Detroit Pistons News
1-15-14: The Detroit Pistons have been one of the worst teams in the NBA in this still young 2014/2015 NBA campaign as the team has started the new season posting a 3-16 record. The Pistons started this week by playing host to a Philadelphia 76ers team that was fresh off snapping a 17 game losing streak in their last game. During the contest Philadelphia kept the contest close and actually had a lead through two quarters before giving up the big quarter in the third that the team has been prone to do all season. The Sixers led by 25 points from Robert Covington went into the fourth quarter trailing by five but the team came up with big shots to force overtime. In the overtime period the Pistons fell apart despite 23 points from Josh Smith as Philadelphia outscored the Pistons by seven points in the overtime to win the game by the score of 108-101. The Pistons looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when the team traveled home to Detroit to host the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the contest Kevin Durant had his best game for the Thunder since returning from injury scoring 28 points for Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook added 22 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists to the campaign as the Thunder went on to narrowly beat the Piston by the score of 96-94. Detroit watched as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the team with 19 points but it was not enough in the loss to the Thunder. The Pistons looked to rebound and get back to their winning ways in their next contest when the team traveled home to host the Portland Trail Blazers. During the contest the Trail Blazers held Detroit to just 35% shooting from the field in a cold night of shooting for the Pistons. Detroit scored no more than 24 points in a quarter and was led by 22 points from Greg Monroe. In the end Portland and LeMarcus Aldridge were too much for the Pistons as the Trail Blazers beat Detroit by the score of 98-86. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-19. Get your Pistons tickets for next week as the team travels out on the road to take on the Phoenix Suns, the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Clippers before returning home to host the Dallas Mavericks to finish the week.
12-5-14: The Detroit Pistons have been one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference this season as the team has only been able to post a 3-12 record in the first five weeks of the new NBA season. The Pistons started this week by heading back to the Motor City to play host to the Milwaukee Bucks in Detroit. In the contest the Pistons and the Bucks played a closely contested matchup until one team took over in the fourth quarter. Milwaukee led the Pistons by the score of 53-45 at halftime before Detroit cut it to just a five point deficit entering the fourth quarter. The Bucks went off in the final frame putting up a 30 spot while holding the Pistons to just 19 points as Milwaukee went on to beat Detroit by the score of 104-88. In the Pistons next contest the team was back at home in Detroit but this time playing host to the red hot Golden State Warriors. During the contest the Pistons came out with a cold hand shooting as the team scored just 40 points in the first half of the game. Detroit did break out with a 31 point outburst in the third quarter but the team ultimately finished with just a 37% shooting percentage on the night. Golden State on the other hand rode the hot shooting hands of Draymond Green and Stephen Curry who scored a combined 36 points in the contest. The Warriors finished the game shooting 47% from the field en route to their 104-93 victory over the Pistons. The Pistons looked to get back to their winning ways in their next contest when the team played host to Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers at home in Detroit. During the contest the Pistons held Bryant to just 4-11 shooting from the field in the contest and 12 points while taking a narrow one point lead with them into halftime. The Lakers, and specifically Jordan Hill, exploded in the second half as the Los Angeles center finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead all scorers. While Detroit presumably felt good about limiting the damage done by Kobe the team itself shot just 37% from the field and fell behind the Lakers in the third quarter. The Pistons could not make up the deficit and ended up losing to the Lakers by the score of 106-96. Detroit finished their week off by traveling to Boston to try and take down the Boston Celtics on the road. During the contest both teams had a rough night shooting but the lack of defense led to a combined 195 shot attempts from both teams. Boston knocked down just 40% of their shots on the night but knocked down 37 buckets and13 three point attempts en route to 109 points. Detroit on the other hand shot just 36% from the field knocking down 37 shot attempts but just eight from three point land in a 109-102 loss to the Celtics. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-16. Get your Pistons tickets for next week as the team heads home to play host to the Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers to end the week.
