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Kyrylo Fesenko interests Pistons

Brian T. Smith of The Salt Lake Tribune:

Ex-#UtahJazz center Kyrylo Fesenko drawing interest from Heat, Warriors, Pistons, Clippers, source says.

Yes, please. The Pistons need another big man, and Fesenko would be a great low-priced addition. Fesenko, who will turn 25 in two days, won’t solve all the Pistons’ problems, but he’s the best free-agent option available.

John Hollinger of ESPN:

The best-kept secret in the NBA right now is Fesenko’s monstrous defensive stats. It’s not that one or two metrics point out his defensive value; it’s that all of them do, without any pointing to the contrary.

Last season the Jazz were an eye-popping 11.91 points per 100 possessions better on defense with Fesenko on the floor, and this is not a new trend. The season before it was 8.67; in limited minutes his first two seasons he also had a strong differential.

Synergy Stats, meanwhile, rated Fesenko as the second-best defender in the entire league among players who faced at least 150 opponent plays; the season before he was first. And according to 82games.com, opposing centers had a PER of just 10.4 against him; the season before it was 12.9.

Fesenko still needs defensive polish. He averages 7.3 fouls per 36 minutes. But at 7-foot-1 and 280 pounds with good mobility for his size, Fesenko could help the Pistons’ defense today.

The other end of the court is much more troubling. Fesenko possess little offensive skill.

The Pistons were interested in drafting Fesenko in 2006, and now they have another chance to acquire him. I sure hope they do.


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  • Dec 22, 20112:51 pm
    by frankie d


    i agree.  he is not going to make anyone forget bill laimbeer, but he will be a good, solid  addition.  if one thing was obvious from the cleveland games it is that the team needs a guy who can provide some kind of defensive presence.  instead of chasing players who do nothing but clog up crowded positions – keith bogans – it would be nice to see  him fill a hole.
    if fesenko can provide that for 20-25 minutes – defense, some rebounding, a few hard fouls – he will be worth bringing him here. 
    he’s got nice hands also.  with a passing center like monroe, he would probably be able to get a few cheap basketsa game  just because of his size and ability to get close to the basket. 
    i’ll applaud joe if he’s able to sign him.

    • Dec 22, 20114:22 pm
      by Sebastian


      frankie d, are you sure Fesenko has “nice hands”.
      Also, frankie d., what about your boy, Omar Samhan, he was recently released from the Mavericks’ tryout team, if I recall correctly.

  • Dec 22, 20113:01 pm
    by Sean


    He and Erick Dampier are the only free agents left that I examined over at Life On Dumars (.com). He is actually the player I was most bullish on that was a low-investment type signing. Sign him today, Dumars!

    • Dec 23, 20116:43 am
      by BIG MARV


      you know what if Joe dont get that guy he has to get dampier you cant let size go to waste Damp is a Center that you can plug into the line-up quickly with no worries he can rebound and block shots and he’s a reliable vet. The only thing that worries me about him is that he fouls alot.. so have your backup ready But I will def shoot for getting the young fella first

  • Dec 22, 20113:41 pm
    by Nick


    I agree also.He doesn’t have to be Bill Laimbeer,but if he can atleast be Marcin Gortat I think we can be an 8th seed in the playoffs.

    • Dec 22, 20116:16 pm
      by tarsier


      No one is crazy enough to think that Fesenko could possibly be Gortat. Gortat is an above average starting C in this league. If he were getting a new contract this offseason, it would probably be $10M/yr. Fesenko may be worth picking up but not for more than Wilcox money.

  • Dec 22, 20114:06 pm
    by Jodi Jezz


    Why can’t Dumars just make a trade for a decent Center…Use our draft pick with one of our players and bring the Pistons a defensive minded Center, whats so hard about that…This guy Kyrylo Fesenko is bo-bo…

  • Dec 22, 20114:15 pm
    by vic


    Let’s get Fesenko… We can wait for a low post scorer, we’ve already got 3 guards at a time, jump shooting small forwards and a passing power forward. All Fesenko needs to do is be big, defend the paint, and dunk when open.
    DO IT JOE.

