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Kyle Singler should start over Josh Smith

Me at the Detroit Free Press:

Singler is making a higher percentage of his two-pointers, three-pointers and free throws than Smith. Of course, Singler shoots less often than Smith, and that selectivity boosts Singler’s efficiency. But that’s the point.

The Pistons’ starting lineup doesn’t need the high-volume shooter Smith has become (he takes more shots per game than Dwyane Wade). Monroe and Andre Drummond, two extremely efficient scorers, deserve more touches. If Singler replaces Smith, some of Smith’s shots would go to Singler, but even more should be allocated to Monroe and Drummond.

Plus, Singler’s biggest advantage over Smith is three-point shooting. Another threat on the perimeter would space the floor better, leaving Monroe and Drummond more room to operate in the post.

There’s no question Smith is better defensively than Singler. But Smith might not defend small forwards better than Singler.

Smith is extremely agile for a power forward and built his sterling defensive reputation at that position, wreaking havoc on less nimble players. As a small forward, he’s getting lost chasing quicker players around screens on the perimeter.

Singler is a middle-of-the-road defender, but his best defensive position is small forward. His long arms help, as do his years of experience on the perimeter — an advantage over Smith, who mostly has been a power forward.

The numbers support this perception. Opposing small forwards have a 15.1 PER against Singler and 18.6 against Smith, according to 82Games.

Fortunately, we’re not just guessing about whether Singler would fit better than Smith with Detroit’s other four starters: Brandon Jennings, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Monroe and Drummond.

Those four have played 54 minutes with Singler. Although that’s not the 369 minutes they’ve spent with Smith, those 54 minutes make it Detroit’s fifth-most-used lineup and provide at least some perspective.

Here’s how the foursome has performed with Smith and Singler, plus how each mark would rank among the NBA’s 30 teams over the full season.

With Smith:

? Offensive rating: 97.3 (27th)

? Defensive rating: 104.0 (19th)

With Singler:

? Offensive rating: 108.0 (3rd)

? Defensive rating: 92.3 (1st)

Before reading too much into that, both sets of numbers would regress toward each other if Singler replaced Smith.

Most teams start a lineup that’s very effective, and it’s possible the Pistons just can’t assemble a really good five-man unit with anyone on this roster. If that’s the case, whomever Detroit trots out to start games is the sacrificial lamb to have its efficiency numbers slaughtered.

Then the reserves enter and perform better against other reserves. Plus, backups are used more strategically, so they often receive a higher percentage of their playing time when the matchup favors them.

A Jennings/Caldwell-Pope/Smith/Monroe/Drummond lineup appears every game, whether the matchup is good or bad. And because the Pistons are a poor team, it’s usually bad.

Cheeks uses a Jennings/Caldwell-Pope/Singler/Monroe/Drummond lineup mostly when it’s an advantageous matchup. If that lineup became the starting unit, it would face opposing starters whether the matchup were good or bad — and more often than previously, it would be bad.

But the difference in lineup efficiency is so stark, with all the other evidence, that the Pistons should at least test how much context has affected those lineups’ efficiency.

Plus, bringing Smith off the bench would make it easier for Cheeks to stagger the minutes of his bigs. Detroit is at its best when precisely two of Smith, Monroe and Drummond — no matter which pairing — are in the game. Smith doesn’t even need to lose playing time to make this work, just the prestige of his starting spot.

Of course, I’ve so far ignored what could be a major issue.

Smith is the Pistons’ highest-paid player, having just signed a four-year, $54-million contract this summer. Singler will make just more than $1 million this season and again the next.

In the NBA, salary dictates power, and Smith’s salary trumps the combined salary of Cheeks and Singler by some magnitude.

That’s why Smith got the first crack at starting at small forward, but it doesn’t mean he should hold the spot indefinitely. It’s not working, and as the Pistons are slipping out of playoff position, even in a horrid Eastern Conference, a change is necessary.

And I think Smith wants to alter the perception of him as difficult, so he might go with the move, at least publicly.

