3-10-14: The Pistons are still on the outside looking in with regard to their playoff position. They are somewhat close even after another subpar week. On Saturday, Detroit traveled to play the Houston Rockets, and Rodney Stuckey scored a game-high 23 points and Andre Drummond led all rebounders that night with 17 boards. Unfortunately, those performances were not enough as the Pistons lost by eight points. Drummond then brought down a career-high 26 rebounds in Detroit’s 11-point victory over the New York Knicks. The success was short-lived as the Pistons fell to the Chicago Bulls by double digits on Wednesday.
3-3-14: The schedule has been difficult for the Pistons, but they need to sneak out at least a few wins over better competition if they want to make the playoffs. Detroit gave up 100 points in each of the team’s four games played this past week. Fortunately, Greg Monroe led the team with 22 points and 15 rebounds and helped the Pistons score 115 points in their eight-point victory over the Atlanta Hawks. However, they lost games to the Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. There was more bad news against the Spurs on Wednesday. Brandon Jennings left the game with a toe injury.
2-24-14: Although Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dion Waiters seemed to provide the highlights of the Rising Stars Challenge, Andre Drummond was the MVP. He put up 30 points and a challenge-record 25 rebounds en route to helping Team Webber get the victory. However, the Pistons did not perform very well this past week. They played a home-and-home set with the Charlotte Bobcats. On Tuesday, Drummond continued his rebounding success, but the Bobcats defeated the Pistons by 12 points. Then, the following night, Detroit fell in Charlotte, 116-98. Now standing at 10 games below .500, the Pistons continue to be on the outside looking in at the Eastern Conference playoffs.
2-18-14: It sure was an odd week for the Pistons. First, they had two of their best games of the season. Brandon Jennings played very well in home wins over the Brooklyn Nets and Denver Nuggets. On Friday, he was just one assist shy of a triple-double as Detroit defeated Brooklyn, 111-95. Then on next night, he led all players with 35 points and 12 assists in a 126-109 victory over the Denver Nuggets. However, Joe Dumars, who is on the hot seat in Detroit, fired Maurice Cheeks after just coaching 50 games for the Pistons. With interim coach John Loyer now at the helm, the Pistons pushed the winning streak to three games with a win over the San Antonio Spurs, but lost on Wednesday to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
2-10-14: With their victory on Saturday, the Pistons had consecutive wins for the first time in more than 20 days. They blew out the Philadelphia 76ers by 17 points to push Maurice Cheeks’ record to 19-27 in his first season as Detroit’s coach. However, that was the high point of the Pistons’ week. They traveled to Florida for a quick road trip in Miami and Orlando. Brandon Jennings had a great night on Monday, but it was not enough as the Heat defeated the Pistons by six points. Even with a day off, Detroit could not beat the Magic. The Pistons fell by 14 points in Orlando.
2-4-14: It is just getting ugly for the Pistons, who lost their first two games of the week and pushed their losing streak to four contests, their worst in the month of January. On Friday, Detroit hosted the New Orleans Pelicans. Andre Drummond had a stellar game, but his 21 points and game-high 20 rebounds were not enough as the Pelicans defeated the Pistons, 103-101. Mo Cheeks then brought his team to Dallas. Unfortunately, the Mavericks beat the Pistons by double digits on Sunday. They next faced the Orlando Magic, and Brandon Jennings’ 20 points and eight assists led all players that evening in the Pistons’ 16-point win. The Pistons were supposed to travel to Atlanta to play on Wednesday, but the game was postponed due to severe weather conditions.
1-27-14: It just keeps getting worse for the Pistons, as they continue to move further away from .500. In early December, Detroit was 10-10, but the team has owned a 7-15 record since then. The Pistons struggled this past week as they dropped three of their four games. However, they had some strong individual performances recently. Andre Drummond has put up a double-double in each of his last six games. In addition, Rodney Stuckey scored 20 points in all four contests this week, which is just one game away from his career-best streak of scoring that many points in consecutive games.
1-20-14: This sure has been an odd season thus far for the Pistons. First of all, they have more wins on the road than they do at home in 2013-14. In addition, they had very different offensive outputs when comparing the first two full months of the season. By scoring four more points per game in December than in November, Detroit had a 8-9 record last month after going just 5-10 in November. It will be interesting to see how the Pistons fare in January because this is an important month in determining their playoff contention for this season. Thus far, their play in January has been average as they own a 2-3 record, but Josh Smith’s game-winner on Saturday against the Phoenix Suns could be a good omen.