11-28-14: The Detroit Pistons have had a rough start to their 2014/2015 campaign as the team has only been able to post a mediocre 3-9 record to start the season. The Pistons started this week by traveling to Atlanta to take on the Atlanta Hawks in a road game. In the contest the Hawks had five scorers in double figures including Jeff Teague who led all scorers in the contest with 28 points. Paul Millsap added a double-double for the Hawks with 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Hawks took down the Pistons by the score of 99-89. Detroit was led by 16 points from Josh Smith but it was not enough in his return to Atlanta as the Hawks won the game. Detroit looked to get back to their winning ways in their next contest when the team traveled to Milwaukee to take on the Milwaukee Bucks. In the game Milwaukee was led by Brandon Knight’s 20 point outburst as one of five Bucks that scored in double digits in the contest. Meanwhile the Pistons were led by 23 points and 10 rebounds from Andre Drummond and 11 points and 10 rebounds from Josh Smith as Smith missed a triple-double by just two assists. The contest was decided on the boards as the Bucks out-rebounded the Pistons by 14 which led to more shooting opportunities in a 98-86 victory for Milwaukee. The Pistons finished their week off by traveling back home to Detroit to host the Los Angeles Clippers in a home game. During the game Detroit’s DJ Augustin led the Pistons with 19 points as one of five players to score in double digits in the contest. Meanwhile the Clippers duo of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were tough to stop scoring a combined 38 points in the contest. The Clippers also enjoyed 25 points from Jamal Crawford as Los Angeles went on to beat the Pistons by the score of 104-98. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-12. Get your Pistons tickets for next week as the team hosts the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers at home in Detroit before setting back out on the road to finish their week in Boston against the Boston Celtics.
11-21-14: The Detroit Pistons had a rough start to their 2014/2015 season as the team managed just a 2-6 record
to start the year. The Pistons started this week by traveling to Oklahoma City to take on the Oklahoma
City Thunder in a road game for Detroit. In the contest Brandon Jennings led all scorers with 29 points
while Andre Drummond pulled down 15 rebounds in an easy 96-89 victory for the Pistons. In the loss the
Thunder were led by 24 points from Jeremy Lamb while Reggie Jackson added 20 points and 12 assists
as one of three Thunder players to have double-doubles in the contest. The very next night Detroit was
back out on the road looking for another victory this time in Memphis taking on the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies were led by 23 points from Marc Gasol but the team shot just 37% from the field and 27%
from beyond the arc in the contest. The Pistons were led by 21 points from Kyle Singler but this contest
came down to the free throw line. The Pistons knocked down just 10-17 shots from the charity stripe
while Memphis took full advantage hitting 27-33 from the line as the Grizzlies went on to win the game
by the score of 95-88. The Pistons looked for a better go of things in their next contest when they
traveled back home to host the Orlando Magic in an Eastern Conference matchup. In the game Caron
Butler led the Pistons with 20 points but as a team Detroit shot just 40% from the field in a 107-93 loss
to the Magic. Orlando was led by 25 points from Nikola Vucevic and 24 points from Tobias Harris as the
team shot 52% from the field in the victory. The Pistons finished their week off by traveling back home
to host the Phoenix Suns in Detroit to finish their week. In the game Greg Monroe had a double-double
for the Pistons scoring 18 points and snagging 12 rebounds while teammate Brandon Jennings led all
scorers with 19 points in the contest. The pair of Detroit teammates did not do enough in the contest
though as Eric Bledsoe and the Suns narrowly edged the Pistons in the game by the score of 88-86.
Bledsoe scored 18 points in the contest while teammate P.J. Tucker added 16 points in the Phoenix
victory. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-9. Get your
Pistons tickets for next week as the team travels out on the road to play the Atlanta Hawks and the
Milwaukee Bucks before heading back home to host the Los Angeles Clippers in Detroit.
