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Detroit

Pistons

Central

2011-12 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
95.6105.9
27th Overall28th Overall
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Stats through Feb. 16

W

9

L

22

PCT

.290

GB

15

CONF

7-15

DIV

2-6

HOME

6-10

ROAD

3-12

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
Moving Jason Maxiell into the starting lineup was looking like Lawrence Frank's best option alongside Greg Monroe and Tayshaun Prince.

C-

BckCourt
Offensively, it's an OK rotation of guards. Defensively, less so. There used to be union rules in Detroit against the sort of on-the-job training Brandon Knight has gotten.

C-

Defense
Ben Wallace at least brought a defensive attitude as a starter. Not much being done to stop penetration or shooters.

D+

Bench
More money than help over there (Charlie Villanueva, Ben Gordon) though Jonas Jerebko has the motor to help and Austin Daye still intrigues.

D

Coaching
Give Lawrence Frank credit, he's trying different combinations and leaning on his assistants. It's not paying off but he's trying.

C

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D+

Summary

This team is all about two spots right now: center and point guard. Greg Monroe, the former, has taken a huge step in his second second and, offensively at least, is the guy opponents must worry about. Brandon Knight, the latter, has played with a growing aggressiveness that should work fine for him as he tackles the toughest position for a rookie.

The rest of the roster offers up maybe three or four players to complement Monroe and Knight. Beyond that, there is a lot of loitering. Which is what the Pistons figure to do in the lottery as well, loitering there for the foreseeable future.

-- Steve Aschburner

Explanation of Marking System

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing
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