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Pistons start a rookie for first time this season, win for first time this season

Detroit Pistons 94 Final
Recap | Box Score
76 Philadelphia 76ers
Jason Maxiell, PF 28 MIN | 2-3 FG | 4-6 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +11

I don’t know how much the Pistons needed someone to protect the interior, considering how fond the 76ers are of shooting jumpers, but Maxiell did an excellent job in case Philadelphia had any ideas about driving more (or gaining extra shot attempts by grabbing offensive rebounds). He passed well and left the the shooting to more skilled offensive players.

Tayshaun Prince, SF 34 MIN | 7-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 15 PTS | +20

Prince really kept the ball moving, and that resulted in a season high in assists. His defense was solid, he helped on the boards, and he shot pretty efficiently. This is the Prince I like to see.

Kyle Singler, SF 40 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | +15

Welcome to the starting lineup, kid. Singler looks like a legitimate starter on a non-playoff team like the Pistons will almost assuredly be. He didn’t bring the house down with his 3-point shooting, but the threat opened his in-between game and spaced the floor for his teammates. Singler is an efficient scorer capable of making baskets with a variety of moves, and he should start even when Rodney Stuckey returns. Singler just meshes better with the other starters.

Greg Monroe, C 40 MIN | 7-16 FG | 5-6 FT | 18 REB | 6 AST | 19 PTS | +17

He turned the ball over too much, but, man, he got after it on the glass — defensively and offensively. That gave him plenty of opportunities to score, and the Pistons could use a high-usage player who is somewhat efficient. His passing become a valuable tool every night. No other player has gotten 19 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists this season, and only Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin have done it in the last three years. A Piston has hit that mark only three times since 1985-86 (Grant Hill, Dennis Rodman and Bill Laimbeer).

Brandon Knight, PG 35 MIN | 5-9 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 15 PTS | +13

Brandon Knight passed better tonight, evidenced by his seven assists and only two turnovers. But those stats don’t tell the whole story. Knight had a few more poor passes that luckily didn’t result in turnovers. Still, he settled down and made mostly good decisions and shot well.

Jonas Jerebko, PF 15 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +2

Missed all his shots but defended pretty well and rebounded very well.

Corey Maggette, SF 22 MIN | 2-3 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +7

Four offensive fouls, two fouls drawn.

Andre Drummond, C 11 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +2

A very up-and-down night. On the plus side, he was active on both ends. He missed two layups, but he rebounded one and tipped out the other for a teammate to rebound. He’s not polished, but he’s so darn athletic, positive results will come as long as he’s playing hard. Still, three fouls in 11 minutes gave the 76ers too much of an opportunity to get easy baskets. That last dunk was sweet, though.

Lawrence Frank, HEAD COACH

Most importantly, he started Kyle Singler. He could have stuck with a veteran like Maggette or Will Bynum, but Frank trusted a rookie, and it paid off — big time. This was Frank’s defense at its finest. The Pistons forced 59 misses and rebounded 45 of them. They didn’t gamble for steals or abandon positioning for chances at blocks. They just draped their opponents — who were all too happy to shoot jumpers — and rebounded the misses. Frank should get some credit for the Pistons’ cohesive offense, as their 27 assists were a season high.

66 Comments

  • Nov 14, 201210:05 pm
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    first win

  • Nov 14, 201210:11 pm
    by Biff

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    Huge game for Moose. But Philly’s front line is a joke without Bynum. 

    Lets make Singler a permanent starter, let Stuckey see what efficient scoring is. Knight, I’ll take 15-7-7 from him all day.  

    • Nov 14, 201210:18 pm
      by jprime18

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      I was gonna make a comment like this, but why be repetitive?

      • Nov 15, 20121:44 am
        by PISSED-ON!

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        Same here good win from the team, I like how Singler spreads the floor and get his points like a real SG does and he works hard in getting that ball no matter where it bounces.

  • Nov 14, 201210:20 pm
    by Mark

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    Knight deserves an A for tonight. That was his best game as a PG I’ve seen. 

    Singler should be starting the rest of the year. Send Bynum to the CV/Daye area code on the bench, and make Stuckey the 6th man backup PG. 

    • Nov 15, 20128:29 am
      by Vic

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      Good moves.

      Knights been in an ugly duckling phase of changing his game, but I think he’ll be ok. May not be a top 10 pg or a Kyrie Irving, but he will compete.  