49 Comments

  • Jan 10, 201411:40 am
    by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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    i agree with everything except….Greg monroe should go to the bench…
    Defensively for defensive reasons….
    Also Greg comiing off the bench wouldnt effect Greg, he’s likely win his match ups, and off the bench he’d be a consistent scoring threat…and he could play CENTER…. where he wants to play and where he belongs

    • Jan 10, 201412:05 pm
      by Huddy

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      Greg starting doesn’t mean no minutes at Center.  The other combinations throughout the game include Greg at C and Smith at PF (with Drummond’s foul issues probably more often that you would expect).  If the point is to promote staggering then the starting line up shouldn’t be playing a greater number of minutes together anyway.  Smith won’t lose minutes so his defensive impact won’t go down.  I don’t think Greg would have a problem winning match ups at starting PF (especially with better spacing) and Smith should win his off the bench as well.  Either way a starting level player should be taking advantage of reserve level match ups.
       
      I don’t see much of a difference between sitting greg or smith but I would prefer pairing a higher efficiency Monroe with Jennings in the starting line up and allowing Smith to be “the man” even more off the bench.  Theres value to having Smith match up against starting PFs defensively, but again Smith should be shutting down reserves too,

    • Jan 10, 20141:26 pm
      by Tim Thielke

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      Or heck, Cheeks could bench Drummond. Putting any of the three on the bench to start the game would probably help matters. And I like the idea of getting Drummond more minutes with Bynum. Bynum is actively looking for Drummond on every possession.

      • Jan 10, 20141:33 pm
        by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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        Im more concerned defensively than offensively….
        I love Drummond, but he has not been the defensive enforce i’ve hope for, Josh smith is one of the best weak side shot blockers, and one of the better all-around defenders in the league….
        I believe we’ve seen the best of Greg Monroe at the 4, he is basically the same player he was last year…i’d just like to see more of Josh Smith and Drummond….
        All of a sudden pope and singler are shooting better this would be the perfect time

        • Jan 10, 20141:38 pm
          by Tim Thielke

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          If they are staggered properly, it doesn’t matter which ones start. How much time they get on the court together will be determined by how much total time they are playing.

          But most fourth year players still have some improvement in them. Monroe could be the exception, but why assume as much?

          • Jan 10, 20141:56 pm
            by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

            Offensively he will probably eventually develop that mid range….but right now its not there…so he is limited to a iso player….and defensively he is the weak link…
            WE ALL HATE SMITH JUMPERS! but he can do soo many other things on the floor, and he is no where near the liability Greg is defensively.
             

      • Jan 10, 20141:42 pm
        by Russell

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        You just brought up a point I made below.  I kinda always thought that Dre would be better as a 6th man in terms of development…as long as his 6th manship was in the interest of staggered minutes and a defined focal point.  As per Ginobili, Crawford, etc.  Starter-level stars that are 6th men because of team needs through out all quarters.
         

  • Jan 10, 201411:46 am
    by Vic

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    Thanks for putting this in the freep. Common sense that a lot of people saw before the preseason… putting it out there puts pressure on them to make the right decision. 
    I’ll do you one further: EIGHT PLAYERS ONLY Solution
    Here are the top 3 lineups from 82games http://www.82games.com/1314/1314DET2.HTMJennings-Caldwell-Pope-Singler-Monroe-Drummond +13  (START WITH THIS LINEUP)Jennings-Caldwell-Pope-Smith-Harrellson-Monroe +18 (SMITH & HARRELSON 1st off bench)
    Jennings-Stuckey-Singler-Smith-Drummond +19   (2nd Quarter Linup)Solution: Shorten the lineup to 8 players. Only play other players in an emergency (Siva/Bynum/Billups/Jerebko preferably)1s: Jennings/Stuckey2s: KCP/Stuckey3s: Singler/Smith4s: Monroe/Smith5s: Drummond/HarrelsonSince you’d rather build around the young talent than the old, I say bring Stuckey/Smith off the bench. 
    This solution starts with a strong lineup based on young talent.
    Then it Brings the complementary (offense/defense inside/out) BIGs off the bench.
    Then starts the 2nd quarter with Stuckey bringing the 6th man scoring spark.
    I realize Jennings can’t play 48, but you could either rotate the 3 guards or put Siva in for defense next to Stuckey. Stuckey’s offense is pretty simple anyway. If Stuckey is injured Bynum takes his place because they both play similarly.
    It makes so much sense, Cheeks would never do it lol

  • Jan 10, 201411:48 am
    by Vic

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    Thanks for putting this in the freep. Common sense that a lot of people saw before the preseason… putting it out there puts pressure on them to make the right decision. 
     
