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About the Charlotte Bobcats…

Essentials

  • Teams: Charlotte Bobcats (18-60) at Detroit Pistons (27-52)
  • Date: April 12, 2013
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

The bottom of the standings is a lonely place.

Especially in the Eastern Conference.

The Charlotte Bobcats currently reside on this terrain and should they finish the season there, they will have done so in back-to-back seasons.

This will give Michael Jordan an opportunity to continue building through the draft, but look at how that turned out for the Los Angeles Clippers. It literally took them generations before the strategy resulted into any type of success.

And let’s not forget, the Clips acquired Blake Griffin via the NBA draft and then assembled players through trades and free agency. This seems pertinent because the Bobcats don’t look like a team that will go that route in the near future.

Forget mediocrity, these guys might be bad for a while. And even worse, they might be alone.

The bad teams will get better.

The Cleveland Cavaliers might be a losing team at present time, but they have pieces that bring optimism. The Washington Wizards have looked far better with John Wall back in the fold running the point for them.

The Orlando Magic’s record is similar to Charlotte’s, but the Magic have gems on their roster that could potentially become studs.

The Philadelphia 76ers have the ongoing saga with Andrew Bynum, but if he is ever healthy enough to play, the Sixers are more than likely a playoff team. The Toronto Raptors on the other hand now have a core of Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas to fall back on.

That leaves us with one non-playoff east team: the Detroit Pistons.

After watching the Cavs self-destruct against them on April 10, Detroit earned their 27th win of the season. Let’s not mince words here: the Pistons are the one Eastern Conference team that’s toughest to predict going forward.

Whether it’s internal improvement or bringing in new players, the direction isn’t quite clear-cut. The young guys have a chance to be really good, but it might take some time.

In that sense, the Pistons are a little similar to the Magic. They have a few intriguing pieces and will be armed with cap room at the end of the season. But will the team allow the roster to grow, or will it invest in overpriced veteran players?

With the offseason right around the corner for the Pistons, we should be getting an answer relatively soon. But one thing seems fairly clear at this juncture: the Pistons should still be better than the Bobcats next year.

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38 Comments

  • Apr 12, 20137:49 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Why not Stuckey as our PG?

    • Apr 12, 20138:13 pm
      by Brandon Knight

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      Knight and Stuckey look good together!

      I hate Frank, this should have been our backcourt from the beginning of the season.

      • Apr 12, 20138:29 pm
        by Blocks by Dre (Burke for the win!!)

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        It was…

        • Apr 12, 20138:31 pm
          by Brandon Knight

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          It was but not for long!

          • Apr 12, 201310:13 pm
            by Mark

            It wasn’t really, because Knight was playing PG, which he’s not good at, and Stuckey was playing SG and he cant shoot. Now they are criss-crossed into better positions to succeed. Lots of fans called for that at the beginning of the year, but Frank was unable to figure it out until 80 games later lol

      • Apr 12, 20139:10 pm
        by Lorenzo

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        Lol, come on now. JJ, Stuckey, and Knight looked ridiculousness horrible in allotted times this season. And the Stuck and Knight combo looked gawd awful in their time together, doesn’t matter how limited the time was; even the most incompetent of coaches would make the change. Let’s not overstate one “performance” against the worst team in the league; make no bones about it, these guys were terrible and earned the places/positions/predicament they found themselves in.

      • Apr 12, 201311:31 pm
        by Vic

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        No hemade Stuckey sg and Knight pg even though they worked well in opposite positions last year.

    • Apr 13, 20131:09 am
      by Huddy

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      what happened to your blind faith in BK being our PG of the future @brandonknight

  • Apr 12, 20138:32 pm
    by Blocks by Dre (Burke for the win!!)

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    Jonas has been great these past few weeks! His jumper is really starting to stick with him and he slash take it to the rack…if he can keep up with SF’s in this league why not give him a look as our starting SF instead of Singler? Middleton has been good too so between him and Jonas one of them should draw the start in the last game or so

    • Apr 12, 20138:38 pm
      by gmehl

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      Is it possible to boost your trade value against the Bobcats or doesn’t it count?

      • Apr 12, 20138:58 pm
        by Blocks by Dre (Burke for the win!!)

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        It probably doesn’t count since the Bobcats makes even the worst players on any given team look good, but if it could boost trade value, bows our chance to try trading Knight for a lottery pick this year. Utah is looking for a PG we could draft Burke and trade our pick to Utah or NO and draft a SG or SF. No offense to Knight, I like him he has heart and can light it up shooting but he probably is not our PG of the future and I think his best outlook long term on a good team is 6th man

        • Apr 12, 20139:03 pm
          by gmehl

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          This time next season I think you might just be right. The only problem is that you could also be wrong. Decisions decisions.

  • Apr 12, 20138:38 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Jerebko - I just don’t understand why he was benched most of the season! Wow!

  • Apr 12, 20138:42 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Pistons players like (Middleton, Jerebko, Singler and Charlie V) need to start shooting that open three when somebody body passes it to them. They keep driving it in and then fail to convert!

  • Apr 12, 20139:01 pm
    by gmehl

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    Say bye bye McLemore, Porter, Oladipo, Smart, Noel, Bennett and maybe even Burke. Speaking of Burke did anyone see that story of Burke maybe going top 3 in the draft?

    • Apr 12, 20139:08 pm
      by tarsier

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      You think the Pistons are going to fall out of the top 7? Really? Who do you think they’re gonna catch? Washington? Toronto? Minnesota? Philly?