      • Nov 15, 20128:32 am
        by Vic

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        Hopefully the 3rd cog of our big 3 can be Shabazz

  • Nov 14, 201210:27 pm
    by apa8ren9

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    That’s what I like to see.  Kyle Singler 40 minutes!  He was playing so well Frank COULD NOT take him out.   Everything was positive.  He wasnt doing anything spectacular but you can see he just knows how to play ball.  Philly played right into our hands but Im not complaining.  That is the way you should beat a team that isnt interested in playing.  Good first win.   Im happy for 1 day.  And I have to give some credit to Brandon Knight.  I was just advocating getting him some help at the point and he had a good game and controlled the tempo. 

  • Nov 14, 201210:33 pm
    by Desolation Row

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    Proud of my Pistons for pulling this one out. Good for Singler, he really earned it. Wonder if Frank was sending a message to Drummond by starting Singler tonight: work hard, do things the right way, and you’ll get your start.

  • Nov 14, 201210:34 pm
    by Vince

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    The one game I don’t watch we win… I’ll just stop watching then haha

    But seriously, looking at the highlights and the boxscore looks like the Pistons played well offensively and defensively. Great win! 

  • Nov 14, 201210:48 pm
    by domnick

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    trade stuckey :)

  • Nov 14, 201210:58 pm
    by bugsygod

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    – this is the dilemma with knight, if he can play like this consistently and cut down on the “jump in the air with no one to throw to plays” he can play a pretty steady pg and be a solid starter.  the key is CONSISTENCY!
    – monroe is really living up to his nickname Moose he has been like that down low for the last 5 games.  great to see.  And i think the Biggest improvement for monroe is his Stamina!  he seems to remain strong throughout the game no matter how many minutes he gets.  All-Star
    – not sure if stuckey lost his spot, BUT i think he obviously should.  singler has been really consistent every time he has played from summer league till now.  makes quick smart plays. “if im open shoot it”, “if my teammate is open pass it”, and he plays solid defense even playing the two.  stuckey on the other hand has been a large disappointment with all the “working harder than ever this off-season” talk.  maybe playing off the bench his inconsistent play is hidden, i think that’s most bench players…inconsistent 
    – i think drummond is getting so hungry to play he is going to start tearing off rims, no matter the minutes he gets he always contributes something, blocks, points, boards, steals, he has been consistent in doing that.  when the point comes and he can start with monroe LOOK OUT
     
    Question:  What does anybody think about Tyreke evans from the kings?  maybe in some type of swap for a stucky,daye combination? evans is restricted FA this summer as well.
     

    • Nov 14, 201211:25 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Agree with Mel on Evans. He has upside still, but right now, he’s no better than Stuckey and, unlike Stuckey, you have to decide whether to pay him or not. Stuckey is on a fairly reasonable, short-term contract. If they traded for Evans, they’d have to make a decision quickly on whether or not to pay him and I’d be leery of committing to him long-term for big money.

      • Nov 14, 201211:59 pm
        by bugsygod

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        Patrick just curious what type of player in the nba now that you would look to make a realistic trade for to improve the team?  Im assuming with monroe and drummond looking to be long term solutions at the big positions i would assume a 1 2 or 3? 

        • Nov 15, 201212:09 am
          by Patrick Hayes

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          Hard to say just yet because teams aren’t really in selling mode yet, so the Pistons’ expiring contracts wouldn’t have much value until closer to the deadline. Then on top of that, other players the Pistons might part with in a trade, like Stuckey for example, aren’t exactly playing well right now, so their value is low. I think who is available and who the Pistons would be willing to trade will be more clear in a 6-8 weeks or so.

          • Nov 15, 20121:41 am
            by Bugsygod

            No I mean just name some players. Some available some not. But guys you think can help the pistons   Just would like to know what type of player you would go after?

          • Nov 15, 20129:31 am
            by Patrick Hayes

            I dunno … Chris Paul?

            I would actually see what it would take to pry Afflalo away from Orlando. He defends and he shoots the three. He’d be a really good fit with this roster right now. There are a handful of other two guards who will be free agents — Tony Allen, Kevin Martin, Ronnie Brewer — who would be either defensive or offensive upgrades too. Starting SG is definitely the spot I’d target first to shore up, followed by backup PG. If the team added a really solid Afflalo-like SG, a veteran backup PG who can run an offense and hit the three and then a Paul Millsap or Josh Smith type to their big man rotation, that would be a great offseason.

          • Nov 15, 20129:44 am
            by sebastian

            WE already have a starting SG: Kyle Singler.

