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Midseason Report Cards
Stats Through Jan. 20
W-L 17-24
PCT .415
DIV 5-2
CONF 15-11
HOME 7-14
ROAD 10-10
All the concerns about the mesh of talents and agendas on the front line have been validated by the results so far. Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummon clash offensively and fail defensively.
What Brandon Jennings was in Milwaukee, he remains in Detroit: a poor shooter and finisher who lacks focus defensively. Rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has Pistons fans watching Trey Burke's stats in Utah.
You'd think that the big front line would be more effective, yet opponents have burned the Pistons both inside and out. They're giving up 46.7-percent shooting overall, 36.9 from the arc.
Rodney Stuckey has played like someone auditioning for a Sixth Man role on a better team. Will Bynum is OK at point but it drops off from there. Things flow best when Monroe, Drummond and Smith stagger shifts.
Maurice Cheeks hasn't found any answers in his rotation, nor has the former All-Star point guard worked any magic on Jennings. Defensively, the Pistons are giving up 7.2 more points than two years ago under Lawrence Frank, though they're playing faster.

Plenty of trade rumors, with four weeks before the February deadline, are running through Detroit these days. It wouldn't be surprising for Monroe or Smith to be moved, though the latter's contract hurts his marketability. Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva are candidates to go elsewhere, too.

Underwater at home? Losses at The Palace to Utah, Washington, Charlotte? This team still is just parts, confirming a lot of folks' fears from back in the summer who saw the talent but no glue or coherent plan. Drummond and Monroe are the goods but they might not work in tandem, and Detroit basketball unravels from there.

-- Steve Aschburner

2013-14 Team Rating
Offense Defense
101.6 105.2
19th Overall 20th Overall