1-7-14: The Pistons finished December terribly, as they lost each of their three games this past week and finished with a 4-9 record after beginning the season 10-10. They traveled to Orlando and Washington to play on consecutive nights. Friday and Saturday were very frustrating for Detroit, as the team lost by a combined 41 points. Saturday’s game against the Wizards was especially ugly game for the Pistons. Josh Smith was benched for the second half, and Rodney Stuckey left the contest after aggravating his shoulder. Stuckey remained out for the next game, as the Wizards swept the home-and-home set with a seven-point win in Detroit.
12-30-13: Brandon Jennings has been playing very well for the Pistons lately. Although the Pistons went 1-2 in the last week, he averaged more than 18 points and nine assists per game. The 24-year-old guard seems to be settling into his role in the Motor City. Even with shooting guards Chauncey Billups and Rodney Stuckey having to miss games recently, Jennings has not been affected. After the Pistons dropped back-to-back home games to the Charlotte Bobcats and Houston Rockets, they traveled to Cleveland and had their largest win of the season. With that victory, Detroit stayed in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
12-22-13: Although there is a very small chance that the Pistons will win the Central Division this season, they are in a good position in the Eastern Conference after winning three of their four games in the last week. Although Rodney Stuckey missed Wednesday’s contest in Boston due to a shoulder injury, the Pistons came back from a 21-point deficit to win their second consecutive game. Detroit has succeeded by taking many rebounds away from its opponent. The Pistons own by far the best team offensive rebounding percentage in the league this season, and Andre Drummond is the top player in that category.
12-13-13: The Pistons finally made it to .500 for the first time since they were 2-2. With their 17-point victory at Chicago, the Pistons had their largest win on the road this season and extended their longest winning streak of 2013-14. However, Detroit dropped its next three games, including its first back-to-back double-digit losses this season. In Wednesday’s overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, Greg Monroe scored a season-high 28 points. In his previous 17 games, he was held below 20 points, so it was good to see the Pistons big man step up. Fans of the Detroit basketball team would like him to build on that strong performance.
12-6-13: The Pistons have had an up-and-down start to the season, but they are riding high right now. After losing to the Los Angeles Lakers at home on Friday, Detroit has reeled off three consecutive victories, including a road win in Miami. The Pistons have had balanced scoring this season with five players averaging at least 13 points, but clutch scoring has been an issue. They have struggled in close games, especially against good teams. With Maurice Cheeks dealing with quite a few new rotation players in his first year with Detroit, he still has time to ready this team for a playoff run.
11-28-13: The Pistons appeared to be turning things around after winning games against the Nets and Bucks this week before they stumbled their way through a blowout loss to the Rose-less Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. After leading Chicago at halftime, Detroit would score just 26 points total in the second half, while shooting 2-12 from deep and 9-19 from the free throw line for the game. The good news is that at 6-9 on the year, they are firmly in the playoff race in the lowly Eastern Conference. Only up from here!
11-22-13: The Detroit Pistons haven’t exactly figured out how to play their giant frontcourt together yet, but once they do they will be a playoff team. The Jekyll and Hyde beginning of the season for the Pistons is a curious case of a team trying to find cohesion. While their record of 4-7 is discouraging, they’ve rebounded from an ugly four game losing streak earlier in the year and gone 2-2 in their last four contests. Despite having three individually strong defenders (Jennings, Smith, Drummond), they still rank 20th in the league in points allowed.
11-15-13: The Detroit Pistons welcomed new point guard Brandon Jennings to their lineup in week three, although his presence wasn’t able to lead to any wins in week three. Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe continue to dominate the glass, but Detroit’s defense remains inconsistent overall. The offense appears to be coming around with Jennings running the show, but the Pistons (2-5), still have a long ways to go in terms of efficiency and defensive discipline.
11-8-13: Don’t look now, but the talented Detroit Pistons might finally be more than just a young, talented squad: they might actually be a winner. The Pistons have leveled out at 2-2 through their first four games, dropping one game in overtime and the other to the suddenly mighty Indiana Pacers. Factor in that new point guard Brandon Jennings hasn’t even been healthy for most of the start of the year, and there’s upside to be had in this year’s Pistons.
11-1-13: After an offseason that revamped the Pistons’ backcourt, their frontcourt dominated the preseason. Andre Drummond averaged a double-double, and Greg Monroe got to the free-throw line a very high rate. Unfortunately, Josh Smith is still shooting too many 3-pointers like he did in Atlanta, but he still had a productive preseason as well. These three starters have to continue to carry this team as the guards are hobbled in Detroit. Brandon Jennings and Rodney Stuckey are already working back from injuries, so Will Bynum and Chauncey Billups need to take charge of the shallow backcourt early in the season.