    I’ll do you one further: EIGHT PLAYERS ONLY Solution
    Here are the top 3 lineups from 82games http://www.82games.com/1314/1314DET2.HTM
     
    Jennings-Caldwell-Pope-Singler-Monroe-Drummond +13  (START WITH THIS LINEUP)
     
    Jennings-Caldwell-Pope-Smith-Harrellson-Monroe +18 (SMITH & HARRELSON 1st off bench)
     
    Jennings-Stuckey-Singler-Smith-Drummond +19   (2nd Quarter Linup)
     
    Solution: Shorten the lineup to 8 players. Only play other players in an emergency (Siva/Bynum/Billups/Jerebko preferably)
    1s: Jennings/Stuckey
     
    2s: KCP/Stuckey
     
    3s: Singler/Smith
     
    4s: Monroe/Smith
     
    5s: Drummond/Harrelson
     
    Since you’d rather build around the young talent than the old, I say bring Stuckey/Smith off the bench. 
     
    This solution starts with a strong lineup based on young talent.
     
    Then it Brings the complementary (offense/defense inside/out) BIGs off the bench.
     
    Then starts the 2nd quarter with Stuckey bringing the 6th man scoring spark.
     
    I realize Jennings can’t play 48, but you could either rotate the 3 guards or put Siva in for defense next to Stuckey. Stuckey’s offense is pretty simple anyway. If Stuckey is injured Bynum takes his place because they both play similarly.
     
    It makes so much sense, Cheeks would never do it lol

    • Jan 10, 201412:03 pm
      by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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      Still would rather Greg coming off the bench…
      Defensively he would still be getting exposed when guarding stretch 4′s…
      On Offense, he is all ISO….and he still is gonna clutter up the offense
      Another advantage for Josh is on defensive rebounds he can push the tempo better than Greg and run the floor better. Josh is a better passer and play-maker at the 4 than Greg would be…

      • Jan 10, 201412:25 pm
        by Vic

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        Either option would work as long as you surround them with 3 shooters.
        Josh Smith would get lit up by the same stretch 4s, he’s allergic to defending the 3 point line just like he is with SFs…
        Main difference is:
        1. Greg takes smarter shots, which helps the defense even more. Long bricks lead to more fast breaks, theres data on this.
        2. Greg is 23. You want to build a core around the same age range as Drummond. Thats if you have the foresight to think long-term like all the other smart teams in the league are doing.
        The Pistons could literally have the best of both worlds. They are already one of the youngest teams in the league. They could be a top 4 in the East team that’s also the youngest team in the east that is also built for the long term.
        The more you think about it, exactly how dumb you have to be to mess this up is amazing.
         
         

      • Jan 10, 201412:33 pm
        by Vic

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        Another reason you’d rather build off Monroe is becuase Josh Smith’s athleticism based game is about to fade, and it really already is.
        Why would you build the next 4 years on something that will be diminished in 4 years…

        • Jan 10, 20142:36 pm
          by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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          next 4 years? im thinking about saving this season!
          Greg might not even be here after the summer….
          if we can trade either and get real value for them, i’d be all for it…
          But Right now… Greg coming off the bench gives us the best chance at winning…

      • Jan 10, 20143:47 pm
        by oats

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        @ Hate Cheeks. Do you know what iso means? It’s short for isolation, and it’s when a guy gets the ball and the other players clear away from him to give him room to work. No one player can force his teammates to run isos, it has to be something the coach wants the team to do.
         
        Greg does end up in a fair amount of isos due to bad coaching. He’s a great passer, so his teammates should be moving around to try to create looks. Whether that is cutting to the basket or using screens to find a place to spot up, the team should move around to try to create passing opportunities for him. When he doesn’t have the ball he is a pretty effective screen setter, which also is helpful for creating space in a movement based offense. That’s the basis for how he was used at Georgetown in the Princeton offense, and it would make sense if the Pistons did more of that. His passing ability is actually pretty effective for creating space, or at least it would be if the team just moved around more. For whatever reason, the only 2 players on the roster that move well without the ball are Singler and Drummond. If you make it so Greg spends less time with the two of them then you will be seeing more isos for him. Smith is a similarly talented passer and also would get more out of playing with the 2 guys that move well than by coming off the bench, so sending him to the bench would have similar effects to his offensive game.
         