          • Nov 15, 20129:46 am
            by Patrick Hayes

            “WE?” Are you on the team? Is this Austin Daye?

          • Nov 15, 20129:55 am
            by sebastian

            No, this is not Austin Daye. I am sebastian.

          • Nov 15, 201211:54 am
            by bugsygod

            OK, yeah that’s what i was thinking as well.  To get a good 2guard starter.  However not sure allen or brewer are starting caliber, there defense is but not sure about the O.  Martin i just am not a fan of his, injury prone and worst defense then stuckey.  I think if sinlger proves hes starting quality player, then ok with the defensive first guys like allen, sefolosha, brewer.  However i would like to see them take a chance on a guy like Evans, just from the fact he did avg 20+ in this league before so you he can do it, just can he still do it.  I think the kings Organization holds him back some in his development.  so a monroe, drummond, sinlger, evans, knight lineup could be pretty effective.  At backup pg i like Maynor from okc.  Would like the pick up of millsap to be 6th man of year type of guy, behind drummond/monroe.  But totally agree with your positions of need, SG, Backup PG.  Not sure about josh smith as he would look to start and with drummond/monre he is not starting.  Milsap i think would be ok with coming off bench as he has done this alot of his career.  Maynor, milsap, allen, are FA’s.  thats where i would spend my money.  Stuckey may can get you a late 1strd pick or hell keep him coming off bench.  milsap,stuckey,maynor,JJ, off the bench would be pretty darn good. 

    • Nov 15, 20129:25 am
      by DasMark

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      I don’t get the desire to trade for Tyreke Evans? He’s slightly better than Stuckey on offense, and sieve on defense. 

      They took the ball out of his hands in Sacramento, because he wouldn’t pass. Now, he’s Stuckey, inconsistent, poor shooting, no play making. Looks disengaged for large portions of the game. 

      If Evans was nearly as good as I’ve seen him lauded to be around here, the Kings certainly wouldn’t dangling him out there as trade bait. It would be a lateral move, IMO.

      Detroit wants to get wing players that can knock down the three, play defense, and are willing passers to feed the post.

      If the Trailblazers keep faltering, it isn’t inconceivable that they may be willing to swap Wes Matthews for Stuckey and a second rounder and maybe some balance salary. That seems more likely, and would be a better fit for Detroit.  

  • Nov 14, 201210:59 pm
    by Mel

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    Who says second rounders can’t start and help win?
     

  • Nov 14, 201211:08 pm
    by Mel

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    Tyreke Evans is no better than Stuckey a matter of fact there about even. We can get rid of Stuckey for a box of rocks. Singler and English for our 2 guards. And Middleton is a player I believe many has underestimated. I believe he is a better 3 point shooter than Singler.  But Singler is a gamer, I know it’s early but what makes him special is that he understands basketball, so he brings balance like a glue guy. Good things will happen. 

    • Nov 15, 20127:28 am
      by Derek

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      @Mel and @Patrick I agree with you about Evans to an extent.  Evans has been in something of a curious decline for the last couple of years and it is a mystery to me.  Maybe his diminishing returns are as a result of injuries.  Maybe it’s a matter of him needing to adjust his game to be a role playing effort guy who shares the ball and he’s used to be being “the man” pounding the ball into oblivion making playground moves.

      Still I think Evans is a considerable upgrade in the handles department.  He can torture cats in a small space while keeping his dribble.  He is a bigger and stronger dude who can overmatch opponents with his strength at the one, two, and three. 

      However like Stuck he appears to be a volume scorer, which is code for dude can’t shoot.  With a suspect outside shot he would not spread the floor, so he would not compliment Knight nor would he keep the defenses from sagging in the paint.

      Evans would be a nice addition if he came cheap and maybe off the bench leading the second unit.

      Right now, outside of getting Rudy Gay I’m not sure who would be the answer for our team (in terms of adding players).  I think we just have see more gritty team ball, with guys winning effort plays and making hockey assists.

  • Nov 14, 201211:30 pm
    by Delray313

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    Hold up people singler is not better than stuckey yet still has to do it against better talent philly is terrible i know stuckey can score on anybody when he is right. Singler belongs in the nba he will get better but i know stuckey is hard to check and singler is not that good on one on one defense like stuckey is, albeit a good help defeneder. Now if singler can do play like this against bos heat bulls and knicks oh yeah we are in business.

    • Nov 14, 201211:33 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      No one’s really arguing that Singler is ‘better’ than Stuckey, just that his skillset is a better fit with the starters than Stuckey’s is.

