|2011-12 Team Rating|
|27th Overall||28th Overall|
Stats through Feb. 16
Moving Jason Maxiell into the starting lineup was looking like Lawrence Frank's best option alongside Greg Monroe and Tayshaun Prince.
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.
Ben Wallace at least brought a defensive attitude as a starter. Not much being done to stop penetration or shooters.
More money than help over there (Charlie Villanueva, Ben Gordon) though Jonas Jerebko has the motor to help and Austin Daye still intrigues.
Give Lawrence Frank credit, he's trying different combinations and leaning on his assistants. It's not paying off but he's trying.
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
|Golden State Warriors||C-|
|Los Angeles Clippers||B|
|Los Angeles Lakers||B-|
|New Jersey Nets||D|
|New Orleans Hornets||F|
|New York Knicks||C+|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B-|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|