reggie Jackson, PG

Avery Bradley, SG

Stanley Johnson, SF

Jon Leuer, PF

Andre Drummond, C

NBA Trades and Free Agency Moves So Far Part 1

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.