        My objection is not with the idea that Monroe should come off the bench. I personally don’t think it matters too much who comes off the bench. The real goal is to minimize the time that the 3 bigs are on the court together and maximize the time that 2 of them are on the court. I do think it’s odd that I keep seeing Monroe linked to isos when his game lends itself so well to a more motion based offense. He’s had a lot of isos called for him as a Piston because Detroit keeps hiring coaches that emphasize that play.

  • Jan 10, 201412:20 pm
    by maeby

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    Could the Pistons tank? They’re only 1.0 game out of the eighth-worst record in the league. Their 1st-round pick going to Charlotte is top-eight protected this year. This team’s ceiling is far too low as constructed right now, and I think it’s clear they need to start building around Drummond for the future. Getting a player in this rare draft class would help quite a bit.

    • Jan 10, 201412:37 pm
      by Smitty

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      They could, they should, but history says they are way to tarded to do it.

      • Jan 10, 20142:20 pm
        by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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        True…we’ll be a lock for the top 5 pick…and then win 8 of the last 10 game meaningless games….stupid crap like that

  • Jan 10, 201412:32 pm
    by Vic

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    Josh Smith has 54 million reasons to be happy, if he can’t get motivated to produce in 35 minutes playing 2 positions off the bench, he’s definitely the problem.

    • Jan 10, 20143:04 pm
      by Chris

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      You’re talking about guys with egos to match paychecks. I can’t be 100% sure on smith because I don’t know him personally, but the precedent has been set by other NBA players. As good as the last Piston team to win a championship was, you’re not going to convince me that they were actually more talented than the lakers. Kobe was an asshole and wouldn’t sacrifice his game to win a championship. That’s extreme, but there are several examples of younger players displaying that same bull-headedness.

      That being said I think that sending Smith to the bench so that the second unit could revolve a little bit more on exploiting the matchup issues at the 4 that he creates would be better for the team over all as opposed to sending drummond to the bench. The problem does become who is going to finish in the 4th quarter, because we know all 3 of them cannot play together.

  • Jan 10, 201412:37 pm
    by frankie d

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    The idea makes too much common sense.  It would never happen.

  • Jan 10, 201412:41 pm
    by Smitty

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    Headline ” Pistons should trade Josh Smith” yup sounds good.

  • Jan 10, 201412:47 pm
    by pistons moribund

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    Smith and Bullwinkle are two completely different players.  One is a center and one is a PF.  Hmmmm, is there really a question?  The proper lineup involves moving Bullwinkle to the bench.  We all know that he is too slow to cover most PFs in the league and with no outside shot and only a couple of moves to speak of, he should be camping in the paint.  Besides, its pretty easy to double him and his passing has been really suspect this year.  Its the fact that having two centers in the game that is causing the jam in the middle, not b/c of two PFs.  Moving Josh to his more natural position will actually free up the offense on the perimeter since Smith at least has a jump shot from 10-12 feet.
    Still cant understand why people are so gaga over Bullwinkle, does anyone actually watch the games?  Watching him get striped, double teamed and getting his shots blocked by the rim seems like a clear indicator that he is out there to stuff the stat sheet and waiting for his next pay day.  Wonder why he gets pulled when the team need defense.  This team cannot win by outscoring their opponents and they cannot win without defense. 
    Oh yeah, NO MORE MO!!!!

  • Jan 10, 201412:59 pm
    by cr29

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    As long as J Smith is on the court at the end of the game I think we’ll be *just fine*.

    • Jan 10, 20141:54 pm
      by MIKEYDE248

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      If you watched him jack up that air ball in their last game at the end of the game, I would think he’s the last one you would want on the court at the end of the game.

      • Jan 10, 20143:05 pm
        by Chris

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        That sarcasm flew right by you didn’t it?

  • Jan 10, 20141:03 pm
    by pistons moribund

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    Sarcasm noted*  Sometimes a player is the product of his environment and/or coach.

  • Jan 10, 20141:06 pm
    by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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    @Hubby are you really gonna defend Greg as a equal defender to Josh Smith?
     