      • Nov 14, 201211:45 pm
        by Delray313

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        Right i think stuckey is better when he is at the point and singler can come off screens and he is a way better shooter. Man but if singler can play like this on a regular basis we will be much better.

      • Nov 15, 201212:00 am
        by tarsier

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        Oh, I can think of a few commenters who are arguing that.

        • Nov 15, 201212:06 am
          by Patrick Hayes

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          He’s playing better right now for sure, but I’d like to see Singler string together a few good games as a big minutes starter before I conclude that.

          • Nov 15, 201212:48 am
            by tarsier

            Agreed. I just don’t think that there is no one visiting/commenting on this site who has that same patience. I think the fact that Stuckey was definitely once Dumars’ golden boy has made him a lot less well liked by many Pistons fans.

  • Nov 14, 201211:31 pm
    by Nick

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    I agree with Mel about Tyreke Evans. His jumper is just as broke as Stuckeys, but Evans is a better finisher around the rim than Stuckey. If I could right now I would trade Stuckey for Evans in a heartbeat. Atleast Evans ceiling is higher than Stuckey at this point.

  • Nov 15, 201212:17 am
    by Mark

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    yeah, I liked the idea of Evans before, but I agree we’d have the same problem with him that we do with Stuckey. Seeing how we look with a pure shooter at SG with a high IQ, its clear now that thats what we need and don’t need another Stuckey clone. 

    Watching Singler shoot with ease, move without the ball, and play smart bball reminded me of when we had Rip, before the AI/BG debacle. The Pistons have always been successful when they’ve had great jumpshooters who defend and play smart. Thats Singler to a tee. Stuckey just doesn’t fit the Pistons model for success. 

    I’d bring him off the bench the rest of the year, because he’s still better than Bynum, but then I’d try to trade him. And if not, then I wouldn’t pickup his last year and just waive him. 

  • Nov 15, 201212:49 am
    by tarsier

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    I guess Washington will be the last team to win this year.

  • Nov 15, 20121:46 am
    by Gareth Masters

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    Fitting that the 76ers only scored 76 points, don’t you think?

    • Nov 15, 20122:57 am
      by MrHappyMushroom

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      Quite patriotic of them in these difficult days for our nation, eh?

  • Nov 15, 20124:43 am
    by John

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    Good win against a bad opponent. Any team starting with Kwame Brown shouldn´t be hard to beat. But i like putting Singler in the starting lineup, the balancing gets much better. I´d say the Pistons should go with a 9 man rotation from here on, starting Knight, Singler, Prince, Monroe and Drummond. Then have Stuckey PG/SG Maggette SG/SF Jerebko SF/PF and Maxiell PF/C of the bench getting between 10-25 minutes each. Then Middleton and English should be in uniform getting a few minutes hera and there. But i can´t understand why Kravtsov isn´t in unifrom. I´d rather have six hard fouls and defense coming off the bench than 6 bricks and a sleepwalker coming on in cases of foul trouble and in-game injuries.

  • Nov 15, 20125:47 am
    by acr

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    Nice to finally get a win.  Monroe was good, but it’s also frustrating how many gimme lay ups he seems to miss every game – he should have had at least 25 pts.  Singler was good tonight, but I agree that it’s a bit early for the “put him in the starting lineup” calls…

  • Nov 15, 20127:15 am
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    I still have a problem with the minutes Drummond is receiving only 11 minutes, and I still have a problem him and Greg only Spending 3-4 minutes on the floor together.

    Franks can talk all that “Process” mess he wants… but if Drummond doesnt get 20 minutes plus a game and we are still losing in the next 10-15 games… then he is not helping this team….

    I mean even if we start to play .500 basketball….if Drummond isnt playing its meaningless ….

  • Nov 15, 20127:18 am
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    Without Iguodala …Philly looks just like the Pistons….only Difference is we have Monroe and they dont

  • Nov 15, 20127:18 am
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    People are you excited about an 1-8 start

    • Nov 15, 20127:31 am
      by Derek

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      Nope.  Not excited about starting the season with 1 win and 8 losses.  But I think we are relieved to FINALLY get a win.  Now that the monkey’s off our backs, let’s hope for more team ball and more W’s.

  • Nov 15, 20127:28 am
    by Corey

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    Good to see them put it together a bit.

    it’s starting to look like the team may be better with Singler at the 2 and using Stuckey to backup the 1 and probably 2 as well. that would keep Bynum off the floor and playing Singler AT&T the 2 reduces the SF   logjam substantially.
     

