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Detroit

Pistons

Central

2011-12 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
97.8 104.0
29th Overall25th Overall
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2011-12 Season Stats

W

25

L

41

PCT

.379

GB

25

CONF

20-28

DIV

4-11

HOME

18-25

ROAD

7-26

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
Andre Drummond should help defensively long before he's considered much of a factor offensively. Charlie Villanueva knows he was an amnesty candidate and vows to earn his keep.

C

BckCourt
Swapping Ben Gordon for Corey Maggette helps with payroll, adds a few inches, shifts some scoring from 2 to 3 but mostly is a "meh" move. Brandon Knight's development will tell story of this group.

C+

Defense
Ben Wallace has been eager to return but roster spots in Detroit, somewhat inexplicably, are scarce. Ukrainian 7-footer Slava Kravtsov adds size up front.

C+

Bench
Austin Daye may have run out of time with the Pistons. He's buried at small forward, never has taken to the power forward spot and might wind up traded.

C-

Coaching
Knowing Lawrence Frank, he hasn't seen much of the sun this summer, using a legit offseason -- rather than the great unknowns of last year's lockout -- to properly prep.

B-

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C+

Summary

Like a lot of teams, the Pistons' ability to win more than three or four times out of every 10 tries will be dictated by the maturation of returning players, primarily Knight, Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey. Drummond will have a long-term payoff, unless he doesn't.

-- Steve Aschburner

Explanation of Marking System

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

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