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Detroit

Pistons

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2012-13 Team Ratings
OffenseDefense
101.3102.5
17th Overall14th Overall
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Stats through Jan. 22

W

16

L

25

PCT

.390

GB

9.5

CONF

13-11

DIV

4-2

HOME

12-11

ROAD

4-14

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
Greg Monroe's season so far represents a plateau, all too similar to his sophomore season. He should be taking a bigger step now. Jason Maxiell is maxing out his effort but he's a placeholder for the inevitable move of Andre Drummond into the middle.

C-

BckCourt
Brandon Knight, too, seems merely to have picked up where he left off as a rookie, with slight ticks up in scoring, assists -- and turnovers. Rodney Stuckey has been playing off the bench and no longer looks like one of the Pistons' cornerstones. Rookie Kyle Singler has a plus when he's on the floor with defense and 18 double-digit scoring nights.

D+

Defense
The Pistons have picked it up at this end, getting their defensive rating way down from two seasons ago (111.7). They're challenging shots (9th in opponents' FG%, 11th in blocks) and improved from 27th in rebounding in 2011-12 to 6th.

B

Bench
Detroit ranks ninth in bench scoring, led by Stuckey's scoring and backup PG Will Bynum's energy. Drummond has yet to start, too, giving the Pistons -- with Charlie Villanueva and Austin Daye -- a fleet of bigs in reserve.

C

Coaching
The Pistons are picking up what Lawrence Frank has put down, especially defensively. His lineups and rotations still are in flux.

C+

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D+

Summary

You can see that simply averaging the Pistons' grades in specific categories doesn't account for their overall mark. That comes from the malaise that affects this team without warning, an inconsistency that has them no better off than in 2011-12's lockout-shortened season.

The most unfortunate thing is the slow development of Andre Drummond. The Pistons might see it as giving the big youngster only as much responsibility as he can handle but they were much more aggressive with Monroe as a rookie, and the whole objective is to twin those two in the starting lineup. Get on with it, guys. Drummond won't be stunted and you're lottery-bound regardless.

-- Steve Aschburner

Explanation of Marking System

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