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Pistons’ trade values sky high after beating Bobcats on eve of NBA trade deadline

Detroit Pistons 105 Final
Recap | Box Score
99 Charlotte Bobcats
Jason Maxiell, PF 17 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +2

Nobody has started more games this season than Maxiell, so you know he’s good. Imagine a team that trade for him to be backup. That’s insane value.

Greg Monroe, C 35 MIN | 7-13 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | +1

It’s just the seventh time someone has posted 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three blocks this season. Who cares that three of the games have in Charlotte by Bobcats opponents? It still puts Monroe in special company.

Jose Calderon, PG 29 MIN | 4-8 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +13

Calderon has well-deserved reputation as a top passer, but don’t forget about his outside shooting (4-of-4 on 3-pointers tonight). Just don’t look at his 2-point attempts (0-for-4) or defense.

Brandon Knight, PG 30 MIN | 7-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +4

Knight clearly figured out how to play shooting guard before injuring his right knee late in the third quarter. Staying aggressive might not come as naturally without the ball in his hands as often, but Knight found the right balance tonight. He’s the type of budding talent any team should love to have. And he showed his toughness by returning in the fourth quarter.

Kyle Singler, SG 23 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | +10

Singler has really settled in at small forward, a position where he can concentrate on shooting efficiently rather than chasing around quick guards all night.

Charlie Villanueva, PF 26 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +7

Villanueva would, admittedly, be a bit of a reclamation project for any team that trades for him, but the way he got after it on defense tonight must be encouraging. He can stretch the floor and score without question, but can he defend at least decently regularly? That’s the question any team trading for him must ask, and tonight’s results indicate yes.

Jonas Jerebko, PF 9 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -4

Jerebko certainly isn’t afraid to shoot, and shooting is usually the first step to scoring. Jerebko established his ability to defend, rebound and hustle in previous seasons. If his ability to score matches his ability to shoot this season, he could have excellent value.

Viacheslav Kravtsov, C 13 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +5

Kravtsov went 3-for-4, and his field-goal percentage actually dropped. No worries. He still leads the NBA in field-goal percentage (minimum: two shots). He’s a lean wide, mean, efficiently-scoring machine.

Will Bynum, PG 26 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -2

Bynum, whether scoring himself or setting up his teammates, would make nearly any bench more effective offensively. Tonight, he showed off both those skills.

Rodney Stuckey, PG 30 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -6

Stuckey scored nine points in six minutes, including consecutive baskets while being fouled, in the middle of the second half. When he heats up, he’s still a capable scorer who can get to the free-throw line at a strong rate. And don’t forget, he has the stature to be a plus defender.


Maggette didn’t play tonight, but he didn’t sign a contract extension, either. His value remains sky high.


Middleton didn’t miss a shot, didn’t turn the ball over and didn’t commit a foul. Plus, he has the potential to produce, literally, infinitely more than he did tonight.


Remember Middleton’s potential to produce more than he did tonight? Multiply it by infinity, and you have English’s.

Lawrence Frank

Frank is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad coach. He always puts his players in uncomfortable positions, and they could all excel on other teams. Frank is the only thing standing between the Pistons and 60 wins. Attention any of the NBA’s other 29 general managers: When offering trades for Pistons players, offer a bit more, because once you get them away from Frank, they’ll star for your team.


  • Feb 20, 201310:18 pm
    by LT


    this is hilarious 

  • Feb 20, 201310:21 pm
    by Victor


    best post ever

  • Feb 20, 201310:25 pm
    by Chris


    Frank deserves an F- for putting Knight back in after he got injured. This isn’t game 7 of the finals. It’s a meaningless game against the Bobcats! Come on!

  • Feb 20, 201310:31 pm
    by Brigs


    Great way to put the grades tonite unfortunatly I think It wont work and there will be no moves tommarow thethe

  • Feb 20, 201310:32 pm
    by Jay


    This was great hahaha awesome post man. Just wondering, do you guys know of any rumors of Piston trades happening tonight?

  • Feb 20, 201310:39 pm
    by CNA5


    This post is pure awesomeness.

  • Feb 20, 201310:43 pm
    by Bryan


    Don’t forget that our draft picks are worth five times those of other teams.

  • Feb 20, 201310:43 pm


    lol….sad thing is Knight might have actually earned a legit A+ if not for the injury

    • Feb 21, 201311:16 am
      by Scott Free


      Brandon Knight could score 40, get 10 rebounds, 8 assists, and fly to Cleveland to personally eat Kyrie irvings lunch in the locker room, and 2 tos would downgrade him to a B+

  • Feb 20, 201310:45 pm
    by Desolation Row


    I really hope no teams try and trade for any of these guys. It would be a shame to break up this team just because Lawrence Frank is holding them back from reaching the players’ individual potential. Especially Stuckey, a crowd favorite who has barely scratched the surface of his potential and is a huge bargain for his contract.  

    If they trade him, Maxiell, or CV, Dumars needs to resign ASAP. 

    • Feb 21, 201312:13 am
      by J Bird


      I see what you did there.  I won’t tell any GM’s.

  • Feb 20, 201310:50 pm
    by Heep


    These are more like the grades other NBA blogs give their teams night to night

  • Feb 20, 201310:56 pm
    by Lorenzo


    I got suspicious after the Maxiell A+

    • Feb 21, 20134:40 am
      by KaBa


      Well and that’s not even the worst thing. The fact that HE has started the most games is where you have to ask yourself what league are you watching.

