Sunday, November 22, 2009

What Happen During The 5 Straight Loss

Need of immediate Point Guard
I would think the lack of the frontline scoring would be the number one problem during the five straight loss right? Not quite. Stuckey is currently the starting poing guard, but does that mean he's the ideal point guard the Pistons should start? As much as many people think he's as good as he gets (6-5 ft, 200+ point guard), maybe, but not as a point guard. Being a point guard is very similar to being a quarter back, and for the last 5 games, he seems lost. He calls for play, but he doesn't really have the instinct as a natural point guard. I would take Will Bynum any time of the day over Stuckey to play as a point guard but I do understand that Bynum needs to lead the bench since Gordon is not available to lead the bench since he's starting due to the lack of Rip/Prince starting.

Frontline Lack of Offense
If I have to pick top two players in the frontline it would be Ben Wallace and Charlie V. (CV) But as far as scoring, CV would be the only frontcourt player scoring for the Pistons. The rest (Maxiell, Wilcox, Brown), its a blur. In fact, if you get the other frontcourt players other than CV score more than 8, that would a perfect day. But expect them to score less than 10 points combine per game. Given the fact that CV is the only offensive force, it would be unfair to expect the guy to score 20+ points per game. Not to mention guarding the PF spot where its not easy....Their past 5 games, he had to guard, Nowitzki, Odom, Aldridge, Boozer and Stoudemire.

Small Ball Will Never Work
Although Golden State almost pulled it off after beating the Mavs in the playoffs, it all comes down to size and strength. Pistons is no exception. When Pistons plays Gordon, Bynum and Stuckey at the same time, usually, the Pistons is sending a message that they need to score even if it means shortening their defense. Well, that may work, but most of the time it won't.

The Value of Richard Hamilton (Rip)
There was a time that the Pistons were involved in some sort of trade rumor about Prince or Rip maybe in the trading block, especially after they've won few games and that may be in need of help in the frontcourt. In the past decade, the Pistons have relied on Rip's running curl to open up space in their offense and distrupt and scramble the opponents' defense. This creates opportunities for the other four players in the court, especially their frontline, where Rasheed Wallace and McDyess made their scoring living during their run in Detroit. This is no different to CV and Ben Wallace. Until then, the Pistons offense wouldn't be difficult to defend since all opponents have to worry about is the penetration of Will, Gordon and Stuckey.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Interview with Joe Dumars

KL: Let me ask you something that’s been a recurring theme from people who’ve analyzed the off-season, and I mean mostly media people now. You signed Ben Gordon, whose primary position is shooting guard. You’ve got Rip, who’s coming off the Hamilton-Iverson experiment, which didn’t go as you had expected. Why is this going to work where that one didn’t?
JD: First of all, Ben Gordon made a decision to come here knowing that Rip Hamilton is the starting two guard. Allen Iverson never made that decision – it was a trade and it happened and we went through the process of what we had to go through. So when the guy makes the decision himself, first and foremost that’s the biggest difference right there. He’s choosing, he’s saying I want to go and be in this situation. That jumps out at you first. Secondly, here’s a guy who made his name in this league coming off the bench and being a dynamic scorer. Here’s a guy who was the Sixth Man of the Year as a rookie. So there’s a fundamental difference between Ben Gordon and Iverson being here. Ben Gordon chooses to come here knowing what the situation is. Ben Gordon made his name in this league coming off the bench. So it’s fundamentally different any way you look at it.

KL: It was widely reported the deal was struck on the first day of free agency. Both he and Charlie took the first flights here and were in your office that morning and deals were struck that day. So it probably wasn’t a hard sell. But did you have to convince him this would work or was he eager to embrace that right from the get-go?
JD: He didn’t have to sell me on it – but he did. About how this can work. "I can play with Stuckey, I can play with Rip, I can play with Will Bynum. He talked about, listen, I’ve played with Larry Hughes. I’ve played with Derrick Rose. I’ve played with Kirk Hinrich." These are all different types of guards. So his thing is, "I can play with Rodney Stuckey, I can play with Rip Hamilton, I can play with Will Bynum. Joe, I’m adaptable. I can make it work, because I’ve done it. I’ve done it my whole career." And he mentioned Chris Duhon as well over in Chicago.

