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Herrmann not the answer

Walter Herrmann’s game-tying 3-point attempt didn’t fall against the Hornets on Wednesday. Given the situation, he had a good look. The play call, as detailed by Chris McCosky of the Detroit News, made sense. 

But Michael Curry’s decision to give Walter Herrmann more minutes doesn’t.

Curry wants Herrmann to help the Pistons 3-point shooting, according to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press. It’s especially important for Detroit to spread the floor when teams pack the lane to defend the drives of Rodney Stuckey and Allen Iverson.

Kevin Sawyer of Detroit Bad Boys goes in depth on the Pistons’ 3-point woes. He asks, “Isn’t there anyone on this team who can be relied upon to hit an open three pointer?” Curry thinks Herrmann is the answer, but there’s little reason to believe this move isn’t another blunder by the first-year coach.

Herrmann’s 3-point percentage: 32.8.

The NBA’s 3-point percentage: 36.7.

Curry should accept the Pistons just aren’t a team full of good 3-point shooters. Only three teams rely on a single player to shoot a higher percentage of their 3-pointers than Detroit with Rasheed Wallace:

The Magic with Rashard Lewis.

The Celtics with Ray Allen.

The Heat with Daequan Cook.

Lewis is first and Allen is second in the league in 3-pointers made. And Cook, this year’s 3-point Shooout winner, is tied for seventh.

Wallace is 26th.

A dropoff in 3-point shooting should have been expected when Detroit traded Billups, fourth in 3-point percentage in team history. And Richard Hamilton’s drop from 44 percent last year to 34.7 percent this year also hurts.

But relying on Wallace (6-foot-11) and Herrmann (6-foot-9) to shore up the damage creates other problems. With their bigger players outside, the Pistons get fewer offensive rebounds.

So although everyone is focusing on adding a big man like Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire in the offseason, adding a quality outside shooter like Kyle Korver, Jarrett Jack, Damon Jones or Luther Head will be important, too.


  • [...] There’s no quick fix for this disparity, as much as Michael Curry thinks giving Walter Herrmann more minutes will work. [...]

  • Feb 27, 20096:58 pm
    by Matt W


    Well, Herrmann has shot .388 for his career, and while that’s certainly skewed by his rookie success, it’s also the year he saw the most consistent playing time.

    I don’t have the data to prove it, but anecdotally speaking it seems like most of his field-goal attempts this year (from anywhere on the court) are the result of him just happening to get the ball in his hands late in the shot clock — it’s not like the team runs plays for him. The few times he’s allowed to get into a rhythm (the Bucks game when he went nuts comes to mind, though that was ages ago), he’s done okay.

    Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I really think he could help stretch the floor if given a legitimate chance. Jarvis Hayes last year wasn’t great, but at least defenses had to respect the fact that as soon as he caught the ball behind the arc, he was going to shoot it. This year’s team doesn’t have anyone like that, and as a result defenses have been allowed to clog up the paint.

    (Also, if signing Damon Jones is an answer, we’re asking the wrong question.)

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