  • Dec 22, 20114:29 pm
    by Tom


    I hope we don’t cut Macklin to do this deal. Big F would be the 7th big. Would we be able to move Maxiel or CV31?

  • Dec 22, 20114:34 pm
    by khandor


    Fesenko would be a good addition to the Pistons, both, on and off the court, considering that he is a fairly mobile big with good size and a well-developed sense of humour. He is also a much better basketball player than many other casual observers of the NBA actually realize.

  • Dec 22, 20115:22 pm
    by Jason


    Ive been posting about Fesenko for a couple years now, in that he’s a huge body, great at rebounding and someone who can have a big impact  on the defensive end.. Forget any talk about him not having any offense, it’s ridiculous – especially from Pistons fans. We know how important it is to have a defensive presence and have a team full of offensive players already. If we have 4 offensive players on the court, and Fesenko in the middle to clog up the lane – we will be much improved as a team. This isn’t the end all be all, but you never know what this kid could become with consistent minutes, either. Playing along side Monroe, we would have a underrated, yet very capable Front Court. More importantly, we can actually afford him..

    Make it happen, Joe!

    • Dec 22, 20117:27 pm
      by Youssif


      NBA hipster.

      In all seriousness though, I agree about the defense — I don’t think there should ever be room on a roster, especially a Pistons roster, for a player who plays anything less than above average defense unless his name is Steve Nash and he’s younger than 35. Hopefully this guy, if we do somehow convince him to come to Detroit and play alongside Stuckey and Gordon over chillin’ on South Beach with D-Wade and LeBron, can help reignite our defensive culture.

      Remember the impact of the last guy who was a horrible free-throw shooter and offensive liability but played ridiculously solid defense?

      • Dec 23, 201112:20 am
        by gmehl1977


        Yeah he’s still there turning greyer everyday

  • Dec 22, 20116:11 pm
    by Ldre


  • Dec 22, 20116:16 pm
    by Scott


    Quite frankly, who cares?? Let me know when/if they actually sign him, then these kind of ads will become relevant to me. I hear too many rumors as it is.

  • Dec 22, 20119:37 pm
    by Talan


    I’ve got to believe we can offer the most money to this guy. Heat are only offering vet minimums and they are taking a flyer on Eddie Curry. Warriors just dropped 7 million on Kwame. Clippers got to be broke after Jordan, Butler, and Paul’s contract. Offer this guy 3.5 million and that’s probably a million more than he’s getting offered anywhere else. Am I missing something? Do we not have a gaping hole at the five and barely over the soft cap?

  • Dec 23, 201112:41 am
    by gmehl1977


    Heck no one is wearing #44 so sign him up. He played more defence last year than CV has in is life and i this is in limited minutes. You can tell he really cares about playing D and not letting anyone get any cheap points. He seems to have a crazy side too which we haven’t had since Rodman or Sheed. To me every team needs a crazy guy.

  • Dec 23, 20116:29 am
    by BIG MARV


    IDGAF if the guy cant dunk a donut into a cup of coffee he will be the best young defensive center we had since Ben Wallace. At 7’1 280 he has great size all we need him to do is block shots and grab rebounds this will help monroe out alot and will increase his scoring, and move JJ back to SF spot where I like him at anyway because he defends SF well. But they better hurry cause the eletes (Heat,Clippers) will pick him up asap and we all know he wouldnt mind playing for one of them warm climate winning states.

  • Dec 23, 201111:51 am
    by Coach_Ackley


    Dan and Patrick.. What % do you guys give that the Pistons sign Kyrylo Fesenko to a contract.. I would love this signing this kid is underrated and it’ll be Joe D’s best big man signing since McDyess……

  • Dec 24, 201112:49 am
    by tim


    I would love to see them pick him up.  I dont expect too much, but an actual center on the roster would be nice.

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