10-18-13: For the Detroit Pistons Andre Drummond has emerged as their best all-around player and will be relied on heavily as the season progresses. Detroit is 2-3 on the year in preseason play and in their last game Drummond dominated as he recorded 8 point, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. They finish their remaining preseason schedule with Orlando, Washington and Minnesota before they begin regular season play.
10-17-13: It's unlikely that Greg Monroe will to agree to a contract extension with the Detroit Pistons this month. That will set him up to be a restricted free agency in the summer.
8-23-13: Does anyone recognize the Detroit Pistons? Joe Dumars had cap room and was determined to spend it. After signing Josh Smith to a 4-year, $54M contract, Dumars then went out and acquired the 23-year old PG Brandon Jennings in exchange for their former floor captain, Brandon Knight. With the 8th overall pick in the draft, Detroit selected SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope out of Georgia and then brought Chauncey Billups back home to mentor the young guard.
The Pistons will open their home schedule on Wednesday, October 30th against the Washington Wizards. The defending champion Miami Heat will visit the Palace at Auburn Hills on Sunday, December 8th and again on Friday, March 28th. Brandon Knight will make his first return trip with the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, November 25th. The L.A. Lakers come to town a few nights later on November 29th.
Key Home Games:
- October 30th – Washington Wizards
- November 8th – Oklahoma City Thunder
- November 19th – New York Knicks
- November 27th – Chicago Bulls
- January 20th – L.A. Clippers
8-21-13: Josh Harrellson has signed a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Pistons. The second year is a team option. After a decent rookie season with the Knicks, Harrellson started last season with the Heat before Harrellson spent last season with the Miami Heat before going to the Brujos de Guayama of Puerto Rico and Chongqing Fly Dragon in China.
7-31-13: The Pistons have acquired Brandon Jennings from the Milwaukee Bucks in a sign-and-trade. Jennings is now set to make $24 million over the next three years. In return, Detroit sends Brandon Knight, Slava Kravtsov and Khris Middleton to Milwaukee.
7-11-13: Chauncey Billups is returning to Detroit after agreeing on a two-year deal with Pistons on Wednesday.
7-9-13: Reports are circulating that the Pistons and free agent forward Josh Smith have agreed on a four-year, $56 million deal.
7-1-13: The Detroit Pistons selected Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the talented shooting guard from Georgia. The Pistons are in rebuilding mode and their draft pick should help them get back on track. Caldwell-Pope is a 6-6 shooting guard with slasher skills and a good scoring ability. Alongside Brandon Knight and the two bigs, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, he should find a role with this young team. The Pistons only won 29 games last season. Caldwell-Pope averaged 18 points per game in college last year and shot 37% from three-point range. He decided to leave school after only his sophomore season however there is little doubt his game is NBA ready. Last year the Pistons average ticket prices were $52. As they continue to try and rebuild with a good core of young talent, ticket prices and fan attendance would surely rise if the Pistons can get better.
Pistons 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 8: SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia.
Round 2, Pick 7: PF Tony Mitchell, UNT.
Round 2, Pick 26: PG Peyton Siva, PL.
6-12-13: The Pistons continue to be in a rebuilding process and finished the year at 29-53. With some much needed cap space available and the 8th overall pick in the draft, the Pistons should be able to add some pieces enabling them to make their way back to the top of the east. It will be interesting to see how they handle newly acquired Jose Calderon who is an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Pistons may have the most talented young frontline in the league right now in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond both being under the age of 22.
2-27-13: The Detroit Pistons have a lot of promising young talent especially on the front line, unfortunately for this year, they are once again headed for the lottery. After trading their longest tenured player, Tayshaun Prince to Memphis, the Pistons made it clear that they are in rebuilding mode. Next up for the Pistons is the New Orleans Hornets. Jose Calderon has played well, tallying 18 assists in his last game against the Wizards. Once Andre Drummond returns, he and Greg Monroe will formulate one of the strongest frontlines in basketball. The Piston’s rank 9th in the NBA in terms of team rebounding.
11-26-12: The last place Pistons are coming off a blowout loss to the Knicks on the road and are currently in last place at 3-11. The Pistons have played 9 of their 14 games away from home and have a 1-8 road record. With two home games against the Blazers and Suns, let’s see if the Pistons can put together some sort of winning streak. The Pistons are young and getting good production from both Brandon Knight and rookie C/F Andre Drummond.