  • Feb 20, 201311:07 pm
    by City of Klompton


    Best. Game Review. Ever.

  • Feb 20, 201311:17 pm
    by Blocks By Dre


    The part abour Jerebko was hilarious! “shooting is the first step to scoring” 

    This was a great read overal…almost as funny as when I went on here after the draft order was finalized and saw a big ass picture of John Henson! That was great! 

  • Feb 20, 201311:18 pm
    by gmehl


    Geez Dan please put down that bottle of scotch. AA meeting is in the morning :-)

  • Feb 20, 201311:30 pm
    by Mrshourite


    Is it just me or does Slava look like a giant buffed up version of Jamiroquai? 

  • Feb 20, 201311:43 pm
    by Mark


    Feldmans trolling rival GMs lol awesome

  • Feb 20, 201311:46 pm
    by tarsier


    Dan, you just killed Frank’s trade value. Now how is Dumars supposed to get a mouth guard or a jock strap for him? Well, maybe if they’re used. But new equipment just got taken out of the realm of possibility.

    • Feb 21, 20138:39 am
      by I HATE FRANK


      Yeah cause the clip board had too much value for him

  • Feb 20, 201311:51 pm
    by domnick


    F rating is FUNNY :P

    Are you selling like that? comeon! i want some TRADES!!!!

  • Feb 20, 201311:55 pm
    by Javell


    Bknight is an explosive leaper

  • Feb 20, 201311:55 pm
    by Mel


    Love it, Plus the comment about Slava being a scoring machine. Hilarious.
    But Franks grade is the real deal though.

  • Feb 21, 201312:27 am
    by domnick


    is there any trade for pistons?

    i dont understand why we cant pull any… this is impossible.. we have alot of good assets and expiring contracts! if joe d cant make a trade, then he should be dumped!

  • Feb 21, 201312:58 am
    by MrCarter


    I’m at least hoping we can move Bynum and get maybe an expiring contract and a decent draft pick in return. That will be enough “desert” for me.

  • Feb 21, 201312:59 am
    by Mrshourite


    I would prefer to move Stuckey. 

  • Feb 21, 20131:13 am
    by Vince


    Hahahaha great stuff Dan! There have been so many trade rumors around but not as many regarding the Pistons except for one – which I had never considered:

    Stuckey and Jerebko to New Orleans for Eric Gordon.

    Can’t remember where I saw it stuck with me. I don’t think I’d mind this trade, what do you guys think? 

    • Feb 21, 20131:16 am
      by Vince


      I mean a starting lineup of


      Would be pretty good, the SF spot would be weaker though, but a bench of Slava, Maxiell, Middleton, English, Knight and Bynum would be fairly solid as well. 

    • Feb 21, 20133:19 am
      by gmehl


      Vince you would of read that on bleacherreport which i wouldn’t pay too much attention to. I think most of the stuff they write is mainly just rumours and innuendo from readers like you and I. I wouldn’t mind E.Gordon but surely the only way it would happen is if it was run by Kander. Gordon has had way too many injuries and Arnie would know if he can ever get healthy again.

  • Feb 21, 20131:21 am
    by steve


    haha poor Frank

  • Feb 21, 20131:44 am
    by MrCarter


    This made my night. Thanks guys!

  • Feb 21, 20132:27 am
    by Some random guy


    Seems legit 

  • Feb 21, 20135:45 am
    by Justin


    Well Played.  Very funny!  Nice style.  

  • Feb 21, 20135:54 am
    by Gareth Masters


    Really good win last night… could have gone either way down the stretch though

  • Feb 21, 20138:27 am
    by Jeremy


    The thing that irks me the most about Frank is the damn three guard line ups. Did he not watch any film from the Curry and Keuster regimes? Is he trying to give Stuckey another identity crisis? – is he a 1…no a 2…oh wait maybe a combo…oh now he is a 3? This becomes even more irritating when you look at the roster and see three guys that can sub in for Singler at any point in time. A second unit front court of Jonas, CV, and Slava seems far more viable than trying to get more time out of your guards. What about the guy they are paying $10 mil to just sit at the end of the bench and cheer? Maggette, when it appears is needed to fill some minutes and rest a starter, couldn’t have taken his warm ups off for a few minutes?
    Then we get to J-Max starting. Really? Honestly? Come on man… Over the last five games he is averaging 3.8 pts and 2 boards per. That’s not even considering his pretty dismal numbers of 7 pts and 5.5 boards per on the season. I was on the “Start Drummond” bandwagon prior to his injury. I think I may be the charter member of the “Start Slava” bandwagon. That’s right, you heard it here folks, start Slava. Can’t really hurt anymore than having J-Max there. Only thing being lost is size on the second unit (now forced to pair J-Max with CV) and the chemistry Bynum and Slava are developing (but honestly, we all know we want to see Jose setting guys like Slava and Drummond up anyways). Once Drummond returns, simply move him into the starting line up and Slava returns to the bench. By that point in time all hope for the playoffs will be lost anyways and J-Max can dust the seat off next to Maggette for the final few weeks of the season.

  • Feb 21, 20139:36 am
    by MIKEYDE248


    Only bad thing about these grades was that it killed Maxiell’s long stretch of F’s.

    The Pistons picked a good game to play well too, why does it always have come at the Bobcat’s expense though?

  • Feb 21, 201311:15 am
    by Otis


    This made me smile.

  • Feb 21, 201311:21 am
    by Clint in Flint


    I love it, keep up the good work!

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