Blog Entry

Player Assessment (First Half)

Posted on: January 17, 2008 11:01 am
Edited on: February 10, 2008 1:16 am

Welcome to Pistons Central, since I quit talking about my team on the main NBA boards it's time for me to blog about em.  I'm gunna go through our starting 5 and 6th man Jason Maxiell.

Chauncey Billups - Why couldn't he be this good from the begining of his career??  Right now I think Chauncey is one of the top 5 PG's in the league.  Great Defense, focused, distrubutor, CLUTCH.  Chauncey has been knockin down last second shots for years now.  He has earned his nickname, Mr. Big Shot.  He probly wont go down as one of the best PG's to play the game, but I KNOW that the great fans of Detroit will never forget what he's done here.

Richard Hamilton - I think we can call him Mr. Consistant.  Rip is always good for 20 points a night.  He's not your slashing, ball handling SG, but Rip can shoot the lights out from anywhere on the court.  Joe D traded our best player(at the time) Jerry Stackhouse and a couple scrubs for Rip and a couple scrubs, and I bet everyone thought he was crazy.  Rip has proved that he was well worth it and has been our leading scorer for 3 or 4 years straight now.      Did anybody notice that Rip has become a lot more fiesty since he started wearing the mask a couple years ago???

Tayshaun Prince - 7 foot wingspan!! Tay is our lock-down defender and our "X-Factor".  He played an important role in our title run.  His defense is great and he shows he can play offense very good but very inconsistant.  He needs to put his back to the basket more and let those stretch armstrong arms do the work. 

Antonio Mcdyess - I'd rather have him start than an old, fat, slow Chris Webber.  'Dyess was awsome til he was hit with all the injuries but never gave up.  He can still defend well and rebound really good too.  He has worked on his jumper since he cant just go out and dunk on everyone like he used to.

My Favorite Piston, Mr. Rasheed Wallace - Man, this guy is fun to watch.  He took us over the top when we acquired him in '04.  I know he lets his temper get out of hand most of the time but I'd rather have a player that gets in the other teams head than one who doesn't say anything.  'Sheed is a top 10 PF in the NBA today.  He' one of the best defenders, one of the best in the post(barely does it anymore), and has developed a 3-point shot(that he shoots too much).  He is our most versatile players because he can do it all.  IMO if 'Sheed woulda had a better attitude(keep the emotion) all his career he woulda been mentioned as one of the greatest at his position. 

6th man of the year???(probly not)...

Jason Maxiell - He is our spark off the bench.  He brings that much needed energy that other bench players feed off of too.  He is still a young player so his game is still improving.  He is a good defender but like Skee-Lo said,"I wish I was a little bit TALLER".  He is a little wild in the post with his shot but he still needs time to develop a post game. 

That's my Pistons Central Player Assessment.


Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2008 10:08 pm

Player assessment

I like your post but one thing i think you got wrong is about Tayshaun. He is not inconsistant with his offense, he is not agressive with his offense, so he doesnt always put up big numbers.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2008 3:27 pm

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I agree completely, Ginobli is one of the best in the league at his position and should be starting.  He plays the whole game anyways so why not just start.  Maxiell is the best true sixth man.

Great blog on the best team in the NBA.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2008 1:39 pm

Player assessment

Great job.  I would like to see more out of prince on a consistent basis.  you're totally right that he's the X factor.  when he's playing well it's lights out for the pistons.  sheed is the same way.  billups and rip are our night in night out guys. 

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2008 6:38 pm

Player assessment

  I'm with you here, I think Jermine O'Neal would be easy to get at this point and would make our bench the best in the league.   Question is would he be willing to make that type of sacrifice to attempt to win a championship?  With us he would not have to do as much (similiar to the Antonio McDyess situation) and extend his career.   We might be able to steal him for a second round pick.  I don't know if I would give up too much more than that thou. 


Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2008 3:00 am

Player assessment

A question regarding Piston's personnel....

When they play the Mavericks, who usually guards Dirk?  He seems to have pretty good games against Detroit and when I caught about a 5 minutes stretch of a recent game--I saw they had McDyess on him....which sort of answered my question, although I am wondering if they put Tayshaun on him and if not, then why the hell not?

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2008 8:13 pm

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good assesment.    All those guys come with a chip on their shoulder.   Like  Nazr said  "ive never been on a team where 1 through 15  everybody likes eachother"  

From time to time I look at other teams rosters  and think wich players would "Fit"  on Detrioits roster and be productive.    
I would love to see  Jermaine Oneil on this roster. 

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2008 8:12 pm

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I like your assessment of the 1st 6 pistons.  I would like to see what you think of Jarvis Hayes and the young guards (Afflalo and Stuckey).  Does our guard rotation off the bench kind of remind you of the championship year when James and hunter would come in and hold down the fort?

It is great to be a Piston fan...our team is poised for the present and the future. I just hope Amir and Samb both develop well.  

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2008 4:32 pm

Player assessment

I pretty much agree with your assesments of the Pistons. Sheed, although most don't see his real value (or just plain ole' don't like him) is the most talented player on the team. Even Charles Barkley, who played the same position, said if Rasheed had the focus of Jordan or Bird, he could be the best player in the league. Kenny Smith didn't agree totally, but did say he'ld be a top 5 player if he wanted to. This was in the last game broadcast on TNT when they played the Spurs. 

Also, we should be happy that Chauncey took a while to become one of the best Points in the league. If not, he might not be a Piston today, making up half of the leagues best backcourt. Anyway, good assessment and I look forward to reading what real Pistons fans have to say (since I really son't get that chance out here on the west coast).  

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2008 1:01 pm

Player assessment

Nice Job my fellow Piston Fan,,,,even thou Wallace is NOT my favorite Piston these is NO doubt that he was the missing link the year we won the title.  I remember when we first made that trade and stole him from Alt, I told all my friends that we were poised to make the title run because he was the ONE thing we were missing.. Boy I won some kool cash that season of them and Laker fans.



Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2008 11:31 am

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6th man of the year???(probly not)...

Well, if guys like Manu Ginobili and Leandro Barbosa would be starters like they are suppose to, then Jason Maxiell would have a chance at winning it! He is probably the best TRUE sixth man.

Great blog on our Pistons by the way!

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