When your team starts off the season in disastrous fashion by going 4-20 and then decides to to show you that they might not get that high Lottery pick you were thinking of, it makes you think.
The Pistons have since started to come together with their new coach Lawrence Frank and a new attitude, which has them at 15-26 on the season, and winners of nine of their last 12 at home.
Forget traditional grading system, this is how we do it at Need4Sheed.com.
Moose continues to get better before out eyes. In his second season he’s just about averaging a double-double . He was arguebly on the fence for an All Star nod, and he’s making his team better. He’s growing defensively and mid-range game is developing. It’s also nice to have a big man who makes his free throws.
Grade – Sheedtastic and getting better.
The Pistons have a future at the point guard spot. Brandon Knight is learning as he goes, but you can see how bright even the darkest of Knights can be with Brandon on the team. With no camp under his belt and just a year in college, Brandon is in school on the Palace court for all to see.
And he’s getting it done.
He makes his mistakes, but you can see the talent and the chemistry he has with his teammates. He’s got heart, talent and isn’t afraid to take the game winning (or losing) shot.
As much as Pistons fans love Tayshaun Prince, he’s been fading for the past couple of seasons. Most of you, including myself really didn’t understand the resigning of Prince. You can blame some of this seasons shortcomings on injury, but he’s truly on the downside of his career. This Pistons team needs the 2004 Tay not the one we have today.
You can’t deny it, when Stuckey is on his game, the Pistons win ball games. Stuckey started the season without a bang, but has seemed to get into the flow of things. I’m sure the fact that he doesn’t have to play the PG position much with Brandon Knight on the squad, Stuckey is doing what he loves to do best. Take the shot.
The thing I’d like to see most in Stuckey is more of an attitude change, especially after last season. I though things had changed for the better, but after his early vacation for the All Star break, I’m keeping my eyes open.
Grade – Potential to be a solid Stucktacular with a chance of Buffoonery.
When Ben Wallace doesn’t have to play more than about 15 minutes per game he shows flashes of the Defensive Player of the years he was. When we get that from the Ben of the past, it usually means this team is in the ball game.
Though we don’t see if often, when we do it’s great.
We’ll miss him for who he was, but the team could use an upgrade. veteran presence or not.
This Ben Gordon deal just hasn’t panned out for the Pistons. In his third year with Detroit, he’s still not the Ben Gordon that we thought we were signing. He’s getting a boat load of money for playing like 8th man off the bench.
Though he’s doing some things a little better than seasons past, how can you count on a guy like this…you know the one that’s getting paid the most on the roster for doing the most dissapointing job.
I sat next to an couple from England recently at the Palace and gave them a recap of the team. I pointed to Ben Gordon and said, “See that guy right there, you can claim him he was born in England. He’s getting paid the most money on the team and he’s been terrible for the past three seasons.” In wich they replied “So he’s rubbish?”
Since he’s been put in the starting lineup in place of the Swede, Jason has been contributing. He may not fill up the stat sheets day in and day out, but he’s doing his job. He’ll always be undersize, and right now overpaid, but he’ll give us one of those moments every now and then that just make us smile.
Grade – Sometimes Baby Eating Sheedtastic
Bynumite is not his name, but Will has no game. Not this season anyway. He’s been injured much of the season and when he returned he couldn’t crack the rotation again. Will we see the explosiveness to fly by just about anyone facing him and then dunk on a 7 footer again?
Time WILL tell.
If you wanted a bang from Jonas after not seeing him play all of last season, you really didn’t get it. What you did get was The Swede playing solid ball as soon as Lawrence Frank make him their sixth man. He gets into foul trouble quite frequently, but he’s never out there giving it less than 100%.
He’s not making us wow as much as he did as a rookie, but he’s getting the job done. You have to love a guy who has heart and is willing to do the dirty things to get it done.
When it takes you half the season to get one good game in and you can’t get playing time over a guy who’s got the stomach flu and was signed to play defense, something turrrable is going on.
Austin is going thorough something way worse than a slump. If you have no confidence in your game and neither does your coach it’s going take a miracle or a trade to ressurect your career.
I’m especially upset with him for the simple fact that he’s ruined our Daye and Knight/Knight and Day tag.