11-14-14: The Detroit Pistons did not start the 2014/2015 season off the way they wanted to as the team started the season with a 1-3 record. The Pistons started this week by hosting the Milwaukee Bucks at home in Detroit looking to turn their season around. In a relatively low scoring contest for both teams the Pistons were led by 18 points from Jabari Parker and 17 points from Brandon Knight as the only players for Detroit that would score in double digits in the game. Meanwhile the Bucks scoring attack was led by 19 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope but it wasn’t enough as the Pistons took down Milwaukee by the score of 98-95. Detroit took the momentum from that victory with them back home before hosting the Utah Jazz in their next contest. In the game Detroit was led by 23 points from Brandon Jennings and 19 points from Greg Monroe as this contest went down to the final buzzer. The Jazz scoring attack was led by 17 points from Gordon Hayward as the Jazz narrowly edged the Pistons in this contest by the score of 97-96. Detroit looked for better results in their next game as the Pistons traveled to Chicago to take on the Chicago Bulls in their next contest. In the showdown the Pistons scoring attack was led by Josh Smith’s 19 points and 11 rebounds but it wasn’t enough in a 102-91 victory for the Bulls. Chicago’s victory was sparked by 24 points from Derrick Rose and 19 points from Jimmy Butler in the Bulls victory. Detroit finished their week by traveling to Washington to take on the Washington Wizards on the road. In the contest Brandon Jennings led all scorers in the contest with 32 points but received little help from Josh Smith, Caron Butler and the rest of his supporting cast in a 107-103 loss to the Wizards. Washington was led by John Wall’s 27 points while four other Wizards scored in double digits in the victory. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 2-6. Get your Pistons tickets for next week as the team travels to Memphis to take on the Memphis Grizzlies before returning home to face off with the Orlando Magic and the Phoenix Suns at home.
11-7-14: The Detroit Pistons started their 2014/2015 season off last week by losing their first two games of the
season on the road to the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves to drop their overall record
to 0-2. With the 2014/2015 season entering its first full week the Pistons hosted their first home game
of the young season when they welcomed the Brooklyn Nets to town. Joe Johnson led all scorers with 34
points in the contest and was one of five Nets players to score in double figures while holding down the
Pistons Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith as Brooklyn won their first game of the season by the score of
102-90. This would mark the third consecutive loss for the Pistons to start this season’s campaign. To
finish the week Detroit headed home to host the New York Knicks. In the contest Carmelo Anthony had
an off night shooting but was picked up by 20 big points from Tim Hardaway Jr. and 17 points from Jason
Smith. It was not enough for New York as Detroit’s Greg Monroe and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
offensive breakout was too much to overcome. The Pistons would narrowly edge the Knicks by the score
of 98-95 in a game that was decided on the free throw line. When the week was all said and done the
team finished with an overall record of 1-3 to begin their 2014/2015 season. Get your Pistons tickets for
next week as the team hosts the first two games of the week against the Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz
before heading out on the road to finish the week against the Chicago Bulls and the Washington
10-31-14: The Detroit Pistons tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Denver Nuggets on the road after an overall impressive 5-2 preseason. Detroit made a run at free agent Isaiah Thomas this summer before he ultimately signed with the Phoenix Suns rather than play for Stan Van Gundry and the Pistons. The Pistons trimmed their roster to the league maximum 15 before the season by making the tough decision to waive Aaron Gray after Gray was deemed to be in the best shape of his professional career. The presence of Joel Anthony made the decision necessary for the Pistons before they traveled to Denver to take on the Nuggets. In the contest the Pistons scoring attack was led by Josh Smith’s 25 point outburst but the output was not enough as Detroit fell to the Nuggets by the score of 89-79. The Pistons had a chance at redemption the very next night as they took on the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road. The Wolves were led by Thaddeus Young’s 19 points while Caron Butler’s 24 points were not enough in the Pistons second loss of the young season by the score of 97-91. The Pistons will look to get their first win of the campaign next week as the team is still trying to put it all together on the offensive side of the court. Get your Pistons tickets for next week as the team plays a pair of home games against the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks.
10-29-14: The Pistons haven’t won more than 40 games in a season since 2008 and haven’t clinched a playoff berth since 2009, but ticket demand remains high to see the team play at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The average price for Pistons tickets at home is $117.06 on the secondary market, up 86.9% from its average of $62.63 a season ago. The most expensive home game on the Pistons schedule will be against the Knicks on February 27. The secondary market average for the game is currently listed at $165.78 and the get-in price is $12.
10-24-14: The Detroit Pistons wrapped their postseason finishing at 5-2 and enter the 2014-15 season with hopes to improve on their 29-53 record from a season ago. Budding star Andre Drummond has shown promise over his first two seasons, but a weak supporting cast has made the Pistons fall into obscurity in recent years.
