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Detroit Pistons Draft Pick: Brandon Knight

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , on June 24, 2011 by dunkonu

Brandon Knight, a University of Kentucky product, playing the Point Guard position is a part of the Detroit Pistons since a few hours. Let me walk you through my thought process:

  1. Brandon Knight -another guard? Oh, c’mon…
  2. …Stuckey, Rip, BG, Bynum…we don’t have enough minutes for the guys we have…
  3. I want Biyombo! Okay, forget about that…thanks to Darko we had our fair share of “talented international big man that just need a little bit of developing their skills” already…
  4. Brandon Knight – University of Kentucky…a Wildcat? I hope he has a higher ceiling than John Wall – yup, I’m not a fan.

    Brandon Knight

    Brandon Knight

Well, after doing some very professional research (aka googling the guy), it’s not looking too bad. Actually, I’m becoming a bigger fan by the minute! What got me first, was the following quote from the NBA homepage:

“Knight broke the Kentucky freshman scoring record for points in a season (657) that had been only a year old. John Wall scored 616 points a year ago. Knight also knocked down a Kentucky freshman record 87 three-pointers.”

That sounds pretty good to me. Knight also went through the Calipari PG drills like Derrick Rose, John Wall and Tyreke Evans before him – not exactly the worst company to be with, right? If you want to read some further reviews on this guys from University coaches, check this link out and scroll down: NBA Prospect Brandon Knight. Little excerpt:

“I told him that his curve is probably sharper than even Derrick’s or Tyreke’s or John’s.” – Kentucky coach John Calipari

“He’s got the ability to not only score, but he makes players better around him. … He is a heck of a player. He is a challenge to guard.” – Ohio State coach Thad Matta

“I think he’s a better player in the half court than John Wall was. He shoots the ball better. He goes by you on the dribble. He’s got a super mind for the game. He makes passes that makes players better.” – Georgia coach Mark Fox

A point guard who knows how to score and who makes players around him better? I’m sold! Yeah, I’m easy like that. Give me a cool stat and a few nice quotes and I’m thinking next Derrick Rose here – okay, that’s a bit far-fetched, but you get my point, I guess.

One thing I need to get rid of about the Draft while we are at it:

If Kemba Walker, who was picked by the Bobcats right after Knight, has a better season than Knight, people will start questioning Joe Dumars again. Walker is a flashy, high-scoring guard in a league where the current MVP is just that – attacking the rim, scoring at will and so on…very good pick.

In Joe we trust…but don’t mess this up. Please.

‘Big Ben’ Wallace is back

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , on July 11, 2010 by dunkonu

According to ESPN and nba.com Ben Wallace will resign with Detroit for the next two seasons. He’ll earn nearly $ 2 millions a year which isn’t nearly enough if you consider that this guy is the heart & soul of the Pistons. If Joe D is able to resign Will Bynum soon we are ready to start some trade talks and get our roster together for the upcoming season.

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!

Chauncey Billups named Sportsmanship Award winner

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by dunkonu

Chauncey got the Joe Dumars trophy – which reflects fair play, integrity and behavior on and off the court. (Is it just me or is it ironic that Chauncey got a trophy named after the guy who traded him?)

Anyway, this award is special, because each team nominates one of it’s players for this award and NBA players vote who gets it. This tells us two things:

  1. NBA players know that Chauncey Billups is a class act.
  2. The Denver Nuggets know that Melo isn’t. Just kidding, Melo is running wild on the Hornets right now. He will have to step it up in the next series, tho.

Congrats on winning the award, Chauncey! This playoffs are special and I hope that the Nuggets will make the Western Conference Finals and give the Lakers a run for their money.