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Joe Dumars IS a genius

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , on November 16, 2009 by dunkonu

Okay, maybe this is a bit of an overstatement, but it is pretty close to the truth. Most Detroit fans (including myself) where doubting his moves in the offseason. Signing Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva to big time contracts to build a team around them and Rodney Stuckey? Can we make it work this time around with two shooting guards? Are we going to see a lot of smallball in the 4th quarter again? And so on…

Well, looking at the situation now and a season ago, I have to say that I’m freakin’ happy with the way we play, the way the players behave on and off the court and the way Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva fit into the team. It is a joy to watch.

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Much better than last season!

Maybe we were a bit too scared to go through the whole Allen Iverson thing again. Thank God that didn’t happen again – last season was really awful. This year everything looks much better and the most surprising thing: We are playing hard and winning games. I never questioned the ‘playing hard’ thing, but the ‘winning games’ part took me by surprise.

Some interesting bullets:

  • Richard Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince missed more than half of our games and we are still 5-5
  • Ben Gordon is our leading scorer and #12 in the league (scoring average 22.4 points/game)
  • We have one of the best defenses in the NBA (points/game and percentage)
  • We have the best scoring backcourts in the league –  it’s not even close
  • We nearly beat the Dallas Mavericks yesterday even tho our topscorer only hit 1 of his 16 shots – if he would have scored on, let’s say, 20-25% of his shots, we would have probably won this game…crazy, right?
  • No matter who we play against, we go hard!

The additions of Gordon and Villanueva were awesome. Combined with Stuckey stepping up his game, the re-emergence of Big Ben Wallace and the surprisingly effective players coming of our bench (special thanks go to Mr. Jerebko!) we are looking really good out there.

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He is back!

No matter if we win or lose, it is always fun to watch the games. Last season even our wins were mostly painful to watch. Now the players are hustling all over the floor, moving the basketball, doing all the little things, going to the rim hard, hitting big three pointers – everything! Basketball at it’s finest. If you don’t watch Detroit Basketball and you get the chance to…do it! Believe me, you won’t be disappointed.

Proud to be a Piston

Proud to be a Piston

 Thank you, Detroit!

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Ben Gordon & Charlie Villanueva – Update

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , on November 6, 2009 by dunkonu

If you are reading blogs on WordPress and you were looking for something on Ben Gordon and/or Charlie Villanueva, chances are pretty high that you stumbled on this post from July ’09: Ben Gordon & Charlie Villanueva. It is time for an update, I guess.

Charlie Villanueva missed most of the preseason with an injury and still kinda doesn’t look like he knows where he has to be on defense at all times. He missed some rotations in the first games of the season, but it didn’t hurt as that much – especially because this problem will take care of itself by playing together for longer stretches. The situation got worse, because Rip got injured and a little while later Tayshaun also didn’t play because of some back problems. Being new on a squad and than pretty much half of the starting 5 getting injured doesn’t help.

If you would put a gun to my head and ask me if he played up to the expectations we had, the answer would be no. It is way too early to judge someone after only 5 games, but right now he just isn’t getting it done. 11 points and 5.4 boards in 26 minutes per game just ain’t worth the money Detroit spent on him. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, tho, because his shooting percentages are way off his career average. Right now, he is hitting 0,05% less from the field and his free throw percentage fell by 0,1%. This maybe doesn’t sound like much, but it is huge (0,450 FG-% is way better than 0,400 FG-%). By finding the spots on the court he likes and starting to feel more comfortable out there, the percentages will rise and the rest of his game will improve accordingly.

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CV-31 & BG-7

Ben Gordon is pretty much the opposite of everything you read above. Funny thing is, I thought that Charlie Villanueva would be the one that would look more impressive in the beginning, but obviously I was wrong. Ben Gordon looks like he played on this team for years – no transition period whatsoever. To be honest with you, I didn’t respect Ben Gordon so much, because I always thought he was one of those so-called ‘streaky shooters’ and I was afraid that we overpaid him because of the Boston – Chicago series in the last playoffs. I was so wrong. This guy deserves every penny (so far) he got signed for.

  • He never said a word about coming off the bench.
  • He can play with either Stuckey or Bynum on the court.
  • He can create his own shot or kick it out to an open teammate.
  • He can take it to the rim and finish like a bad, bad man.
  • He gives us the scoring we need off the bench or takes over Rip’s spot while he is injured – no problem for BG

This guy is ridiculous. So far, he dropped 25 points per game and dished out 3 assists while also having enough time to grab 3.6 boards per game. Looking at his current stats, he is on a pretty nice way to career highs in points, rebounds, steals and field goal percentage while also having the lowest turnover-rate of his career even tho he has more ballhandling duties than ever before. Is there anything more we can ask for?

So, Ben Gordon is doing his thing better than ever and if Villanueva steps his game up in the next few games, there won’t be a question about if Joe Dumars signed the right guys to complete the Detroit Pistons core.

BTW: Funny stat I stumbled upon: Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva have the same career high in ‘points scored in a single game’. 48 points – plus, both did it in a game against Milwaukee.

Ben Gordon & Charlie Villanueva

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2009 by dunkonu

First, here are the facts:

Ben Gordon agreed to a deal that is worth about $ 58 mil/5 years and Charlie Villanueva agreed to a deal that will pay him $ 40 mil/5 years. That is about $100 mil in the next 5 years for the Detroit Pistons so Gordon and Villanueva better bring their A game.

I’m not sure if I like this or not. Throwing big money at Ben Gordon when we could probably got him for less doesn’t bother me too much, but are those two guys really worth an investment like this? Will they turn our team around and get us through the 1st round of the playoffs? I don’t see it. We desperately need a big man who can put the ball in the basket and Charlie Villanueva could fill that hole. He won’t score 20 a night, but he is a threat around the hoop at least.

But what is up with Joe D and his new found love for undersized volume shooters? Is a guy who is taking 25 shots a game while only scoring on 40% of them really worth $11-12 mil a year? Did his 1st round performance against the Celtics really put him that much over the top? I think Joe is still riding this “we need somebody to trade baskets with the other teams superstar in the final minutes“-wave (he got that after LeBron destroyed us in the game that shall not be named a few years back – scoring like the last 25 points for the Cavs – you know what I’m talking about). We used to be a team that didn’t need anyone to step up in the final seconds, because we took care of business early and cruised to victory. Once upon a time, when we did need somebody to step up, there was this guy called “Mr. Big Shot” – they didn’t give him that nickname for nothing.

Can't wait for the 1st Pistons - Bulls game

Can't wait for the next Pistons - Bulls game

Now, times have changed. Ben Gordon will be our starting shooting guard (yeah, I know he is saying he will come off the bench, be our 6th man ‘n’ stuff – but just wait til we hit our first 3 games losing streak)…so…what will happen with Rip? Rip has a big contract and those are hard to get rid off nowadays. Will they move him to small forward and trade Tayshaun? Well, looking at the draft and the Tayshaun-clone we drafted in the 1st round – could be. Would I like that? Hell no. Would I prefer a Rip trade? No, I’d like to have both guys around, but that won’t happen. We still need a big man and now we are limited to trading, because we threw our cap space away in a single day. Joe D could have at least pretended to be taking a look at David Lee and let the Knicks match the offer or whatever, but you know what they say in NY…it is what it is.