10-15-14: The Detroit Pistons have won three of their first four preseason games so far, opening their preseason schedule on Oct 7 with a 111-109 OT win over the Chicago Bulls, followed by a win over Milwaukee, a 91-89 loss to Washington, and a 104-84 win over the Charlotte Hornets in their last outing. The Pistons will next take on the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center this Friday, followed by two remaining preseason games with Atlanta and Philadelphia before opening their regular season on the road against the Denver Nuggets on Oct 29.
10-8-14: The Detroit Pistons suffered an overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls at home yesterday in what was Detroit’s first preseason game. The Pistons will next host the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow night, followed by an October 12th meeting with the Washington Wizards. Other opponents on the Piston preseason schedule include the Hornets, Magic, Hawks, with their final preseason game against the 76ers at home on October 23. Detroit has gone through a number of head coaches in the past few years, but look to have some more stability now that Stef Van Gundy is at the helm in Detroit.
9-22-14: Big man Greg Monroe finished his fourth season with averages of 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists. As a restricted free agent Monroe did not want to return to the Pistons feeling edged out with Andre Drummond and Josh Smith manning the paint. Reluctant to sign an offer sheet with another team due to Detroit being able to match it he instead signed the qualified offer for a little over 5 million. This assures Greg Monroe will either be traded by the trade deadline or he will hit unrestricted free agency next summer, either way his days in Detroit are numbered.
8-13-14: The Detroit Pistons had a disastrous past season winning only 29 games despite two big acquisitions in forward Josh Smith and point guard Brandon Jennings that did not create a winning formula. This offseason they were able to acquire veteran head coach Stan Van Gundy by luring him away from a lucrative deal with Golden State by offering up personnel power and making Van Gundy President of basketball operations as well as having coaching duties. One of only of handful of coaches in the league with that type of power, Detroit picked up Spencer Dinwiddie from the draft as well as adding another shooter in Jodie Meeks to a three year deal and adding veterans such as Caron Butler and D.J. Augustin to help support the bench.
Detroit Pistons 2014 Draft Overview
Round 2, Pick 38, Spencer Dinwiddie, PG, Colorado
4-7-14: The Pistons’ week was not one to remember. Although they beat the league’s worst team in the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, they were swept in a back-to-back set. On Friday, the Miami Heat expectedly blew out Detroit. However, Saturday’s result was not expected. The Pistons traveled to Philadelphia and fell by 25 points at the hands of a team that had matched the longest losing streak in American professional sports history. In addition, Brandon Jennings was ejected after receiving two technical fouls. The Pistons fell to 21 games below .500 with that loss. Then on Wednesday, the Pistons dropped another contest to the Indiana Pacers.
4-1-14: The Pistons’ frustration continues. They played four games this past week and won just one contest. Detroit finished its four-game road trip with a victory in Utah, but the Pistons ended this past week 19 games below .500. They played a back-to-back set in Phoenix and Los Angeles on Friday and Saturday, respectively. In the first contest, Rodney Stuckey scored a game-high 23 points in the Pistons’ 98-92 loss to the Suns. Then on Saturday, the Clippers defeated the Pistons, 112-103. Detroit stopped its five-game losing streak with a 20-point victory against the Jazz. Unfortunately, the Pistons lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers by one point on Wednesday.
3-24-14: The Pistons had a light week, but had two difficult games. They hosted the Indiana Pacers on Saturday and traveled to Denver to take on the Nuggets on Wednesday. Unfortunately for Detroit fans, the Pistons dropped both of those contests to push their losing streak to three games. In the 112-104 overtime loss to the Pacers, the Pistons lost Andre Drummond to a neck injury in the first quarter. Drummond then missed the following contest. In that game against the Nuggets, Josh Smith was ejected in the third quarter after picking up two technical fouls, and the Pistons lost by nine points.
3-17-14: The losses continue to pile up for the Pistons in March. They have played seven games this month, but only have two victories. This past week, Detroit went 0-3 on the road and 1-0 at home. The Pistons had a quick, two-game road trip, and it did not go so well. Detroit fell to the Timberwolves by 13 points in Minnesota on Friday. Then on Sunday, Josh Smith scored a game-high 28 points, but the Boston Celtics won, 118-111. Smith put up another game-high in points on Tuesday. However, it was in a win this time around. The Pistons beat the Sacramento Kings by double digits, but could not complete the sweep of the back-to-back set. The Raptors beat the Pistons, 101-87, on Wednesday in Toronto.
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.