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.