KL: I imagine you’ve talked to Rip about this. How is he anticipating this will work.
JD: Rip laughed when I told him that that’s the guy we were talking to. He said – after we had signed him, actually – he said, "Listen, you cannot pass up on a Ben Gordon. He’s too good to pass up." And then he said, "Now he does know I’m the starter, though, right?" I said, "He knows that, Rip. He knows that full well." We both laughed about it. He said you can’t pass on him, he’s a big-time player. There’s such a respect back and forth with these guys, guys like Stuckey and Will and Rip and Tayshaun, they respect what Ben Gordon has done because they’ve seen it, up close and personal, against us and against others. They respect what this guy brings.

See full interview

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Meet The New Pistons

I caught this one from one of the known blogger in PistonLand and in Youtube. These are the new members as of 7/18/09.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Boozer...? Thanks but No Thanks.

I found this from Chris McCosky, one of the sources that I consider pretty accurate.

About Boozer
You are going to keep seeing the Pistons named in rumors about possible trade scenarios involving Carlos Boozer. I am going to keep telling you what I have been writing for the past month. The Pistons just aren't that into Boozer -- the size of his expiring contract is an issue, as is his fragility. They are certainly not into him if it costs them Tayshaun Prince or Richard Hamilton. I had a brief chat with Joe Dumars Friday and he confirmed just that.
Could that change? Anything can change. But I wouldn't expect it to change this summer.

I'd have to say I couldn't be happier for this decision. The fact that Boozer knows it's he's last year, I'm not sure if he'll really give everything he'll got to the team he'll be moving to for only a year, especially if it's gonna' cause Prince or Hamilton? Forget it. I'm all for it if Boozer has at least 2 years left.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Summer of 09 Halftime

With the summer halfway done, Pistons came up with Charlie V and Ben Gordon during the first day of the Free Agency. Joe Dumars is not done yet. I hope Avery Johnson will take the head coach position and a get another decent player on the PF/C position that will complement Charlie V.

Well, everybody knows who Ben Gordon is......but Charlie V, not so much.....but I'm sure he will or I hope so when he joins the Pistons. Besides, history repeats itself. Nobody really knew Billups, Hamilton, Ben Wallace and Prince until they joined the Pistons. Cheers to Charlie.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Welcome Austin Daye

The Pistons picked Austin Daye at 15th pick. He's frame reminds me of Tayshaun Prince but he's shooting ability being 6'11 reminds me of Dirk Nowitzki.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pistons 2009-2010 Construction Began

Being out of the playoffs early this season, it's nice to know that Joe Dumars and his staff began building the road to compete in the 2009-2010 NBA season.

Quiet on the surface, noisy behind the scenes
First you see the sign go up on your morning commute to work. “Future site of …” a new hotel, or a fast-food restaurant, or another drug store or bank. And then not much happens for a month or two. Permits are being pulled and inspections scheduled and studies commissioned, but nothing but that sign offers visual evidence that anything is about to change.
That’s the stage of construction the 2009-10 Pistons are in as of today.
All the behind-the-scenes leg work is being done now. Over at the practice facility, Joe Dumars and his staff – Scott Perry, George David, Doug Ash, Durand Walker – are busy scheduling individual workouts, watching film, writing and reading reports and communicating with college, AAU and high school coaches for dozens of prospects they’ll consider with their four picks in the June 26 draft.
Tony Ronzone, international scouting guru, is getting ready to head to Europe and the big Reebok Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy, where most of the draft-worthy international players will showcase their skills.
Dumars and Perry will be working the phones, gauging interest from other teams in working out trades and from agents on the inclinations of the marquee pending free agents.
All of a sudden, one day you drive past that construction site, and the earth movers have pushed dirt, the foundation has been poured, the walls are up and they’re working on the trim. And the sign has been changed. It reads: Now Hiring.
Before you know it, the Pistons will be at that stage. Here’s a rough outline of how the process will unfold.

