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Old 01-12-2018, 01:19 PM   #16
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So there's been a few names in the trade rumors lately. Stanley Johnson is one that is being thrown out there. It makes sense. He's been a complete bust for us but still has a little upside. He's for sure not going to work out here. That's obvious. Maybe he can make a turn around somewhere else like Dinwiddie did. It's obvious he's not going to be a Piston for the long run.

The other name that seems to keep being in the rumors is Reggie Jackson. It's pretty clear that SVG doesn't see him as good enough. It's just his best option for now. It's also clear we can't be a good team with him. This team is very mediocre. It's slightly above mediocre with him, but he can never stay healthy. The thing that sucks is no team is just going to swap us an upgrade at PG for him. That wouldn't make sense. Since the Pistons are now stuck in mediocrity we will never end up with a good enough pick to make a difference. This is exactly what I've been worried about forever now. Part of the problem is we win when Tobias scores over 20 typically. If he doesn't then we lose. He needs help. He's nearing an all-star level but he isn't quite consistent enough. Plus teams can focus on him.

Kennard is the guy that teams want. SVG has said no way to that. One would think he would play more if SVG was actually so high on him. I think teams know what Detroit does with rookies and they know they would play them more and they would do better in their systems. If we're going to be mediocre may as well develop someone while we're at it. I like what Kennard has done so far. Mitchell is the guy we could really use, hindsight 20/20, but I still think Kennard is going to be good. Which scares me about giving Bradley a long term deal. Sure they have him play SF some. That's not his position though. If they sign him to a 4 or 5 year deal then Kennard will be benched for that many years basically. Or if they go small and start Bradley and Kennard we can count on not winning for another half decade. This team is very frustrating. For as smart as SVG is, and he really does say a lot of stuff that makes sense, he is just terrible with the roster moves. He needs to coach and the team needs a real GM that is in charge of the roster 100%. I think throughout the league it's pretty much proven that coaches with a lot of power over the roster (like the Clippers for example) don't have good results.
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Old 01-14-2018, 02:39 PM   #17
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FWIW, I dont see Stanley as a bust. He has some bonehead moments but he rarely gives up on defense where I believe he's an asset as opposed to RJ's defensive liability.

RJ in my opinion is the one we need to get rid of. Super talented, but selective in when he applies it. When he moves the ball within the first 10 seconds of the shot clock, things go well. But he'll often dribble away the shot clock leaving no time for team offense. Excellent finisher around the rim but unpredictable when he'll turn it on and be aggressive. Possibly because of his injuries, but regardless of reason it's not good to have a tentative PG out there.

The upside is that we've gotten to see the potential from guys like Luke and Dwight, who seem to be thriving. We'll see what happens with the addition of Felder in his temporary contract.
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Old Today, 02:53 AM   #18
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Dinwiddie made us letting him go look really bad today lol. He's clearly no where near the same player he was a few years ago. He really looks like he should be a NBA starter now. Without a doubt one of the most improved players. Everyone including myself though he was a bust.
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