  • Nov 15, 20127:50 am
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    Before Stuckey got sick, most fans and media Suggested that with Knights new role at Full-Time PG and with the bulk of the offense running through Greg Monroe, many thought Stuckey would NOT mesh and be the odd man out…Because Stuckey is a Streaky shooter, Stuckey is a high value shot taker but makes at a low percentage, and he needs the ball in his hands to be effective. Last Year, the offense was more about Stuckey and Greg, while Knight was the spot up shooter…

    Alot of Fans suggested to bring Stuckey off the bench, and Start English or Singler to stretch the floor and to give the threat of a 3 point attack…something opposing defense would have to respect, and it would knight and Greg a reliable outlet

    But we have a coached that allowed the team and even Stuckey to suffer through the first 8 games…because he didnt want to adjust. I dont even care that if Singler is or isnt a better player than Stuckey … We can argue that some dudes in the D-League are better some NBA starters.

    When Singler is in the game the offense looks better then spacing is great, Even IF teams decide not to leave him open anymore,it still opens the floor up, and even in one on one’s he is getting his shot off….not to mention the hustle on defense, and his length. I only question his stamina

    If coach Franks Merit system is truely in place, this starting job is Singlers to lose.

  • Nov 15, 20128:04 am
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    Coach Franks – “I thought he played well,” Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. “I thought there was really good harmony and karma on the court. (Shot st Stuckey Complaining about Touches)
    Coach Franks – “We played no-agenda basketball Philly wasn’t having one of their better nights but our intent, spirit and effort, it was a oneness out there. That’s how we have to play.” (Another Shot at Stuckey)

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121115/SPORTS0102/211150384#ixzz2CIOnW9vY

    • Nov 15, 20129:06 am
      by freywagg

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      sorry buddy, you’re reading too much into those comments.

      • Nov 15, 20129:22 am
        by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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        of course I am, but if i dont read too much into it…it means that he has NO CLUE WHY WE WON THAT GAME!!! Harmony??? and Karma???? who are you Phil Jackson now?

  • Nov 15, 20128:06 am
    by ryan

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    It was sure as hell fun to see them get a win and play so well in the process.

    I’ve long been an advocate of Rodney Stuckey as the 6th man combo guard but I didn’t know that Kyle Singler was going to make that possible. Watching tonight’s game made me think that he might. As people have said he really fit in well with the starters.

    Rodney Stuckey off the bench might solve our Will Bynum problem too. Bynum always plays hard but sometimes he’s just out of control. Having Stuckey in a bench role would allow Lawrence Frank to sit Will down on those nights when he’s playing out of control.

    Another thing it MIGHT help with is Charlie Villanueva and Austin Daye. Maybe Singler’s success with remind them that being tall, having a decent shot and hustling is enough to make a guy a valuable part of the team. Maybe.

    I feel like we’ve got another streak coming but I don’t know which kind.

  • Nov 15, 20129:19 am
    by Crispus

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    Man, if Stuckey was a better 3 pt shooter he could play that JR Smith role.

  • Nov 15, 20129:55 am
    by hirobeats

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    Trade Stuckey for Tyreke Evans. No hesitation, he is a better ball handler, better finisher, younger and has higher upside. And quite frankly is more exiting to watch. If we are going to be bad, lets at Least be watchable. I’ll give you that Stuckey is a better passer, maybe a higher defensive potential. But that isn’t enough for me.

    • Nov 15, 201210:09 am
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Well, the probably isn’t just a matter of who is talented/has more upside. The problem becomes do you want to pay Evans big money on the long-term extension he’ll be seeking? To this point, he hasn’t been a good NBA player overall. He had a really good rookie season and has fallen way off since. Yes, the potential is still there, but if he’s asking for a 4 year deal for 12ish million per, are you paying?

      Stuckey certainly has limits, but he’s signed to a reasonable contract and only has one more year after this season, so they aren’t committed to him long-term like they’d have to be if they theoretically traded for and extended Evans. 

      • Nov 15, 201210:30 am
        by tarsier

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        No way you give Evans more than $8M/yr. And that is already paying big time for his potential. If he were a pick in the 20s and you got rid of his rookie season, he commands maybe $3M/yr. But obviously, you have to take into account the chance that he finds back his rookie form.

