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Seven Detroit Pistons have started and received a DNP-CD this season

If you want to boil down the Pistons’ season – the up and down play, the excessive depth, the erratic coaching – to a single statistic, I think this it.

The Pistons have seven players who have both started and received a did not play-coach’s decision this season:

It’s important to note each of those seven Pistons earned a start because Pistons coach John Kuester determined they deserved to start, not just because they were replacing an injured or suspended player.

Three teams have more players with starts and DNP-CDs this season, but none of the three have more players who started without the player ahead of him missing a game due to injury or suspension.

Cleveland Cavaliers – 10

  • Ramon Sessions
  • J.J. Hickson
  • Ryan Hollins
  • Jamario Moon
  • Jawad Williams
  • Manny Harris
  • Joey Graham
  • Leon Powe
  • Alonzo Gee
  • Christian Eyenga

Hollins and Eyenga started only with Anderson Varejao out injured. Harris started only with Mo Williams or Boobie Gibson out injured. Gee started only with Anthony Parker out injured.

That leaves six Cavaliers who have a DNP-CD this season and have earned a start without the player ahead of him missing a game due to injury or suspension.

Washington Wizards – 9

  • JaVale McGee
  • Al Thornton
  • Andray Blatche
  • Trevor Booker
  • Hilton Armstrong
  • Yi Jianlian
  • Kevin Seraphin
  • Rashard Lewis
  • Alonzo Gee

Seraphin and Jianlian started only with Blatche out injured.

That leaves seven Wizards who have a DNP-CD this season and have earned a start without the player ahead of him missing a game due to injury or suspension.

Sacramento Kings – 8

  • Omri Casspi
  • Francisco Garcia
  • Jason Thompson
  • Donte Greene
  • Darnell Jackson
  • Eugene Jeter
  • Luther Head
  • Jermaine Taylor

Jackson started only with Thompson out injured. Jeter and Taylor started only with Tyreke Evans out injured.

That leaves five Kings who have a DNP-CD this season and have earned a start without the player ahead of him missing a game due to injury or suspension.

12 Comments

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  • Jan 17, 201111:06 am
    by Jeremy

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    If you think Jerebko would be the starting power forward for us this season were he able (pretty reasonable IMO) then anyone who started at power forward did so due to injury rather than merit.
     
    I think the problem is that not many players have shown much to merit a starting spot. It’s more that players keep sucking their way out of starting (and playing) and since the Pistons have so much redundancy (both in quality and position) in their roster it’s easy to switch pieces around.

  • Jan 17, 201112:39 pm
    by Jason

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    @ Jeremy – While i’m sure Jerebko had a very good chance at being the starting PF, it was never determined that it would be the case. Many thought Villanueva, just being he was making leaps and bounds more money then both Daye and Jerebko – would get the nod. Being Daye ended up getting the shot, and that there have been SO MANY faces shirting around at the spot this season,  i think it’s safe to say that it was anyone’s spot to be had.
     
    But your point is correct, and while i’m not a big Kuester fan, i don’t think a stat like this can be put on his back either. He has worked with the roster handed to him, which was destined for failure from day one. With such an imbalance of back to front court players – this many roster adjustments is inevitable.
     
     

  • Jan 17, 20111:46 pm
    by Jeremy

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    I think I would take Jerebko from last season as the starting PF over anyone who has manned that position this year. Considering he had such a positive off-season experience with his national team and how much everyone else has sucked it up, it seems pretty reasonable to expect that he would have been the clear-cut best option this year.
     
    For that matter, if Wilcox ends up being the best option of everyone else, he’s another player that got derailed by injury until recently.

  • Jan 17, 20111:51 pm
    by gordbrown

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    In a way analysis indicates you are like the company you keep and sometimes the company you keep is not what you would like to keep. Having said that Wallace and Stuckey are special cases, albeit not injury. Both times, its only been one game so there is that as well. Personally, I don’t think either Hamilton or Maxiel should have gotten starts, but I can excuse the coaching staff for trying to see what they had in these players given their contract situations and past performances. Also hindsight being 20/20 and all.

  • Jan 17, 20112:00 pm
    by Tim

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    Wilcox only started because Wallace was injured. And it is likely that at least one fewer of those players would have started if Jerebko had been healthy all season.

  • Jan 17, 20113:11 pm
    by Laser

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    yeah this isn’t exactly a cause-and-effect thing here either. i mean, the problem is the terrible roster. too many guys who are equally average, too much talent at some positions, not enough at others. the starts/DNP-CD is a result of that, so is the fact that nobody’s done enough to warrant a starting spot. it’s all just side effects of a terrible roster.

  • [...] has been both a starter this season and the recipient of (several) DNP-CDs. But guess what? Six other Pistons have both started and been benched, and three other teams have used the same yo-yo on more than [...]

  • Jan 17, 20113:55 pm
    by Dan Feldman

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    Jeremy, I’m not willing to assume Jerebko would have started at power forward all season if healthy. There are too many other players with a similar ability level. Even if you’re convinced Jerebko would without a doubt be the team’s best power forward when healthy, if you consider Kuester’s willingness to bring a better player off the bench, Jerebko might have moved to the bench as Kuester changed other parts of the lineup.

  • Jan 17, 20114:03 pm
    by Dan Feldman

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    Tim, Wilcox replaced Villanueva, who’s healthy. Monroe, who started at power forward next to Wallace earlier in the season, replaced Wallace.

  • [...] Like the Pistons, Cavaliers and Kings, the Wizards have several players, seven from the Wiz to be exact, who have, “a DNP-CD this season and have earned a start without the player ahead of him missing a game due to injury or suspension,” so says Dan Feldman. [Piston Powered] [...]

  • [...] Like the Pistons, Cavaliers and Kings, the Wizards have several players, seven from the Wiz to be exact, who have, “a DNP-CD this season and have earned a start without the player ahead of him missing a game due to injury or suspension,” so says Dan Feldman. [Piston Powered] [...]

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