    • Jan 10, 20141:35 pm
      by Huddy

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      No thats why I didn’t say that at any point (in fact I said there is value defensively to starting Smith against starting level PFs).
       
      I think choosing which one to start has give and take.  Smith is a better defender, but pairing his shooting with Jennings has a negative effect as well IMO.  Starting or sitting Smith doesn’t mean any more or less minutes for him or Monroe.  Monroe’s defense is going to be just as poor at whatever point in the game he plays.  I think Smith has more qualities that make him a spark plug (steals, running the break, etc.) that make him more of a fit to come off the bench and run the show. 

      • Jan 10, 20142:18 pm
        by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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        When smith is at the PF although small sample….He is a much, much better all around player than Greg…meaning defensively and offensively…
        We all realize Josj Smith at SF has failed, but he bring more to the Table than Greg…
        Also, I can leave will the lack of ball movemt with the 2nd unit and Greg getting the touches, but i hate it with the starter… he holds the ball too long….He is becoming a black hole..

        • Jan 10, 20142:46 pm
          by D_S_V

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          A black hole? Jennings and Smith each take almost 4 more shots per game than Monroe and do so while shooting much less efficiently (and playing lots of iso themselves). Seriously. Come on. You can’t be serious. 

        • Jan 10, 20144:00 pm
          by oats

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          Greg’s less of a passer this year largely because his touches are way down from last year. Smith and Jennings eat up too many possessions to also get Monroe enough touches. That’s part of why it makes sense to try to separate that 3 man group.

    • Jan 10, 20141:36 pm
      by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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      Sorry I meant Vic not …
      And we already know what Greg is….we either want him or we dont…im sure we already have a price that we are willing to offer or to match for him…
       

  • Jan 10, 20141:25 pm
    by jamesjones_det

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    I actually think this make sense but I worry about our defense with Jennings, Singler and Monroe on the floor at the same time.  I don’t think KCP and Drummond can make up for the lack of D those 3 play.
     
    Offensively it would definitely be a plus I think.

    • Jan 10, 20143:11 pm
      by Chris

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      I think singler, while obviously not going to get confused as a defensive player of the year, gets a bad wrap as a defender because he played shoot guard for so long. Do I have concerns over him playing against certain starting SFs? Yes, but for most of those guys it’s a concerning matchup (Lebron, Anthony, etc). I have faith that singler is at least average on defense at his natural position. Anyone with numbers to back me up on that one?

    • Jan 10, 20143:50 pm
      by oats

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      Well, that lineup plays way better defense than the 3 big lineup does so far.

  • Jan 10, 20141:39 pm
    by Russell

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    I’m trying not to offend anyone’s Dre sensibilities here.  But why not have him coming off the bench?
     
    - He’s 20.  There are things that he just doesn’t do yet…like box out (seriously, watch him.  If he boxed out, he’s average 20 boards a game)  Youngster mistakes and style of play are less glaring against second string competition.
     
    - He’s 20 and he’s a team guy.  I dont think he would pout or whine about his rightful place in the starting lineup.  He just doesnt seem like that guy.  yet.
     
    - He’s got obvious report with Will Bynum.
     
    - He runs the floor, as the second unit should be doing.
     
    - Dre and Harrelson (or…ahem…Charlie V) make a solid inside/outside front line capable of spreading the floor due to the threat of a lob to the rim collapsing the defense to allow an open stretch 4 (i cringed when I typed that) to set up shop in the corners.
     
    - This gives Dre some more touches and focus. Feed the moose.  Shit, let Gred and Josh run their own pick and roll like Josh and Horford used to.  They can both pass.  Let them run some things for each other and use KCP, Singler and Jennings as shooters.  
     
    I have no expertise…but it seems like moving dre to the 6th man role would open up alot of clutter in the starting lineup, bolster the second unit, and gives Dre a chance to be a focal point during stretches of games that we could potentially dominate.

    • Jan 10, 20141:57 pm
      by jamesjones_det

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      And he could end up with less fouls at the start of the 4th.  I wouldn’t be against it, sadly I don’t think it will happen.
       
      Honestly I could get behind any scenario that doesn’t feature all three of our bigs out one the floor for long stretches together.

