Dan and I participated in today’s ESPN 5-on-5, which discusses some key issues around the Pistons when/if next season starts. LZ Granderson from ESPN (and a native Detroiter), Kyle Weidie from Truth About It and Brett LaGree from Hoopinion also participated. Here were a few of my favorite responses:
LaGree on the SF and PF spots:
Bret LaGree, Hoopinion: If Jerebko fully recovers from his Achilles injury he could develop into a fine complementary starter for a good team. Less optimistically, unless Joe Dumars does something impressive, the Pistons’ power forward of the future is on the roster and his name is Charlie Villanueva.
Granderson on Greg Monroe‘s ceiling:
LZ Granderson, ESPN.com: I’d be very happy with David West. Like him, Monroe lacks the size and explosiveness to be dominant in the paint but he’s a hard worker. A solid double-double and good interior D is not bad at all. And he’s a pretty good passer. If Max had his size or if Monroe had Max’s explosiveness, Detroit would have a hell of a player. Oh well.
Feldman on when the Pistons will make the playoffs again:
Dan Feldman, Piston Powered: Typing those previous answers was tough. The Pistons require a lot of work before they can even see the light at the end of the tunnel. Still, making the playoffs isn’t that hard (most teams do it), and the Pistons have a solid amount of talent and a few improving youngsters. 2013.
Here were the five questions if anyone would like to participate in the comments:
- Who should start at PG and SG for Detroit?
- Are the Pistons’ future SF and PF on the roster?
- What is the ceiling for Greg Monroe?
- Should Detroit try to keep Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton?
- When will the Pistons make the playoffs again?
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