|2012-13 Team Ratings|
|17th Overall||14th Overall|
Stats through Jan. 22
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Pistons are picking up what Lawrence Frank has put down, especially defensively. His lineups and rotations still are in flux.
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
|Golden State Warriors||B+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||A-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||C-|
|New Orleans Hornets||C-|
|New York Knicks||A-|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B-|
|San Antonio Spurs||B+|