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Statistics through 1/25/09
Tayshaun Prince has played every game for the Pistons since the start of the 2003-04 season and is now the franchise cornerstone as Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess have seen their production slip.
It's a crowded backcourt with Allen Iverson, Rodney Stuckey and Richard Hamilton all averaging at least 30.5 minutes per game. Iverson's averaging 17.6 ppg and 5.3 apg, the lowest numbers of his career.
Opponents have chipped away at the Pistons' strength this season. While their defensive rating is still good, they give up 93.5 points per game, the most since the 2000-01 season.
The Pistons once had the best starting five in the game. Now that guys are being moved in and out of the starting lineup, consistency from the Zoo Crew has been hard to find.
Given that he's had to incorporate Iverson, had to wait for McDyess to return, had to start Kwame Brown for 18 games and had to get Hamilton to buy into a reserve role, Michael Curry has held his own.
It's tough to give a team that's in solid playoff contention such a mediocre grade, but that's the standard the Pistons have set for themselves in making the Eastern Conference Finals the past six seasons.
While the trade that brought Iverson to Detroit hasn't been a disaster, it has messed with team chemistry far more than anyone anticipated. Stuckey starts at point guard, but Hamilton now comes off the bench. The ball movement that was once the trademark of Detroit's unselfish offense has all but disappeared. There's already talk that Iverson may be moved before the Feb. 19 deadline.
It hasn't helped that only one Pistons starter, Prince, has appeared in all 43 games. If it weren't for Prince, who has done everything that's been asked of him, who knows where the Pistons would be. -- Rob Peterson
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