      • Nov 15, 201210:48 am
        by hirobeats

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        I say if the pistons are going to have as much cap space as they say the will next summer, and they don’t go out and try to get a Rudy Gay or a Josh Smith, Tyreke would be someone I’d be fine with landing.

        • Nov 15, 201210:51 am
          by Patrick Hayes

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          You see his numbers so far this season? Yuck.

          I still think he has potential and the Kings are obviously not a great situation for him, but I’d be really leery of any kind of long-term deal for him. He’s just been way too erratic a player. I’d rather have him than Stuckey, I just worry about the possibility that he’s going to get overpaid.

      • Nov 15, 201211:59 am
        by bugsygod

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        Patrick would you pay evans Stuckey money?  8.5 mil a year?  is that too much?

  • Nov 15, 201211:31 am
    by Ozzie-Moto

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    Years of Un-balanced lineups. Funny just as in the last few years when injury forces the Pistons to stop playing favorite to the long list of so so vets and actually start players that bring some balance to the floor like shooting guards that can shoot, and centers. PF that are over 6’5″ .. we get better results.    Stuckey has always been much better suited to come off the bench, not a natural point or shooting guard.  

  • Nov 15, 201211:41 am
    by Shaun

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    Stuckey is better than evans, because Evans doesnt do nearly as much for his team. I would not make that trade! As far as Singler having better skill sets with the starters. Ummm…one game, really. Dude played good!! But to make that judgement on one performance, you cant do that. Piston fans, COME ON Man!!!!!!

    • Nov 15, 201211:45 am
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Well, we have eight games of Stuckey playing really bad with the starters this season, so there’s that.

  • Nov 15, 201212:07 pm
    by Shaun

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    You know stuckeys numbers patrick. 8 games and well thats that. Are you serious?!!! One game well thats that.??? Okay, lets go back to 5th grade because thats where your IQ is right now. SMH

    • Nov 15, 201212:13 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Haha. Aren’t you adorable?

      You act like Stuckey has been an All-Star or something. He’s been awful for eight games, but it isn’t like his peak is significantly higher. At his best, he’s a slightly above average starter. Singler puts a floor-spacing shooter in the starting lineup and gives Knight more of a chance to sink or swim and hopefully develop as the team’s primary ball-handler. Singler isn’t a prototypical SG by any stretch, but Prince will match up against the opposing team’s best wing anyway, whether that’s a SG or SF, so they aren’t even really hurt by him defensively. And Stuckey would still get big minutes as a backup combo guard who would fill in at all three perimeter positions. What’s so wrong with that?

      • Nov 15, 201212:23 pm
        by bugsygod

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        singler is pretty good defensively.  It was his calling card coming out of college.

        • Nov 15, 20121:31 pm
          by Patrick Hayes

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          I meant defensively against wings. He was primarily a four at Duke. He’s not quick enough to stay with most wings, but his long arms help make up for it.

      • Nov 15, 20121:19 pm
        by Georgio

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        Singler is not a SG, he did ok on an old Jason Richardson but he had all kinds of trouble staying with Kevin Martin. If Singler starts it should be for Prince.  Stuckey to the bench for someone like English would be ok and we would have two guys who move without the ball and can space the floor with their 3 pt shooting. It also would help Monroe in the assist dept because you never see Prince making a hard cut where as Singler and English and even Jonas all will make hard cuts.

        • Nov 15, 20123:08 pm
          by Vic

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          Against faster guards you sub in Kim English, keep your floor spacing on offense, play thru Monroe

  • Nov 15, 201212:10 pm
    by MIKEYDE248

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    Hopefully this will open up Frank’s eyes to who he should be playing and who should be sitting.  Singler made the whole team play better, especially Knight.  The two of them complemented each other where Stuckey and Knight seem to play inspite of each other.

  • Nov 15, 20124:04 pm
    by T Casey

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    Great game overall by the squad. Te only negatives I can think of is not playing Drummond some of the other guys a little sooner int he 4th when we rebuilt our 20 point lead. 90 seconds isn’t much time at all to make an impact or gain much confidence, Also, Brandon knight showed some of everything tonight. The only low for him was that all of his 7 rebounds and assists came in the first half and he had none in the second but the rest of the team was playing so well it wasn’t necessary for him to be a playmaker. And it still looks like Moose is rushing a bit on his closer attempts. He had a couple of bunnies just rim out on him last night that could’ve given him another 5 or 7 points.

    But, all in all, it as a great team effort and I’m hoping like hell that we can put another strong team effort together again tonight and not have any kind of a letdown in intensity.  

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