    • Jan 10, 20142:07 pm
      by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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      completely Disagree…
      Even with him learning to box out….he is still our best rebounder by far….
      Not to mention what he does on the offensive boards….
      Bynum is a 32 year old back up PG…Drummond is 20…. Bynum might not be on this team come the trade deadline, let alone next year…. it would be better for him to develop a better on floor chemistry with Jennings… (Bynum starts to throw crazy alley-oops and Drummond always goes for them, not matter how awkward and out of control they are)
       we cant say build the team around Drummond, but them say he’d look great with Harrellson of the bench.
       

      • Jan 10, 20143:17 pm
        by Chris

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        I’d like to mix that up some really. I mean really I think the idea of Smith as a typical 6th man, but I wouldn’t be opposed to a lineup of Bynum, KCP, Singler, Harrellson and Drummond against a weak front court to work on some of Dre’s post moves for a few minutes in that game. Being on the Box is a game is different from practice and having the space that those 4 give him would help him learn passing as well as scoring from there. Also using smith or jerebko for singler would allow for a slasher, and I’m sure drummond could toss the ball in the vacinity of the rim when Smith’s man comes to double him on the block.
         

  • Jan 10, 20142:07 pm
    by Terrence

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    Another FA player asked to defer to the players, he has destroyed before his arrival to the pistons. 
    Disgusting

  • Jan 10, 20142:30 pm
    by hoophabit

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    Most would agree that playing Drummond, Monroe and Smith together doesn’t work in most circumstances.  It’s a pretty good basis for a big rotation though, and the Pistons just have to have the wherewithal to make a move in that direction.  Which one starts the game on the bench is a coach’s call.  I think the point about looking for pairings that demonstrate some rapport is a good one.  Drummond, as a 20 year old second year player is at a point in his career where this might be more palatable, and he might welcome it as he has looked a little gassed of late. 

    • Jan 10, 20143:24 pm
      by Chris

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      Being gassed has nothing to do with starting. Look at some of those prime 6th men. They are still playing 35 minutes a game. That’s what gasses you. Now say starting Dre and then subbing him out at like the 8-9 minute mark, and keeping smith in, then subbing drummond in for Monroe say 6-7 minutes into the 2nd period (ideal without foul trouble) and the minutes are balanced a lot better, also the 3 aren’t sharing the floor together all that much (none in this hypothetical situation).

      Maybe shortening that big man rotation to only 3 and splitting the minutes between smith, monroe and drummond is an option. If we run into foul trouble we use Harrellson or CV, and ride them if they are shooting well (I can’t believe I said CV and shooting well…). Jerebko could spell at the 3 or 4 as well.

  • Jan 10, 20142:50 pm
    by frankie d

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    Anyone who would argue that smith is a better player than monroe has obviously not seen much BB or taken a look at the cold hard numbers for both players.
    Take a look at the player comparison finder – look at the advanced stats for their first 3 years – over at BB reference.com.  it compares the two players and it is not even close. 

  • Jan 10, 20143:03 pm
    by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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    the ONLY Positive is that Pope might just be coming around…
    He has scored in double figures in 3 of the last 4 games…with very good first halves of basketball…
    Over the last 20 games he making about 40% of his 3′s….
    Singler, over the last 20 games is shooter better than 50 from the field and knocking down the three ball at around 45%….
    it comes down to coaching…… 

  • Jan 10, 20146:43 pm
    by AYC

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    Monroe and Drummond should start the game.
    Smith and Drummond should start the 3rdQ.
    Smith and Monroe should finish it.
     

  • Jan 10, 201410:20 pm
    by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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    Tonight was the perfect example of more Josh at PF…he can just impact the game more…numbers don’t lie

  • Jan 10, 201410:25 pm
    by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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    Good to see Pope finally start to find himself

  • Jan 11, 201412:06 am
    by Cornelius

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    SINGLER SHOULD START OVER KCP IF ANYTHING

    • Jan 11, 20141:31 am
      by oats

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      No, that doesn’t make sense. The reason to do it is to break up the 3 big lineup. The team is quite good with only 2 of them and quite bad with all 3 of them. The purpose of the move is to maximize time with 2 of the bigs on the court while minimizing time with all 3 of them or fewer than 2 of them. Putting Singler in Pope’s spot defeats the purpose of adding him to the starting lineup since it would no longer be about splitting up the 3 big lineup.

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