Plenty of Pistons fans have suggested, some facetiously and some not, that the Pistons reserves are better than the Pistons starters. Here’s some ammo for that argument. Mike Brudenell of the Detroit Free Press:
After losing to the lowly Charlotte Bobcats in overtime Sunday, it was back to work for the Pistons on Wednesday — a practice that lasted almost three hours and included a scrimmage.
Will Bynum said he enjoyed the longer session. The bench specialist said his second-unit teammates took it to the starters in the scrimmage and "yes, we showed some good energy today."
The board at the Pistons’ practice facility reflected a 75-71 final score in favor of the reserves. Bynum, smiling, said the deficit between the units at one point "was pretty big," but didn’t exactly say who it was in favor of.
Without doubt, the bench has outplayed the starters lately. I chalk up some of that to small sample size, some of it to each unit’s opponent and and the rest of it up to Andre Drummond. But no matter the cause, the lineup numbers, from NBA.com/stats, are pretty astounding.
- Brandon Knight-Kyle Singler-Tayshaun Prince-Jason Maxiell-Greg Monroe: 101.7 offensive rating and 102.1 defensive rating in 462 minutes
- Will Bynum-Rodney Stuckey-Austin Daye-Charlie Villanueva-Andre Drummond: 124.5 offensive rating and 96.7 defensive rating in 48 minutes
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