The Draft – The draft comes first and – because of the sheer volume of work involved in evaluating dozens of prospects for the Pistons’ four draft picks, pick No. 15 in the first round and picks 36, 39 and 44 in the second – will demand the lion’s share of the man-hours spent over the next six weeks.
David is in charge of scheduling individual workouts at The Palace, a process just getting under way all around the league. Most years, a team sitting at 15 could probably draw up a list of a dozen players it had no chance or little chance of getting. But this year? The variance is much wider, with perhaps only six or eight players that have almost no chance of still being available to the Pistons at 15. While that ultimately could work to the Pistons’ benefit – heightening the chances that the player they like best could still be there for them – it complicates the evaluation process by widening the pool.
It helps, conversely, that their three second-rounders are crammed within a span of nine picks. The Pistons will attempt to bring in as many players at one position at the same time so they can match like second-round candidates together. Let’s say the Pistons were looking at small forwards who might be picked in a range from the late first to the mid-second round. If possible, just to throw out three names, they’d try to get players like North Carolina’s Danny Green, Villanova’s Dante Cunningham and Georgetown’s DeJuan Summers in on the same day to see how they stack up against each other.
While scouts have been saying since last summer that it would be a weak draft, it isn’t out of the question that the Pistons could find at 15 someone who could crack the rotation as soon as next season. Among the possibilities would be Pitt’s undersized but productive power forward DeJuan Blair, Louisville’s gifted all-around wing Terence Williams, or any one of a number of well-known point guards projected to go anywhere from the late lottery to the 20s – North Carolina’s Ty Lawson, Syracuse’s Jonny Flynn, St. Mary’s Patty Mills, UCLA’s Jrue Holliday or VCU’s Eric Maynor among them.

Free Agency – Because of the cap space Dumars created with the Chauncey Billups-Allen Iverson trade, free agency is the surest path back to title contention for the Pistons this summer.
And because of collective-bargaining rules, free agency is also likely to be utilized before trades are executed so Joe D can get maximum use out of that cap space.
That’s because if free agents are signed first, the Pistons can spend up to the new salary cap limit – which will be unveiled in early July, after all the financial reports from the 2008-09 season are finalized – and then go over the cap, while still falling within CBA stipulations, to accommodate trades. Trades involving two teams over the cap must have their salaries come within 125 percent of each other. If the Pistons are taking back the 125 and giving the 100, then they would be best served by signing their free agents first.
Put another way, if the Pistons sign Free Agent A and Free Agent B and that takes them right to the new salary cap limit, then they can turn around and trade Player C, making $10 million next season, for Player D, making $12.5 million. But if they made the trade first, then they would have $2.5 million less to offer free agents.
Perhaps the premier unrestricted free agent as of today is Chicago shooting guard Ben Gordon, who had a phenomenal first-round series against the Celtics. Utah’s Carlos Boozer would go to the top of the list if he chooses to opt out of his contract. Orlando’s Hedo Turkoglu and Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao are others that figure to attract wide interest if they exercise opt-out clauses.
Restricted free agents – a list headed by the likes of New York’s David Lee, Utah’s Paul Millsap, Atlanta’s Marvin Williams and Milwaukee’s Charlie Villanueva and Ramon Sessions – are another possibility. But teams generally shy away from RFAs – only two signed offer sheets last summer and only one, Ronny Turiaf, switched teams – because while the seven-day window for the original team to decide to match the offer or not passes, valuable money is tied up as other free agents make their moves.
Benefiting the Pistons is that very few other NBA teams will have significant cap space this summer. Though the final list depends on decisions yet to be made – for instance, if Portland renounces its rights to Channing Frye – the Pistons probably will be one of five or six teams with the potential to be free-agent spenders, and some of them are unlikely to spend big.

Trades – It will take Dumars’ deft touch to coordinate a strategy that will allow everything to fall in place sequentially. That’s another way of saying he’s going to do everything in his power to have trades in place based on his ability to sign free agents, even though the free-agent signings probably will come first – unless his trades do not result in taking on additional money.
So if he targets Gordon, for instance, and gets a good vibe on his ability to sign him, then it makes sense that he’ll look at the rest of his roster and figure out how he can get the maximum value out of Gordon for the money. That means swinging trades to bring in compatible talent – and to part with players who might be made extraneous. That doesn’t necessarily mean Rip Hamilton would be peddled, but it does make it more likely that either Hamilton or Tayshaun Prince would be used as the major bait in landing the frontcourt piece the Pistons clearly need.
If Boozer chooses not to opt out, it’s likely Utah will look to trade him. The Jazz can’t afford to bring back both Boozer and Millsap, who averaged a double-double in Boozer’s extended injury absence last season – not if they’re intent on retaining Mehmet Okur and Kyle Korver, at least.
Chris Bosh of Toronto and Amare Stoudemire of Phoenix are other prominent young big men who could be in play this summer, though the Suns at least publicly are now saying they’re committed to rebuilding around Stoudemire. Both players could be free agents next summer.
We’re still six to eight weeks away from the date when dramatic evidence of the remaking of the Pistons should begin to be seen. In the meantime, know that as you drive by The Palace on your way somewhere else, the groundwork for change is being laid.