      • Apr 12, 20139:17 pm
        by gmehl

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        All i am saying is that we could be looking at 7th and you just know at that spot Joe will reach for someone outside of the guys I mentioned above.

      • Apr 12, 201310:33 pm
        by Corey

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        We now have as many wins as Sacramento, and one less than Washington and Monnesoto. Ido we could end up drafting behind all 3 of them with one more win and a little bad luck. Is it so hard to read the standings?  Why don’t you think we could catch them?

        The only consolation is that part of the reason for the sudden wins is that Andre is back- and is really good.

         

        • Apr 12, 201311:24 pm
          by tarsier

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          It would take two more wins and some bad luck or one more win and a whole lot of bad luck. As in, Minny and Washington both going without another win and both managing to beat Detroit on the coin flip.

          That’s quite improbable. Also, Detroit’s two remaining games are against superior teams, one a great deal so.

  • Apr 12, 20139:04 pm
    by tarsier

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    Drummond’s having a really bad game.

    • Apr 12, 20139:05 pm
      by gmehl

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      Yep

      • Apr 12, 20139:24 pm
        by Brandon Knight

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        not anymore

        • Apr 12, 201310:10 pm
          by tarsier

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          he had an abysmal first half and a good second half, decent game overall

  • Apr 12, 20139:19 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    I hate when the Pistons force up shots while somebody is open on the 3 point line. SMH it is all about the coaching!

  • Apr 12, 20139:31 pm
    by PG

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    Bobcats showing us how to tank the right way. 

  • Apr 12, 20139:38 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    I want drummond to ger back to back 20 & 10 games..

  • Apr 12, 20139:40 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    I said it last year, Gilchrist want worth a number 2 pick

    • Apr 12, 201310:16 pm
      by tarsier

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      The consensus was that nobody was worth a 2nd overall pick. It was Davis and everyone else. But the Bobcats had to pick someone. And they weren’t going to take a relative unknown like Lillard or a major risk like Drummond that high.

      So who were they supposed to grab? Beal? Robinson? Barnes? None of those guys look particularly better than MKG so far.

  • Apr 12, 20139:46 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    dre down …. this kid is gonna give me gray hair, I don’t know if he has low pain tolorance or is he seriously hurt 

  • Apr 12, 201310:02 pm
    by D_S_V

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    Gotta love how the Pistons can take a giant DUMP on the 2012-2013 season and still manage to screw themselves over some more at the end with these meaningless wins. 

    • Apr 12, 201310:19 pm
      by tarsier

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      Yes, their last couple games are against relatively mild competition. But to be fair, for most of the season, we didn’t expect them to get this low in the standings. If you told me a month ago that they’d be finishing with probably the 5th-7th worst record in the league, I’d have gladly taken that.

      • Apr 12, 201310:44 pm
        by I HATE FRANK

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        Happen every year,only reason a little okay with it is because Dre is the big reason we are winning

        • Apr 12, 201311:15 pm
          by tarsier

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          They’ve won 5 of their last 20 games. That hardly counts as ending the season on a tear. And the remaining two against Philly and Brooklyn are immensely loseable.

  • Apr 12, 201310:42 pm
    by Chris N

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    “Let’s not mince words here: the Pistons are the one Eastern Conference team that’s toughest to predict going forward.”

    Um, what?  The Pistons are far from a slam dunk from becoming a force next season, but why are they any more difficult to predict than the other teams you mentioned?  

    Philadelphia has serious issues with their coach, what to do with Andrew Bynum and gauging just what they have in Evan Turner.  

    Washington has a player in Bradley Beal, but they have an ailing player in Nene, an overpriced player in Emeka Okafor and a question mark in Jan Vesley.  

    Orlando has some prospects, but nothing that, as of yet, screams “star player”.

    Cleveland has a superstar in the making in Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson looks to be rounding in to form, but they’re far from being a sure bet.

    Toronto has what looks to be a solid core, but they also have less financial flexibility than the previously mentioned teams. Kyle Lowry may not fit as the point guard they thought he was going to be.

    So why exactly are the Pistons any more difficult to prognosticate than these other teams? 

  • Apr 12, 201311:05 pm
    by Ozzie-Moto

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    For how many season now do the Pistons go on a mini winning streak at the end of the season .. partially because other teams are tanking and partly our player were playing better to make sure they got new contracts etc …..  don’t be fooled by fools gold …  they have along way to go and changes need to continue…. 

  • Apr 12, 201311:10 pm
    by Ozzie-Moto

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    For how many season now do the Pistons go on a mini winning streak at the end of the season .. partially because other teams are tanking and partly our player were playing better to make sure they got new contracts etc …..  don’t be fooled by fools gold …  They have along way to go and changes need to continue….   This we are a player away talk  is silly.   The team needs a new coach … a real point (if JC is not signed defensive liability that he is)  forget Knight or Stuckey at the point they are  NOT IT,   a real good starting wing player.   a back up power forward center and drop dead shoot 2 at the least …….

  • Apr 12, 201311:43 pm
    by Desolation Row

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    League Pass was a waste of money this year…

  • Apr 13, 20139:56 am
    by hoophabit

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    Of course the Pistons aren’t a single player away, but they have the opportunity for much more turnover than that.  The draft is a crapshoot, and free agency has more potential for immediate impact.  Having our young bigs demonstrate their abilities is a good thing in terms of attracting free agents.  I can’t get behind this idea of intentionally losing games.  What motivation would players, all of whom wish to continue their careers, have to tank?

    League Pass is for basketball fanatics.  If you’re in a situation where it’s the only way to see your home team, that’s tough.  I bought LP and have enjoyed it very much, but I see none of the Piston games on it.  

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